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)

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Bibs, Dribblers and Babies

I have to tell you, there are times when I am sat in my own wee world in the work room, cutting, designing, stitching and photographing stuff, that I begin to wonder whether my marbles really have finally gone off on a wee jaunt to Fiji and left me behind in la-la land.   Or maybe I’m just getting clucky again, heaven forbid!   But all I want to do at the moment is make things in miniature.

Given I flit from project to project, with the attention span of a demented moth, it’s always a relief when something sells – for both me and the long-suffering Mister Flo who tolerates my mad cap doings and only sometimes moans about the number of pins he finds on the carpet.

Anyhoo, this week I’ve gone berserk making bibs and taggy toys, and I’m pleased to say they are going down mighty well so far.   here are some of the bibs… the rest are on Facebook here

mooandflo bib

mooandflo bib

At just $7 and $8 each, they are selling well so far.

mooandflo bib

mooandflo bib

Postage is free for a limited time, so get your order in quick and take advantage of the freebie!

mooandflo bib

mooandflo bib

And don’t forget I can accept payment by Paypal so I can post anywhere in the world.

mooandflo bib

mooandflo bib

I only make a tiny limited run of any one design (usually about 3-4, but never more than say 10) so don’t hang around if there is one you really love!

mooandflo bib

mooandflo bib

Some of these are sold already!

mooandflo bib

mooandflo bib

mooandflo bib

If you want to see more designs, just pop over to our Facebook page and take a peek!

~Dianne (Flo)

Baby Bibs Galore

I’ve been having a hoot making babe bibs this past week or two, using up all those wee bits of fabric that were too small to make frocks or skirts with.  The bibs with Kiwiana designs have gone down a treat, so I’ve bought some more lovely fabric on that theme to add to the variety.  I also love the wee pussy cat and giraffe  ones – I’m a sucker for animals, as you all know.

Here are a few:

mooandflo Kiwiana bibs

mooandflo bibs

mooandflo jandal bibs

mooandflo Thomas The Tank bib

for my dear nephew Roman

mooandflo dribble bib

Such fun to make!  Time to go whip up some more 🙂

~Dianne

Cute Colourful Dresses

It’s been another good sewing week, and my favourite pieces are these bright and colourful frocks I’ve made.

It’s a no-brainer that I’d fall in love with the giraffe frock, since I have a rather sizeable giraffe obsession, but even accounting for that, you have to admit this fabric is just divine.  I’d like to thank my gorgeous friend Alice for gifting it to me – she is just the best.

Happy Giraffes Dress

The rangoli dress is made from a panel I found in a sale and just couldn’t resist.  I just adore it, not least of all because of the sassy strip down the back.  Wouldn’t that bring a bit of oomph to the cold winter months?

Rangoli Dress (front and back)

If you want to one of these dresses, or want to peek at my other creations, just pop over to mooandflo’s online shop.

Thank you, happy stitching,  Dianne

Mooandflo Facebook Giveaway

You should know by now that I like a wee competition or giveaway now and then, so here’s the latest fun.

You have to look at the mooandflo catwalk on Facebook and tell me which of the pics is your favourite.

That’s it!  Easy.

HOW TO VOTE

You can

– whichever method you choose, make sure you are very clear which pic it is you are voting for.

You can vote more than once, but you can only vote for each picture one time.

You can ask friends and family to vote too.

No-one has to like the page in order to vote.

WINNERS

The winners will be the pic with the most comments (by any method) and the comment that we like the most.

PRIZE

Winners will get a wee goodie pack from mooandflo.

CLOSING DATE

Entries close on Thursday 3rd May, 9pm NZ time.

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

Friday 13th Discount Coupons for mooandflo

COUPON CODE A

The first three orders to use the coupon code MegaMonsterMadness will get 25% off their order!

COUPON CODE B

Every order after that will get a fab 13% off if they use the code MonsterMadness.

VALID

The coupon codes are only valid 8-10pm NZ time on Friday 13th April so go go go!

shop at mooandflo.co.nz

Some Super Size 3 Dresses

I finally had time to make some new stuff this week and treated myself to making some girls’ dresses in really lovely fabrics.  I made size 3s since there have been a fair few requests for that size lately, but there will have to be some 2s and 4s made soon otherwise there’ll be an insurrection.

Anyway here they are, the new frocks.  I sometimes so wish I had a wee girly all of my own – thank goodness for nieces, cyber nieces, and friends’ kids!

butterfly dress

I guess at some point I should also make some trousers for the boys, too, since winter is just around the corner.

~ Dianne

A Bit of Girly Glitz

The creative block was finally overcome with a little burst of sewing, and what better to sew than some frilly wee slip ons for girlies?

My own ankle biter is a boy, so this is how I fill my lace and glitter rations, how I get my fairy fix, how I… oh alright, enough already, you get the drift.

I made them, photographed and uploaded them, and even managed to update my online shop – yes indeed, the creative block is gone.

Do you want to see them?  Do ya?  Do ya?