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Black & White Sheath Dress – Vogue 8787

Hello everyone!  The launch of my Blog last week was a great success!  Thank you all so much for your support, visits, comments and subscriptions.  There were quite a few unexpected blessings that came my way last Wednesday (launch day), and I was reminded of how God takes care of His own.  He prepared my heart and mind for the day, including the glitches, then He blessed my socks off.

My dear husband planned a wonderful celebration for Launch Day and he really went beyond my expectations.  He took me for a photo shoot at a local Mission Garden, lunch at a great seafood restaurant, booked a lovely bay view hotel room for us to chill away from home, then finished the evening with an elegant dinner and entertainment.  The next morning he took me out to breakfast and for a shopping spree at my favorite fabric store in Los Angeles, Michael Levine’s.  Everything was just perfect and I’m still smiling.  My husband really is my biggest supporter.


This lovely black & white sheath dress, with draped neckline, was the perfect choice for our night out.  I really love the classic design and softness of the neckline.  I felt so elegant as my husband escorted me into the restaurant.  This was an easy sew and would be adorable in just about any color combination, including beautiful prints.  Can you just imagine how gorgeous this dress would look in a pastel print, with a pair of short satin gloves, and a lampshade hat, pillbox hat, or mushroom hat?  Oh my, I may have to make this dress again for Spring.



Do you celebrate the milestones in your life?  I think it’s important that we celebrate life.  Comment below and tell me about the last life event you celebrated.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember:  When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that you SHINE!


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Black & White in the Garden

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Eboni

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing sewing talent. I watched three of your sewing tutorials and found them very easy to follow, thank you. I really like the dress you made using Vogue pattern 8787. May you please include a tutorial for this dress? I made an attempt, but was stumped in step 1: reinforcing the bodice.


  2. Monica

    You must be living in your design because you are definitely shining! Congratulations on your new blog. I will definitely be there reading it!

  3. Renata

    This is a beautiful blog and I love your style. The dress is breathtaking!

  4. Dorothy Davis

    So proud to see your blog look forward of catching your projects in sewing groups now w/your blog am able to catch all that you make,I love you always share details in everything you make keep up the good work.

  5. Tina

    Anita!!!!!! Another drop dead gorgeous look!!!! So classy!!! I thought about the last time I’ve celebrated a life event. It has truly been a while! Life takes twists and turns and I realized months ago that I have stopped don’t doing for myself! I love my family dearly and I celebrate my kids life events. I’m determined to start being Tina again! I love your blog and your style! Talking about life along with fashion is great!!!! God truly has great things for you!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Tina! When my children were little I centered my life around them, and I make no apologies for that. I wanted to give them the best of me, praying the entire time that God would make them what He wanted them to be. They are 17 and 19 now and they know that mama is their biggest cheerleader, always there to support their dreams, celebrate their accomplishments and console them in their sorrows. However, their age appropriate independence frees me to do more for myself now. I’m in a new season of life and I want my boys to see me vibrant and loving life. My prayer is that they will one day choose wives with grace and character. That’s what I’ve sought to demonstrate to them all this time. So I applaud you for celebrating your kids’ life events because THAT is something they will carry with them for life. It is priceless. Blessings to you and your family. I admire your dedication to them.

  6. Sharon Ball

    Anita, love the dress, you are wearing it well. Big ups to the photographer your picture are beautiful.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sharon!

  7. LaToria

    The photographs are beautiful!!!! The dress looks lovely on you Anita. You do fantastic work. What a very nice surprise from your husband.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks LaToria!

  8. liz

    love the story and the dress

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Liz!

  9. Sheila Simpson

    This dress is fabulous and you look fantastic in it. Yes I could totally see it in a lovely spring print.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sheila!

  10. Kristin

    Anita, I completely agree with Brenda, and as an editor I must say your writing is engaging and polished!

    I’d be curious your take on a (I hate this phrase but for lack of a better term) “black thumb” regarding fine motor creations. Can you address this in a future blog? I absolutely love crafts and sewing but as you’ve seen, am currently the Lucille Ball of garmet projects! I want to buy a sewing machine so I can take your class in Spring. What do you recommend?

    1. Anita Morris

      Kristin, you are cracking me up. I believe that with a little guidance, perhaps we can remedy the “black thumb” issue. If you “really” love crafts and sewing, all that is required to get better at it is practice. You will make mistakes, as we all do. The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is this: The ones who succeed don’t give up. They keep trying, no matter what. I believe in you. You can do this! For a starter sewing machine, go with the Brother CS6000i. It has the highest ratings as being user friendly for beginners. They’re available in most stores that carry sewing machines. They’re about $150 at Wal Mart right now. You may want to check out Amazon also.

  11. Cousin Brenda

    Anita…I just love your blog… I have a dress similar to this black white dress.. I won’t tell you the enormous price I paid for it. You have convinced me to dust off my sewing machine. I know I would save so much money if I start sewing again. Looking forward to your Spring class to get back in the swing of sewing again. You are the perfect model for your dresses…

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, Brenda! So glad you’ll be joining me. Get her tuned up because we will be creating some cute pieces on the Blog. After the sewing course is over, I will be doing other tutorials so we can all create fabulous pieces together. I’m so excited for the journey.

  12. Chelene

    Congratulations my friend!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Chelene!

  13. Dorothy Davis

    lovely dress and always classy congrats on your blog looking forward of seeing tutorials from you

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Dorothy! The tutorials will begin after the Beginner’s Sewing Course is complete. I want the newbies to be able to follow along with the sew-alongs too. Thanks for your support.

  14. Shari Williams

    You look amazing!!!! Love the dress, you are doing your thang sis and I for one love it!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Shari!

  15. paulette

    another beautiful creation!!! You look amazing! Photos are breathtaking!!!… I am going to have to quit my job to keep up with you…hahaha….

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Paulette!

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