maya mori

in the midst…


the dress

I just finished sewing myself a dress!  I haven’t felt the desire to sew for myself in a long time. Mainly because my body has changed so much in the last 4 years, being pregnant twice and nursing.  I have also been so busy designing and sewing for Frankie & Coco PDX that I haven’t had much time.  I have been saving 3 yards of the most beautiful vintage silk print, given to me years ago by my dear friend Jen.  She has a remarkable eye, is a fantastic seamstress & knitter and inspires me daily.  You can check out her projects at Creating Bits of Envy.

I decided to use a Simplicity pattern and switched a few things to make it more my own.  I was nervous to cut into this fabric, but I’m so glad I did!  It turned out really lovely and fits perfectly.  I will have to post a picture of myself wearing it eventually.  I absolutely love the pleated sleeves and that it has pockets!

silk dress

silk dress necklinesilk dress sleeve


KCW / Spring 2013 / Day Two

Yikes!  Tuesday was so busy, I barely finished the dress.  The skirt came together pretty easily and the pleating looks really great.  I hand finished the neck and sleeves and then was so tired that I decided to roll hem the bottom on the serger.  Frankie woke up this morning and was delighted!  After dropping off her older brothers at school, we came home and had a little photo shoot.KCW Spring 2013 - Frankie Dress

KCW Day 2 - Frankie Dress

KCW Spring 2013 - Frankie Dress

KCW Spring 2013 - Frankie Dress

KCW Spring 2013 - Frankie DressKCW Spring 2013 - Frankie Dress

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KCW / Spring 2013 / Day One

it’s difficult some days to just feed my 4 kids, let alone sew for them! thank goodness for kcw (kids clothes week), the seasonal challenge that really sparks the creative fire.

for day one i decided to delve into my stash of vintage patterns and found this lovely mccall’s gem to sew for my 3 year old daughter, frankie.


cute pattern, cute dress, strange text…


i decided to use a vintage print with red piping. i was able to cut it out and sew the bodice together in my hour. i really love the cherry red piping & facing. i can’t wait to see it finished tomorrow!





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the glass is half full?

it can be a struggle to focus on the positive, especially with a busy life & four children. at the end of the day, i am often overwhelmed by the plethora of dirty dishes, piles of laundry (clean & dirty both), the remnants of food that coco tossed on the floor, the clods of dirt trailed in by baseball cleats and the various complaints & tantrums.  yet, there were many lovely moments today too..

clementines, lemons & daffodils

first spring bike ride with the girls.

first spring eggs (after a long break)

working on my t-shirt rug project

sweet afternoon slumber

ethan’s kanji practice

a few moments to sew

reading wildwood with aidan


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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!