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Making A Moomin Skirt

I’ve been a big fan of the Moomins from a young age and like most people of my generation I came to know of the delightful inhabitants of Moominvalley via the nineties cartoon. I didn’t read the wonderful Tove Jansson books until I was in secondary school, and was enchanted all over again by the free-spirited Moomin family and their decidedly bohemian friends. A lot of the stories are overlain with melancholy, and the whimsical tales often carry a lot of depth or wisdom.

This particular fabric depicts the Moomins in the jungle or on safari (just like me!) and therefore combines two of my favourite things: Moomins and animals! Rather than a repeated print the full length fabric was like a mini tableau, featuring Little My commandeering a rhino, Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden climbing with the monkeys, Moominpappa dozing in a hammock above some tigers and Moominmamma calmly watering her pumpkins in between the chaos.

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I’m holding my Moomin egg timer in these photos which is one of my most treasured possessions. I’m not from a very close family and we are all terrible at gift-giving (James says I’m just hard to buy gifts for, in which case I take after my Dad) but my Mum bought me this last Christmas and it’s one of the best presents I’ve ever had!

I followed my usual skirt pattern (first seen here) and, for this particular skirt, I also engaged in some pretty rash pattern cutting decisions in a vague attempt to preserve certain characters. I sewed it by hand as I don’t have a sewing machine. Whilst this may have resulted in some untidy stitching (which would never have been allowed to see a shop floor) I don’t mind too much, as how many other people have a Moomin safari skirt?
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27 Comments

  • Reply Belphoebe

    This looks so amazing! I love the Moomins too, they’re everywhere at the moment! I love how you’ve paired this with the green shirt too, so colourful, and the fact that you made the skirt yourself, well, you’re a woman of many many talents!

    August 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply tapeparade

      Thank you so much lovely!!! XX

      August 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Oh wow! How lovely! I adore Moomins 😀

    I love how you matched your belt with it – they look great together!

    August 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Caitlin

    CUTE! You’ve inspired me to go on a hunt for a Where the Wild Things Are print and make that into either a skirt or a dress. I’d never heard of the Moomins before but the stories seem really sweet, I’ll check them out.

    August 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    • Reply tapeparade

      Yes do! I actually have a where the wild things top I made a couple years ago! Maybe I should feature it next 🙂

      August 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Sophie Cathe

    I love Moomin when I was a kid. I used to collect twenties Moomin pencils.

    xx Sophie
    http://navysophie.blogspot.com/

    August 10, 2013 at 7:33 am
  • Reply winnie

    Love the fabric! I haven’t made a skirt in years and years but it’s so satisfying to wear something you created yourself.

    August 11, 2013 at 12:45 am
  • Reply Blythe

    I love your Moomin skirt and egg timer! Your outfit is very cute 🙂

    tulip-agate.blogspot.com

    August 11, 2013 at 7:42 am
    • Reply tapeparade

      Thanks Blythe! You are the first person who likes the egg timer haha! XXX

      August 11, 2013 at 11:32 am
  • Reply missdemmy

    You look amazing. Love your outfit and pretty pictures. Thanks for your comment. xx
    demmydaily.blogspot.com

    August 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Lucia

    Ah this skirt is awesome! I went to the Moomin store in Covent Garden the other week for a laugh-it was so cute haha
    Lucia’s Loves
    x

    August 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Abi

    Such a cute and colourful post! Adore the hairband as well 🙂
    Abi xx
    http://alittleabstract.blogspot.com/?m=0

    August 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply tapeparade

      Thank you! It’s actually just a piece of ribbon! X

      August 12, 2013 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Anouk van Burken (@KeysofAnouk)

    What an amazing outfit! I really love your egg timer and skirt 🙂 xo

    August 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    Hi Laila! Just found your blog via Sade’s twitter and I’m so glad. I think it’s so cool that you’re a multi-instrumentalist as my favourite all time artist is a multi-instrumentalist (shugo tokumaru). Love your headband and your skirt – I used to get the words moomin and mormons mixed up all the time when I was little which is an awkward mistake to make.

    August 12, 2013 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Paige

    Aw such cute photos! Love the lemon colour really suits you! Gladrags have a online shop you can get a skins tshirt here lovely http://www.gladragsboutique.co.uk/#!t-shirts/c52e xx

    http://www.heldtogetherbypins.blogspot.co.uk/

    August 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I’ve loved Moomins till I remember <3 yay 🙂 that skirt is to die for and you look wonderful !
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

    August 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply libys11

    awww.. too adorable!! 😀

    Animated Confessions

    August 13, 2013 at 1:04 am
  • Reply Priya

    Oh my gosh! My mom is from Finland so I was basically raised on Moomi! I now have a Moomi mug, towel, stickers, etc. It’s always interesting to try and explain it to Americans 🙂 I even mentioned him on my blog once! This is such a cute skirt, and you made it yourself?! Awesome!

    perfectly priya

    August 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm
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    October 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm
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  • Reply Writing&Rambling (@sunshinesarahxo)

    Love it! Can i have one please?! And I love that egg timer and ring!! You have the best Moomin accessories!!!!!!! =( xoxoxo

    August 9, 2016 at 9:44 am
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