Even Top Designers Make Duds Sometimes

Every so often I make something that never sees the light of day because the idea in my head was so much better than the finished article.  Sometimes it makes me laugh to see what oddity I ended up with, sometimes I could cry for the hours spent on what turns out to be a bit of a road crash.

And I wondered, do top designers get ideas that really just should never have left the drawing board, too?   I decided to do a bit of searching… Here’s what I found…

Yves St Laurent wedding dress, inspired by a babuska doll apparently…. all credit to any man that says yes to a lass in this!

Balenciaga couture 1968 – interesting for a photo but in reality it’s a cross between a bed sheet and a lamp shade

I can only hope this was either by Weta Workshop or was a 13 year old’s sewing project – no other excuses are acceptable

… and this one? well this is just taking the piss…

~Flo  (Dianne)

Dog Fancy Dress – part 4

There are no words…

it’s a simple rule –
if you wouldn’t wear it, don’t make your dog wear it

is it a dog, is it two pirates?
ohhh, my sides

you all loved the T Rex, so here’s
a triceratops for you!

Dog Vader?
ATAT Dog – May the Force Be With You

Cerberus
One can only ponder what that poor dog thinks of that!

And there we end for today – largely because my sides can’t take any more.

~Dianne

http://www.geekologie.com/2011/10/helooks-miserable-atat-dog-costume.php

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220749433827&hlp=false

http://randomrr.com/pirate-dog-costume-win.html

 

 

Feline Fashions – A Real Cat In A Hat (and worse)

Oh my goodness, the can o’ worms is indeed opened and quite seriously upturned.

A friend asked me why the sudden obsession with dog clothes, since I make children’s clothes and do not even own a dog – indeed I’m know as something of a cat lover… and this lead to the inevitable question “Do they make cat clothes?”

My immediate response was to scoff.  NO self-respecting cat – or even a cat with no self respect – would EVER be seen in clothes, I said.  Not ever.  It’s not gonna ha…

Oh Hell!

High Society Cat in a Hat

Your common-or-garden working class (possibly French and/or a burglar) Cat in a Hat

A cat with high expectations of what he will be when he grows up

A cat who has taken to heart the notion that all cats are the queen bee

Who are these two handsome felines?
Elementary my dear pusskins – Sherlock and Dr Watson

May I introduce to you
King Whiskerworth of Paws and Lady Mewlington Scratch

it’s not easy being green…

I am now away to take my medication and try not to have nightmares, although I fear I will fail and the night will be long.

Oh the horrors.

~ Lady Dianne ‘Catlady’ Whiskerworth Scratch

Find more fantastic cat creations here:

http://whatifcatsworepeopleclothes.tumblr.com/

http://www.petoffice.co.jp/catprin/english/#akage

http://www.thesophisticatedcat.com/cat_clothes/index.html

Cat in the Hat goes into Space!

I’ve been nose down at Doris and Dotty ( the overlocker and sewing machine, for those of you not in the know) and have whipped up heaps of new trousers this week.

I’ve got pocket ones, frilly ones and even shark ones, but my faves at the moment are the rocket pants…

Cat in teh Hat Rocekt Trousers by mooandflo

There you go, that’s a small sneaky peek of what I’ve been up to.  If you fancy buying them, go to the shop – or just tell your friends about the fun things here at mooandflo!

Thank you, Dianne

Winter is Fancy Pants Time

The cold weather is slowly sneaking up on us here in New Zealand, and whilst a few hardy folk will steel themselves and wear jandals right through to next summer, for most of us the dark nights herald thermal vests, warm cardigans and long trousers.

This is good news for mooandflo, because I love making exciting trousers, fancy pants, and loony longs!  There’s nothing better than sewing fun pockets  or kooky frills onto a seemingly normal pair of denims or cords, transforming them into something that raises a smile and brings a bit of yippeeee into our lives.

With this in mind, I’ve embarked on a range of fun Carnival Pants with lovely flounces and frills around the bottom, invoking a bit of Brazil, a warmer climate, and a whole lot of dancing and fun.

carnival pants with antique rose frill

carnival pants with antique rose frill

carnival pants red and green frill by mooandflo

carnival pants with minty apple frill

carnival pants with sassy striped frill

carnival pants with sassy striped frill

carnival pants with strawberry  frill

carnival pants with strawberry frill

This is just a little sample of the trousers that will be coming up, so keep popping back and what on earth I’ll come up with next!

Until then, Ay Carumba!

Dianne (flo) – mooandflo

Monster Madness Friday 13th Sale at mooandflo

There will be a mooandflo Monster Friday the 13th Sale tonight, one night only, 8-10pm only (NZ time).

Some ridiculous bargains to be had!

Come join in the fun and foolishness here

Or just go to the online shop and avoid the foolishness – your choice, lol.

Love, Frank N Stein

Snakes Alive! Baby Snake Skin Shoes

Recently, I had a request from a customer on my Facebook page to make some of my Little Pods with snakes on.  Snakes!  Cripes!

I had a little search and couldn’t find any fabric that had snakes on or that was even a bit snaky to my mind, and then I remembered that in my magical fabric cupboard of joy, right at the back, I had some gorgeous suede-like material I’d always called dinosaur skin… like this

I mulled over the possible fabrics for the reverse for quite some time.  I do have some lovely fabrics that are boyish, but couldn’t quite think of any that would so with the snake theme… and then I remembered some Ikea fabric I’d bought recently to make bags…

Perfect!

So I whipped up a pair of reversible shoes in it, to see how it would turn out.

Here’s the finished product.  I love the fact that the poppers are brown on one side and lime green on the other – it’s the little things like that which keep me amused and make crafting fun.  What do you think?  Do they say ‘snake’ to you?

Luckily, they did indeed say ‘snake’ to Karina who had commissioned them, so now they are all wrapped and ready to go to their new home in Australia.  Like they don’t have enough snakes there already!

Bon Voyage, Snakes Alive Shoes!  Enjoy Brissy.

~Dianne of mooandflo

By the way – no actual snakes were hurt in the making of these shoes 🙂

Girls Love Sharks Too

Why do little girls never get clothes with diggers on?  Or sharks or monsters, or  Lightning McQueen and Thomas the Tank?

I mean, since when have exciting things like that been just for boys?

At mooandflo we just go for it and make monster frocks and shark dresses and even – dare I say it – skirts with Cars on them!  I know – it’s total anarchy here in the Waitakere Ranges.

And here’s the funny thing – they actually sell.  Go figure.  Do you think maybe someone should let the mainstream clothes manufacturers know?

Here are some of the cool girls’ clothes mooandflo have made so far:

mooandflo monster frock

shark frock by mooandflo

Lightning McQueen Skirt - mooandflo

pirate dress by mooandflo

So there you have it – just a small selection of mooandflo  girls’ things with a bit of grrrr and oomph and yo-ho-ho.

Now, boys’ clothes in pink, that’s a whole new thing to tackle…