DIY Evening Dress – Simplicity 8330

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Whew!  As I sit and write this post, I’m in the midst of planning for a BIG retirement trip with my husband and about 7 other couples.  Now mind you, I’ve known about this trip for over a year.  I assured my husband that I would have all my outfits done in plenty of time so that we can take photos of the garments in the different areas we’re visiting.  Being the thoughtful gentleman that he is, he’s reminded me several times to get my outfits ready.  Do you think I listened?  NO!  I kept saying, “I know.  I’ll be ready.”  Here I am, seven days before departure, trying to sew enough clothes for an 11 day trip.  Whyyyyy???  Why have I done this to myself?  The other day my husband said I should just go buy a few outfits for the trip.  As I clutched my pearls and gave him a look of utter disbelief, he laughed and said, “okay.”  Sooo, I wake up sewing, and end the day sewing.  I have 5 new items sewn so far.  If I can get six more done, I’ll be happy, but we’ll see.  I’ll be sure to share all the outfits with you from the trip.  I’ve already photographed two of them, so that I can have something to share while I’m away.  For now, here’s a cute dress I made for our friend Eric’s retirement party last weekend.  Eric and my husband will both be celebrating their retirements on our trip.  They were classmates in the Fire Academy and have both completed 30 years of service with the Los Angeles City Fire Department.  I’m so proud of them!

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

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Okay, may I just say I love this fabric more than words can express?  Oh my goodness!  Not only is it beautiful, but it feels so amazing against my body.  It’s a 2-way stretch metallic knit with gold flecks that I picked up from Michael Levine Fabrics (link below) during the Mimi G Style Conference last month.  When I pulled it from the shelf, I smiled and knew it had to be paired with the perfect pattern for a fabulous occasion.

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

I’ve been holding onto Simplicity 8330 for a while because I wanted to sew View B, the mermaid look, for a formal event.  However, when I was searching through my stash for a pattern, View C screamed to be sewn with this sexy animal print.  I actually lengthened the dress to just below the knee for this event.  I used a super thin, slinky knit for the lining that I picked up from the Michael Levine Loft, similar to a Jet Set Knit that I’ve purchased in the past from JoAnn Fabrics.

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

Since this is a fully lined dress with a zipper insertion I do not recommend it for new beginners.  If you are visiting my blog and want to learn how to sew, please check out my free Beginner’s Sewing Course, where I teach the basics of sewing through step-by-step video tutorials.  During the course, we make 6 garments to practice the skills being introduced.  The videos are available to be viewed at your own pace, in the comfort in your own home, as often as you like.  You are welcome to share them with your family and friends.

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

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DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

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Anita

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

DIY Evening Dress - Simplicity 8330

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  2. Alicia

    Hello Anita!

    This is simply gorgeous and so are you! You pick the most beautiful fabrics that really make the patterns come to life! Have fun on your trip! Congratulations to your hubby and the other retirees. I have been watching your beginner videos over and over. I have purchased items needed for the circle skirt and have prepared my fabric. I have not made it yet, BUT I AM. Thanks for sharing with the sew community as you do!!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Alicia! Thank you so much! I really appreciate your feedback. I’m glad you like the videos.

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  3. Jean Murray

    Good Morning Anita,
    You look wonderful in this dress. If this is any indication on how the other outfits will be you will be a show stopper. Love your selection of fabric. Sorry you are under the gun on making the total outfits that you need for the trip. I hope you can do it. I am excited to see all of the outfits because I know that they will be beautiful and well styled.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Jean! Thank you so much! I didn’t get to make all the garments I wanted but I was able to sew several cute summer dresses that I’m very happy with. I’ll definitely share with you here.

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  4. Carrie

    Stunning! The colors compliment your skin so beautifully and toes to match! You’ve inspired me to start sewing for myself again and each time I receive your email it’s like a little gift to see what you have up your sleeve!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Carrie! Thank you so much! Yaaay! So glad to hear you will start sewing for yourself again. Have fun with it and welcome back to the sewing community.

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  5. Kathy Lewandowski

    Hi Anita,
    I just wanted to thank you for creating the free beginner sewing course. I learned to sew in High School ( I dating myself here I know). I also made a few pieces in my twenties but I gave up because I could never get the fit right. I am a C cup and I have an athletic build. You have inspired me to start sewing again.
    Thanks again,
    Kathy

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Kathy! It’s so exciting to hear that you’re interested in sewing again. I love it so much and I really enjoy talking about it. Yes, fit is so important and it takes time to master it. I continue to learn more about fit as I continue to sew. Always learning. Enjoy your journey and sew as often as you can. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because they are your best teachers.

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  6. Gayleen

    Love the look Anita!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Gayleen!

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  7. Talisha

    Ms. Anita….. You have done it again!! I just love your look and style!!
    I’m sure you will finish all of your garments for your trip!!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Talisha!

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  8. Tanja Lister

    Beautiful

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Tanja!

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  9. Nancy wagner

    Once again you’ve sewn a fantastic dress. You are so VERY talented! Love your superb fitting and sewing skills!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks so much Nancy!

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  10. LeJanaro Barnes

    This is gorgeous!!! I can’t stop staring, I’m in awe!!!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Heeeeyyy LeJanaro! Thanks sister!

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  11. Carmen

    This is so beautiful on you. You are such an inspiration! Enjoy the trip. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Carmen!

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  12. Carol

    Love Love Love!!!!! I was able to snag some ML metalic knit so I know what you mean!! Thats some good stuff!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Yeeesss, girl! That’s some real good stuff! Have fun with it! I can’t wait to see what you make.

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  13. WEndy Beadel

    Hi Anita,
    you’ve inspired me thank you. I was shopping for fabric to make a gift for someone and decided it was time to make myself something too. I have difficulty spending almost $20 on a pattern but found one for $4 called “New Look” Now we leave Sat. on vacation for about 3 1/2 weeks so I am taking it with me in hopes I can get it done in time for a wedding on 8/12. We enjoy time at our lake house and its nice to have projects to work on while there. So happy for you and Cecil, sounds like a great trip and I will watch for your posts. love to you both Wendy

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Oooohhh Wendy! This makes me so happy! I remember when we were talking about ordering Craftsy classes together. I’m so glad to hear you’re getting back into sewing too. Get signed up for JoAnn fabrics mailer. I NEVER pay full price, or even half price for patterns. I wait until they’re on sale for $1.99, 2 for $5, 3 for $7 and such.

      Have a great time with your project and enjoy your vacation.

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  14. Kris

    OMG I just found out about your blog….and love love it! I so want to learn to sew…and I find you are so inspiration. Looking forward to following you!!!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Kris! Awesome! So glad to have you join me. Enjoy the journey and let me know if you have any questions.

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  15. Cynthia

    Anita you look spectacular and congrats on your husbands retirement. I can relate to you and I know that sewing under pressure…we’ll you’ll make it happen. Safe travels!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Cynthia! I’m on a mission! Hahaha!

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  16. Tawanna

    Anita you inspire me so much. You look amazing in every outfit you present. It inspires me to not give up on being the best me.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Yeeesss! Tawanna, that’s what I’m talking about! Live in your DESIGN, and let His Light SHINE!

      Reply
  17. Sharon Jester

    This is so professionally done, who needs to go shopping, the dress is gorgeous and you look beautiful from head to toe.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      That’s what I’m talking about Sharon! Shopping for WHAT?! Hahaha! Thanks sister!

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  18. Stormy Long

    Yes….Yes….and Yes Flawless Fit…..Flawless creation, enjoy your trip!!!!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks so much Stormy! I sure plan to enjoy it!

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  19. Peggy Johnson

    Hi Anita! I hope you all are well. You look absolutely beautiful. Loving the fabric and of course your pattern choice. Congratulations to you all on your retirement. That’s an amazing shift in life and worth celebrating. At my church we always pray for first responders, and I thank God He has kept your husband safe. I have a request for a tutorial on sewing a garment with a lining; just a basic skirt would do.
    Thanks so much for teaching, inspiring, motivating, encouraging and sharing. God bless and may God grant you all a safe trip and a wonderful celebration. In Jesus Name!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Peggy! Thank you so much! Yes, I will be teaching beginners how to in stall a lining in a future video tutorial. Stay tuned! God bless you too!

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  20. omo

    So so beautiful. 100% fit

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  21. Cici

    You look amazing, as always!
    And as a person saved by fireman in a house fire (decades ago), tell your husband ‘ thank you for your service’ and to enjoy his retirement!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you so much Cici! My husband says thanks also.

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  22. Tracy Griffin

    Love, love,love this dress and fabric combination! You have such a great eye for seeing what fabric would look good cut a certain way. Fabulous!

    Also, congratulations to your husband on his retirement from the Fire Department. I thank him (and you…the family serves as well!) for his sacrifice and service to his community. My husband retired from the Navy 3 years ago after 24 years of service. It’s such a blessing to have him home with me and our boys. We have 3 sons, 10, 9 and 4 that we homeschool, and I honestly could not do it without his support.

    Have a safe and wonderful trip!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you so much Tracy! Congratulations and a HUGE THANK YOU to your husband as well for his service to our country. Yes, the family serves as well, so my thanks to you. Blessings to you in your homeschool journey. I homeschooled our 2 boys for four years and I enjoyed it. We have great memories.

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  23. Teresa

    Simply GORGEOUS!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  24. Ray

    I have that pattern and have been undecided which view to make..this is gorgeous on you now I know d one to make.. you are always looking good in ur outfits

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Ray! Have fun sewing your dress.

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  25. Fo Alexander

    Oh, I love this!! I can see it in black, red, or ivory with the gold buttons. I will definitely be picking this pattern up! It reminds me of a Vogue pattern that I have. Love it, Mrs. Anita! Well done as always.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks so much Fo! Yes, this dress would look great in so many colors and prints. Have fun sewing yours.

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  26. jodie filogomo

    Oh, Anita!! It turned out spectacular (of course)!! I saw your IG stories and it was so cute how much you were loving the material!!!
    I can’t wait to see what else you make for the trip!! And how could your husband even think about you buying clothes? Ha ha!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Jodie!

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