maya mori

in the midst…


the flower fairy

participating in the kcwc a few weeks ago inspired me to keep sewing! my daughter really loves a book she received from her nana, flower fairies of the winter, and asked to be a flower fairy for halloween.

i used the emma modkid pattern and various fabrics & notions i had already. i used a bright green silk dupioni for the bodice and added vintage lace & buttons. the petals/leaves on the shirt are soft green voile and the petals for the skirt are alternating pink voile & a light white seersucker.




frankie loves her costume! now, i’m ready to tackle aidan’s red dr. horrible costume and ethan’s steampunk striped vest.





Day 5

The hardest part of this challenge for me is keeping up with the posting! On Friday, Day 5 of KCWC, I finished a chartreuse linen bubble skirt for Frankie. It is lisette pattern 0410. The trim matches the ruffled bird shirt. I love it! There was no school on Friday, so it was tough to squeeze an hour of sewing in. My older boys were super helpful with the baby and in addition to this skirt, we managed to get homework, games and music practice in too. Frankie wasn’t that helpful, but she sure looks cute in her new outfit!




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Creative Therapy…Day 4

I was really excited to sew this shirt together for Day 4 of KCWC. I’ve had this brown & pink bird fabric forever and it turned out really well. I used lisette pattern 0410 and used the last ten minutes of my hour to cut out the matching skirt. (my project to complete Friday) Frankie wouldn’t let me take her picture…she only wanted to wear a dress today! I’ll get a picture of her in the complete outfit on Friday.



Creative Therapy…Day 2 and Day 3

After cutting out so many cute things on Day 1, I was really excited to start sewing. Unfortunately, I woke up on Tuesday really, really sick. Working that day was painful, slow and unproductive. Luckily, I felt a bit better on Wednesday and finished the first two dresses. The Frida pattern by Modkid is adorable and came together really easily. Frankie loves them both, but prefers the butterfly!








Creative Therapy…Day 1

For some reason KCWC (Kids Clothes Week Challenge) always arrives at the worst time for me. Instead of letting it pass me by, I decided to embrace the chaos and utilize the challenge as creative therapy. Life has been trying at best lately, but I love to sew…and I really love to sew for my kids. For information on KCWC, click here.

On Sunday night, I traced some Modkid patterns. They come printed on thick paper, so I trace the size I need and then I can reuse it in a different size.

So, with my Sunday evening jump start, I spent my hour on Day One cutting out. Two Modkid Frida dresses, one in warm tones & one in cool tones.




Two cute ruffled tops by Lisette (0410) One in a cute owl print and the other in a mod bird print.

I also cut out another Lisette pattern (0409) in a kitschy print with red polka dot piping.

I actually had a few more things I wanted to cut out, but I think I need to start sewing. If I have time later, I want to cut out the Modkid Kyoko pattern.

A big thank you to my friend Jennifer, who inspired me to do this. Check out her KCWC progress at Creating Bits of Envy!


two little coats

months ago i started some coats for frankie and finally completed them. (thanks to my awesome friend jen, who came to visit a few weeks ago & nested with me!!)

for the first one i used a pattern from handmade beginnings by anna maria horner.  i decided that with a few simple adjustments it could also be reversible.  i love the bird print, the pieced hood & large vintage button.  frankie's jacket 1frankie's jacket detailit was really simple to make it reversible and i think the lining fabric by joel dewberry is lovely.frankie's jacket - reversiblefor the second coat i used a heidi & finn downloadable pattern from etsy.  i love her patterns…they are simple, modern and easily modified.  (i absolutely adore the modern cowl dress that i made for frankie too!)

i used a great goldenrod polka dot by riley blake and lotus by amy butler.  again, it was simple to make reversible and the vintage buttons look fantastic!sweet pea coat 1sweet pea coat detail 1sweet pea coat 2sweet pea coat detail



my goodness, it’s been forever since i’ve posted!  life has been so very busy lately.  school projects, oya no kai’s auction, running after frankie and getting ready for our baby!  i am almost 36 weeks and it’s hard to believe that our little one will be here in less than a month.

my dear friend jen came to visit me a few weeks ago & we settled in for 4 days of sewing, crafting and catching up.  jen is one of the most creative people i know…check out her projects, ideas and her latest office re-design at creating bits of envy.

we sifted through piles of patterns/fabric and decided to make some clothes to fit the new baby in the fall.  she also encouraged me to complete my unfinished projects.  months ago i started several outfits for frankie and never finished them!

first up, a modern cowl dress for f.  i found the downloadable heidi & finn pattern on etsy.  i made a matching headband out of fabric scraps & vintage buttons.  jen finished the red velvet jacket i had cut out for christmas…it looks perfect with the stripes!striped modern cowl dressstripes headbandred velvet bolerored velvet bolero / vintage button detail

next we worked on some outfits for the baby.  i made a reversible jacket/dress out of vintage knit, red flannel and handmade bias tape.  jen pieced together an adorable dress out of the smallest fabric scraps EVER, using a patty young modkid pattern.dress 1dress detail 1dress 2the maya dressruffle detailfabric detail

we completed several other projects…i will take pictures & post soon!