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mocca and the moomin dress

This past weekend we had a heatwave -- and the 2008 Mocca art fest to attend (see pics!). Spending two days of the heatwave inside a nice air-conditioned hall was pretty alright. Until the building was evacuated on Sunday, that is. In what was supposedly over 100 degrees. But still, a good show for us, and lots of fun for Emily -- this was her fourth and she's not jaded yet!

Friday I finished her Moomin dress (using the farbenmix pattern Vida, with panels made of vintage finnish Moomin fabric, and heck was that hard to get hold of). We all love Moomins here (more on that some other day), but she is crazy for them in the way only a 3-year-old can be (note the "mymble knot" hairstyle -- this alternates with "pippi tails", i.e. pigtails as her regular style). She was so excited that her dress (starring! Little! My!) was done she insisted on wearing it to Mocca on Saturday (and then again today, to tell the truth!). I was really happy with the dress, the pattern is excellent. But here, I'll just show you! I got some cute pics of it while she was running around in our little corner.

front:

the moomin dress!

back:

the moomin dress!

I did not get a photo of the faced hem, which was a fun detail to add. if you see the underside of the skirt there is a very wide band of bright yellow dotted fabric. I needed to do a faced hem because of the Moomin fabric (I was barely ekeing those panels out as it was and couldn't afford a hem allowance!) so I decided to have some fun with it. It came out pretty cute -- even though it was extra work I will definitely do it again! The pattern was a little intimidating (so many pieces!) but actually incredibly easy and quick to put together. And lots of room to grow -- I think this dress will wear out before she grows out of it!

As an added bonus, she ate lunch out of her Moomin bento box both days (thanks uncle tim!!!) -- no photos, but it was nothing exciting (grapes, macaroni, and cutout pancakes). She was a happy Moomin-loving girl all weekend. And now...off to the shore to get out of this heat!!

What did you say?

I adore this dress! Beautiful - love the moomin fabric! Soooo cute! I don't blame her for wanting to wear it every day! :)

That dress is insanely cute -- as is Emily. She's growing up fast!

You'd think a child would be scarred from being taken to all these comic conventions but I think she handles it better than most of the nervous fan boy/girls running about.

So cute - the dress and Emily. I have a Moomin book around here somewhere that I've had since I was a kid. Makes me want to dig it out and read it again.

Flynn either wears her hair in a ponytail, braids, or "Princess Leia" style. :-)

So cute - the dress and Emily. I have a Moomin book around here somewhere that I've had since I was a kid. Makes me want to dig it out and read it again.

Flynn either wears her hair in a ponytail, braids, or "Princess Leia" style. :-)

I LOVE this dress! Very cool. I especially like the first photo of Emily.

That is so adorable!!! I love the Moomin fabric - ok had to go look it up. Perfect for VIDA and very swank on Emily!

Sarah,
It was an honor to meet you, Evan, and Emily.I found some more pamphlets for you and I dug up the solar powered monkey for Emily. I'll bring them to the next con or I can mail them to you. Hope you enjoyed the shore.

I love the dress, I would demand to wear it every day too.

Do you find it hard to resist kissing her sweet little cheeks all day? I have that problem with Evie who has similar cheeks :)

Thanks everyone!! The Moomin dress has been a huge hit with all of us. Hopefully she won't wear it out too fast!!

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