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DIY – “CASUAL WOMAN” Collection – Piece 8

Happy Wednesday!

If you read last week’s post , then you’ll remember that I took my sewing machine to the hospital with me when I was visiting my husband (since I was spending so much time there) to work on a project. This is the project I wanted to hurry and finish so that I could start last week’s combination. One of the male nurses saw me hold the dress up after I had sewn the sides up and commented about how amazing he thought it was that people can sew. Then the Nutritionist came in at one time and got so excited to see me sewing.

DIY - "CASUAL WOMAN" Collection - Piece #8

In the rehab unit they promote “home-like” environments for their patients, so I took that quite literally. Hahaha! I posted family pictures over the walls in his room, brought in his favorite blanket and bed pillow. I brought his bass guitar, so that he could use his right hand to pluck at the strings, and I played Marcus Miller music on Pandora when he wasn’t watching television. So when I brought the machine in to work on my project, it felt like a little piece of home.

DIY - "CASUAL WOMAN" Collection - Piece #8

He’s back at home now, so I will be setting up my machines at the kitchen table again to finish sewing my Collection. I haven’t been able to sew yet since he was discharged from the hospital because I’ve been busy trying to get us settled back into our home routine, planning meals, organizing equipment delivery, and other important details that need attention.

Let’s talk about the newest addition to the Collection. This dress was made using Mimi G Style Simplicity 8334. I omitted the side snaps along the slits and used a sweater knit that I picked up from JoAnn Fabrics a long time ago. I’m not sure how I feel now about my decision to omit the snaps. I think I would have liked it better with the snaps, so I think I’ll make this one again in a solid color later.

DIY - "CASUAL WOMAN" Collection - Piece #8

I like the feel of the fabric and the dress is very comfortable to wear. It’s an easy sew for an intermediate skill level, however, if you’re a beginner, Mimi has a detailed Sew-Along Video to help you out. This one is sized for stretch knits only.

DIY "CASUAL WOMAN" Collection - Piece #8


Click on the links below if you’ve missed the other pieces in the Collection. Also, make sure you stay with me until the end because I’ll show you how I mix and match all the pieces to create more outfits. If you want to play along, see how many outfits you come up with. It should be fun. Who knows? Someone may come up with an outfit that I miss.

Thanks for stopping by!

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


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 42 Comments

  1. Leona Nourse

    I love your style of teaching. And I’m a beginner and love that you are so detailed, because I find reading and understanding patterns are very difficult. So I hope that you continue teaching how to read and understand patters. Oh and I love that you are such a humble and sweet person and I watch your videos over and ove on u tube.

  2. Sharon

    I love it ,and you look awesome in it. You and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Jo Anna Greene

    Hello Anita,

    It’s been quite awhile since I’ve spoken with you. It’s actually been way too long. I am truly sadden to hear about Cemo’s illness. You and your family will be in my prayers. Through God, all things are possible. Anita, you and Cemo are so talented. You too make an awesome team. Your sewing and those photos he takes of you are totally on point. Kudos to you both. Anita, you are a strong woman and you are truly an inspiration to many, including myself. I appreciate how you are taking up the time to help so many learn how to sew with so much going in your life right. I just wanted to let you know that. I’ll get back with you soon. Have a blessed week my awesome friend. Jo Anna in NC

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi beautiful Jo Anna! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your lovely sentiments. I appreciate you sister.

  4. Arnetta Washington

    Hi Anita, glad to hear thatt your husband is back home. I think the dress is just as cute without the side snaps. I think I ‘ll make it like that too. Looks great on you !

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Arnetta! Have fun making your dress.

  5. Addie H White

    Hi Anita… to your blog on sewing. Love the outfits you’ve made. Sending prayers also for a full recovery for your husband. As we know, God is an on time God…looking forward to more…..thank you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Addie! Yes, He’s an on time God! Thank you!

  6. Peggy

    Hi Anita,

    Praise God for there’s no place like home-clicking my heels-hehehe! I just love this dress and it’s looks so comfortable. You’re dangerous with a sewing machine and so fast. Happy Easter to you and your family. God bless you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hahaha! Click those heels!!! Thank you so much Peggy!

  7. Linda L

    Hi Anita, love the dress and fabric is a great look. Glad to hear you and your husband is back home. Prayers will continually go up for you guys. Be bless

  8. Carmen

    Wonderful to hear your husband is home. I am loving your collection and getting inspired to start on too!

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Carmen! You should do it. I’m having fun.

  9. Lynnette

    Love it!

  10. Paulette dowdie

    Love it!!!

  11. Barbara Griswold

    Hi Anita that dress looks so comfortable just right for spring. Sending lots of hope and love to you and Cemo. Have a blessed Easter, you are in my prayers.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Barbara! Happy Easter to you and your family too.

  12. Carol

    How fun!!! I love this dress and have the pattern but im tackleing the new look top first!!! Have sew will travel!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hahaha! “Have sewing machine, will travel.” HAHAHA!!!

  13. Rosalind

    Hi Anita, I thought that dress looked familiar. I really like it both ways. May God continue to heal your hubby & strengthen you all.

  14. Tammie Burnes

    I love this piece. Looking at your site is Makala Ng me consider getting back to the sewing machine.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oooohhh, come on Tammie! I need a local sewing buddy.

  15. Gwendolyn Styles

    Hi Anita, I look forward to receive you e mails on wednesdays to see the great work you have done. I really like the part about you setting up shop at the hospital. My husband is still home with me , but if rush comes to shove I may set up shop at nursing facility myself (lol).
    the dress looks great I’m going to look at the pattern to see what it looks like with the snaps on the side. But you keep up the good work and do what you need yo do to stay focused on you too! You all are in my prayers.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Gwendolyn! Yes, ma’am, we have to keep ourselves sane in this season of life. God’s provision is so abundant, so I’m choosing to live in it and be grateful. Thank you so much for the prayers. I pray that you all are doing well too.

  16. Anya

    Anita, this dress is so beautiful! I love your vision and how you made it come to life. The dress looks so fresh, elegant, fun and soo comfy! Perfect addition to casual wardrobe.
    I have been silently following your Casual Woman collection and it is very inspiring. I really like the idea of a small collection and I will keep it in my mind for the future.
    I am gald to hear that Cemo is back at home. It must be a relief for both of you. Sending you lots of love!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Anya! Yes, it is nice to have him home in his own environment. I receive all the love, sister.

  17. Florence

    Do it, Ms. Anita! You are on a roll and I am loving everything you’ve posted. Did you have patterns in mind when you were thinking about your collection? I know your sewing time isn’t what it used to be but you’re definitely making the most of it. How do you do it?

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Florence. Thanks so much. Yes, I gathered about seven patterns and pulled fabric from my stash for the Collection, but as I mentioned in one of the posts, the Collection is growing already and I’ve purchased and pulled more patterns and fabric. Oh gosh! Let’s see how much this thing grows. Hahaha!

  18. Keenie28

    Anita–it’s WONDERFUL news to hear you and Cemo are back home again! Sending best wishes and biggest prayers to you both as you settle in and continue to battle Cemo’s illness.

    Loving the latest piece to your collection–your “hospital gown!” 😉

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Kennie28! I cracked up laughing when I read “hospital gown.” YES! I wore it a few days later and loved it. Now you’ve given me a visual that I won’t be able to forget. Thanks so much for the prayers.

  19. Angie Jackson

    Loving your collection thus far. I’m going to start one myself next month. Again another great make.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Angie! Glad to hear you’ll be starting your own Collection. Have fun with it.

  20. Patricia Brown

    Anita, your casual collection is very nice! I have been following your Casual Woman Project from the beginning. Your pieces are stylish and covers a plethora of several casual moods that can be worn from lunch with friends to grocery shopping and other events in between. I am glad to see that you are sewing and you even took your sewing machine to the hospital! A great outlet for you. You are an amazing lady! Jesus is always with us even during the most challenging times of our lives. I am glad that your husband is back home. Nothing is impossible with God. Take care and have a great day!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Patricia! Yes, it’s a great outlet and God is always with us. I’ve never felt His presence more strongly than I do now. He’s in control of it all. Thank you!

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