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6 Oct

Author of the Month: Molly Goodall of Wild Things to Sew and Wear

Hello, Molly Goodall. WELCOME!

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Molly Goodall, photo by Hoyoung Lee

This month, we sit down for a Q&A with Molly Goodall, artist, designer, creator of the unique children’s clothing brand, Little Goodall, and author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear. Originally from North Carolina, Molly earned her BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in 1997, where she became focused on children’s wear. She then worked as a toy designer in New York before deciding “it would be more fun to be an artist” and moved to North Texas, where she, her husband, and son currently live.

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1. What’s your craft?

I design and sew unique children’s clothing.

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[The original Ferocious Felt Lion Coat, Sweetheart Owl Hat, and Cheeky Green Dinosaur Coat pictured above are among an incredible collection of children’s playwear, animal-themed coats, dresses, and accessories (and a few adult sized coats under the label “Mrs.Goodall”)–all handmade in North Texas–at the Little Goodall online shop. Founded in 2010, Little Goodall grew out of the original Ferocious Felt Lion Coat, which Molly designed and made to inspire her then two-year-old son who refused to wear the hoods on his coats.]

2. What project would you consider an all-time best?

It’s usually the one I’ve just finished! This year I reworked two of my first designs; a lion coat and an owl coat. I made them from more luxurious fabrics, added removable hoods and several other details so they could be more versatile. Part of the process I enjoy the most is seeing how garments wear and what children like best about them, and then figuring our how to make them even more special.

3. What project would you consider an all-time worst?

Once, when I was about 17 I decided to make my dress to wear to a cotillion dance. I found a lovely and feminine rose print chiffon and a pattern which was all cut on the bias. I hadn’t had any experience sewing with the tricky chiffon, and I chose a lining which was not compatible. I ended up in tears the night before the party, with an ill fitting puckered disaster of a dress which wasn’t even finished. Needless to say there was an emergency shopping trip the next day to find a suitable dress.

4. What tool or material could you not live without?

My iron! It makes everything look finished, helps construct 3-D shapes when sewing, and revives tired looking fabrics. A garment which is pressed throughout construction is much more professional looking than one which is pressed only after finishing. I am a big fan of pressing thoroughly and often.

5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Making time more elastic. I always misjudge how long something will take me, so if I could stretch time out when needed it would definitely be super. Most days could use an extra hour here or there, whether for finishing a project or just catching up on sleep.

To learn more, visit Molly’s blog and the Little Goodall company website at www.littlegoodall.com.

Interested in sewing something a little wild for your little one? First: WARNING: These are simple, bold, and playful clothes that your child may never ever want to take off.

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In Wild Things to Sew and Wear Molly expertly guides you through the creation of 15 adorable children’s garments and accessories in the shape of woodland animals, wild animals, and farm animals, including a lion or fox coat, an owl hat, a leopard skirt, kitten mittens, and more. The book includes easy-to-follow patterns to suit all sewing levels, from beginner through advanced, a comprehensive techniques section that shows how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric, transfer markings, and cut with confidence, and as an added bonus, a pattern CD is also included!

 

Buy Wild Things to Sew and Wear at your favorite bookseller:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Walmart

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1 Oct

Fun & Funny Face Paint Ideas for Halloween

Like Courtney, I’m pretty obsessed with finding the perfect idea for my Halloween costume each year.  For me, the perfect Halloween costume:

Me as a clown

Me as a clown (and my mom!)

1) Can be conjured up mostly using clothes and objects you already own.

2) Takes no more than one or two hassle-free hours to create (I refer to Sarah’s Halloween Disaster 2008: an incredibly unattractive handmade Rainbow Bright costume.)

3) Is totally unique & impresses upon my friends my extreme wit & crafty talent.

As such, face paint is my favorite go-to for creative, clever and EASY Halloween costumes. To prove my point, I will now present exhibits A-D: me as a clown (with my mom!), me as a a zebra, me as Elphaba from THE WIZ, and me as the girl in the moon.

Me as a zebra

Me as a zebra

Me as the moon

Me as the moon

 

Me as Elphaba from The Wiz

Me as Elphaba from The Wiz

 

In short, my best Halloween suggestion is to pair a great face paint idea with a solid black outfit; you’ll be out the door (and AWESOME) in no time at all.  Here are a few fun ideas:

One more observation before I go:

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES IN AMERICA VS. ENGLAND: Whereas it seems to me that most popular American costumes are clever, funny or sexy, Halloween in England has a decidedly darker tone – British Halloween parties are filled with creepy, gross & disturbing apparitions.  In other words, go dead or go home.  A favorite go-to Halloween idea in the UK is to pair your run-of-the-mill costume (bride, firefighter, nurse, postal worker) with a ZOMBIE-FIED or POST-DEATHLY-CAR-ACCIDENT face paint.  Nice twist, right?  Try it yourself with this helpful Zombie Make-up Tutorial from About.com.

– Sarah

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30 Sep

6 Easy & Fun Ideas to Make Your Own DIY Costume for Kids or Adults

Is that a chill in the air, or am I just spooked that Halloween is right around the corner and I don’t have a costume ready yet?! If you’re like me, you spend about 11 months, 29 days, and 12 hours thinking about your costume, and one frantic hour actually making it. But don’t worry—these great DIY costumes for kids and adults will keep the holiday from becoming a nightmare!

Crazy Octopus Costume via SkinnyScoop.com

Crazy Octopus Costume via SkinnyScoop.com

  • Speaking of nightmares, I’m pretty sure my washing machine houses a ghost that’ssimply ravenous for socks. As a result, I have about a dozen extra socks lying around that don’t have a partner. Here’s an adorable octopus costume that makes use of those—as well as all those extra buttons I may or may not have stored in a desk drawer somewhere! Easy Octopus Costume from Designing Mom Shinmin on MomIncDaily
  • Paper Doll Costumer from AmazingeZone.com via DIYnCrafts.com

    Paper Doll Costumer from AmazingeZone.com via DIYnCrafts.com

    Have some cardboard, tape, and markers lying around? Turn yourself or your kidinto a paper doll! My favorite part about this costume is that it’s essentially unfinished, so you can talk about your last-minute cleverness without shame. Simply Adorable Paper Doll Costume via DIYnCrafts.com

  • I tend to think all babies are so cute, they’re good enough to eat. So why not embracethat sentiment, and salute your gluten-free lifestyle in the meantime? It’s sushi time! Hint: To simplify this costume even more, just dress baby all in white. Attach an orange pillow to the back of baby’s shirt, and wrap a green ribbon around the center of the pillow and baby’s belly! Sushi Baby Costume from Carolyn Caffelle MarthaStewart.com And visit Carolyn’s Etsy store for a ton of other brilliant baby costumes.
  • Know how to crochet?  Feeling a little more ambitious about this year’s costume?  Check out these brilliant ideas for crocheted hats – They’re a no-brainer as a costume starter, or all on its own!  Crocheted costumes, here we come! Crocheted Costume Hats designed by SeasonGirlStitches

Good luck with your own DIY Halloween costume and – by all means – feel free to share your own brilliant costume ideas, favorite past cotumes, or photos of this year’s masterpiece with us in the comments section!

– Courtney

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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