Allow me to introduce our wonderfully talented Designer of the Week, Mel from Mini Mooches. Mel has a fondness for vintage florals and frilly bums, and today we’d like to share a little look at her creative process and design inspiration! We also have a gorgeous handmade romper to giveaway to one very lucky reader!
Mini Mooches came to life back in 2010 when Mel was at a crossroad in her life. She explains, “I have always been one of those girly girls, into fashion and all things pretty! In 2010, my husband and I had just sold our business and I had to decide what was next for me. My identical twin nieces were born that year. I had been making them sweet little outfits, and I thought, why not do this on a more professional level? Mini Mooches was born soon after”.
As a little girl, Mel’s family had always called her ‘Mini the Moocher’ and she thought it would be a cute name that would reflect the brand she had in mind for little girls clothing.
Mel adores everything girly, and likes to work with vintage florals, softer colourings, lace, tulle, pearls and bows. She says, “Frills are an absolute must on most of my items. There’s nothing cuter than a frilly little bum! I prefer to do many different designs and have never been a fan of making lots of the one item. I do collections now, as from a business point of view it’s a better option, but I always get drawn back to doing custom orders. Just because every item created is a bit unique”.
Reflecting on her creativity, Mel says, “It’s easy to get a bit lost and lose your ‘sew-jo’ and whenever that happens I think of what I would like to dress my little girl in if I ever had one. What would I make her if we had a party to go to or if I was heading down to the park to play? That gets my mind ticking and most of the time inspiration follows…”
The Mini Mooches collection includes pretty handmade dresses, playsuits, bloomers, overalls and shorts. You can shop for your favourites online, or visit Mini Mooches on Facebook for all the latest news.
Would you like to win a Mini Mooches Blue Ballerina Ruffled Sweet-suit (size 00, 0 or 2)? To enter, simply visit Mini Mooches and tell us which design is your favourite. Please submit your entry through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Winner announced on 22 May, 2014.