Moomin Skirt

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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.

IMG_7156 aIMG_7167 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 like to use egg timers when I’m practising to divide my time between different pieces.

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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26 thoughts on “Moomin Skirt

  1. Belphoebe says:

    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!


  2. Caitlin says:

    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.


  3. Rebecca says:

    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.


  4. Priya says:

    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


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