Saturday, 31 December 2011

New sewing for a new Year..

Happy New Year to everyone, the moshi elves are still on semi-holiday till after New Year, when normal service will be resumed at the moshling household, until then hope you all have a marvelous New Year and we wish you all the best in 2012!!

The shop will be back to normal on 2nd January, and I have some special new things I have been working on with my trusty inspirational elves, who have been thinking very hard about what to do in this special year...

Friday, 30 December 2011

Vintage cotton reels

Vintage cotton reels by little_moshi
Vintage cotton reels, a photo by little_moshi on Flickr.

My new obsession is collecting vintage cotton reels. They call to me every time I find them. There is something so lovely about the sheen of old cotton that is unbelievably beautiful, and the labels are just amazing.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

moshi-moshi Blythe

Pilvi at sunrisezowie <3ADaD2O11:344/365Mint.Brisk Morning for Some Nice Bicciwhere the cold wind blows
ADaD2O11:332/365Bimba - FrFr Custom by CocomicchiHoney*MielBrianna  129/365 Bl♥vedADaD2O11:327/365Bean in an AWESOME Shirt By Moshi Moshi
Lily AfterWhere Timber is Most Comfortable 212/365 BL♥VEDPeaceful WoodsTimber in MoshiAutumnBabette <3
Addison Gray <3Ever feel like you're being watched?Morgane:)

moshi-moshi Blythe, a group on Flickr.

Just wanted to say a big thank you to all the lovely people who post their pics in the moshi-moshi pool. I love seeing everyone's girls in their clothes, it' s so lovely to be inspired by all the beautiful girls out there and the awesome photos taken by their owners. Thank you so much everyone. xxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

winding down...

winding down... by little_moshi
winding down..., a photo by little_moshi on Flickr.

I am going to be busy next week with other projects so the moshi elves are going to get a bit of a break. Saying that though, I had a moment of creativity yesterday and made some waistcoats out of some scraps of felt. I like the afghan edge, reminds me a bit of Jimi Hendrix.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

moshi update..

The wind up to Christmas is starting now. I have battled with town and bought wrapping paper and gift tags and new lights for the tree. I have perused my cookery books and started to plan what I will cook, and the list writing is well underway. Amazon are on hand to deliver books and dvd's, my mum and dad's presents are posted and the other presents are ready and waiting to be wrapped.

I have to go to Colstons School next week to paint the last wall of my commission there, so the drawings have been sent off and approved and I just need to get my paints and pencils ready now.

All this has meant less time for sewing, but I have made some middie dresses and now have completed 5 shirt and tie sets which will be in the shop 5pm (British time) Monday. I will try and do some more sewing today, I have dresses in my head that are just dying to get out and fabric waiting to be cut...

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Make a Moshi-mini skirt for Blythe

Print pattern actual size on A4 paper (don't click the fit in print area box) Embellish with nice pom pom edging or embroidery. Good fabrics are denim, corduroy, linen and stiff cottons. Stretchy fabrics will not work properly, it needs quite a robust weight of fabric to hold it's shape. You can use velcro or snaps to fasten.

If you want to use this pattern for personal use please feel free and enjoy, but don't use it for selling without crediting me. Many thanks.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sewing for small plastic people..

This autumn has seemed like a really creative time for me. The only problem is the dark afternoons where my studio gets too dark and the lack of light on these grey days frustrates me. I have been sewing like mad and enjoying the process immensely. MY skills as a pattern maker get better all the time and I am using a lot of vintage trims at the moment, as well as beautiful contemporary fabrics, though I think they still have a nostalgic feel to them.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Casual Frenchy Lemony

Casual Lemony by little_moshi
Casual Lemony, a photo by little_moshi on Flickr.

It's funny sometimes how the creative process works. It can start with an intention to do one thing and then end up with you going in a different way altogether. This week I knew I had some really nice striped jersey and I thought that I would make some leggings to go with nice boho style dresses. I made the leggings and then made the dresses, but the dresses looked better with tights so I thought I would leave them. But I had these leggings now and nothing that would go with them. So I thought that what would be good was some sloppy batwing t-shirts, so I made one to test the pattern. I made it from some old grey cotton jersey, just to see how it would turn out. It was really cute, and I was hugely impressed with my sewing machine's ability to cope with jersey. So I made some more and then made some scarves to go with them to give them a frenchy look. Then I thought I would experiment with some more shapes and made a more fitted top with a funnel neck, but then they had no trousers to go with them. So I made some plaid pants in some of my favourite indian cotton. They looked really cute. Anyway the upshot of this is that we have ended up with a whole range of relaxed outfits, completely unintentional, but I like it when that happens.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Florence in October

Perfectly composed bicycles

Perfect Coffee

The somewhat shabby back of the Pitti Palace

The window of Gilli's

Vasari's tunnel from the Uffizi

Mini patchwork

I have been wanting to make some mini patchworks for ages, so as usual I save all my scraps and now have started to make these. The squares start off at about 3cm before they are sewn. I think I could make them smaller but I need to do the patchwork properly for that to work. I love how the vintage fabrics go together, that's the pink one.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Vintage trimmings

There is a lovely VIntage Shop in Cardiff called "A Vintage Affair" it is in the Morgan Arcade. It is a lovely shop on two floors and packed to it's chintzy gunnels with every kind of vintage loveliness. Clothes, mens and women's, as well as haberdashery and jewelry, table linens and bric-a-brac. I love this shop and recently they have added a huge selection of really gorgeous vintage trimmings. This was the little horde I picked up on my last visit. Can't wait to get stitching! Oh and also a little visit to John Lewis for crochet supplies and thread.

Back to Work...

After the busy-ness that preceded Blythecon UK, I came back from London with a terrible stinky cold. The underground was crowded and the weather was unusually warm so I reckon there was a veritable swamp of opportunist germs just waiting to pounce on my tired immune system. It is always the way I think when you have been working hard that you seem to be able to keep going and then as soon as it finishes that's when you get flu or a cold.

I sniffed and coughed for a week, and pumped my body full of every cold remedy going, followed by daily helpings of Beroca multivitamins and finally got back to work. I have lots of new ideas following BCUK, but slowly they are coming together. I need two of me to get them all sewn. But I have been enjoying the new fabrics from Bath and must have another inspirational visit soon.