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Happy New Year – 2017 – Bodycon & Kimono Vest

Happy New Year everyone!  We’re four days into the new year now, so I hope you’re off to a good start.  I don’t have a long list of changes or promises for the new year.  The only thing I will say about 2017 is this: I have a desire to go to the next level.  That means I want to kick it up a notch.  How that plays out will remain to be seen.  If you’re not already subscribed to my blog, I invite you to get subscribed today to insure that you don’t miss out on what I believe will be a fantastic year of sewing.  So let’s get into it with my Happy New Year Outfit for 2017.

Happy New Year Outfit - 2017

Happy New Year Outfit – 2017

 My first look for 2017 includes two pieces.  I created the dress using a Burda Shirt Pattern with raglan sleeves that I lengthened to just below the knee, which is the perfect length for the knee-high boots.  This pattern is super easy, as stated on the pattern envelope (beginner friendly).  It only requires 4 pattern pieces and can be made in about an hour.  I’m in love with this pattern and I’ve already picked out several fabrics from my stash to make another dress and two or three shirts.  The gorgeous fabric used for this dress is another lightweight stretch knit from my stash that I picked up from the Michael Levine Loft.  It has a gorgeous shimmering effect that isn’t captured in the photos, similar to a metallic knit.Happy New Year Outfit - 2017 The floor length kimono vest is another easy sew that’s a great piece for beginners.  I used an open-weave knit for this one–also from my Michael Levine Loft stash (available on website).  To make the sleeveless option, only 2 pattern pieces are required.  There’s nothing more exciting for me than sewing together an outfit using incredibly easy patterns with simple lines and allowing the fabric choices to give them life.  Then of course the accessories have to be added in the complete the look.  I’m very pleased with the outcome, and proud to wear this as my first 2017 DIY.  It’s actually for our next date night this weekend.Happy New Year Outfit - 2017 Now I’m pretty sure you’re all wondering, “Who is this lady on Anita’s blog?”  Teehehehee!!!  It’s me!!!  I’m playing around with new hair.  I was ready for a change so I purchased this new wig.  Tell me what you think.  I really do love how wigs have improved since back in the day when my mother and aunts wore them.  They’re very lightweight and can look pretty natural if you work with them.  There are so many cute short wigs out there, but not every wig looks good on every head.  This one is called Fab Fringe by Sensationnel.  It comes a lot fuller and longer in the front, but I went in and shortened and thinned it out a bit with my razor comb because I don’t like hair covering my eyes.  I also thinned the sides.  I like it but I don’t LOVE it yet, and I need to love it to keep wearing it.  So I’ll rock it for a minute to see if it grows to the love stage.  I used to change my hair all the time, but I haven’t made any changes in years.  Since my husband is retiring, I think it’s time to spice it up a bit.  So, if you start seeing a lady on my blog with different hair styles, it’s just me, having a little fun.  Hehehe!Happy New Year Outfit - 2017

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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.

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  1. Angie

    I love love love it. I must make this entire look. You are amazing and such an inspiration.

  2. Ray

    You are doing an amazing job here…I started watching your video but could not stop its so amazing how you show everything…I wish to keep up with the latest..cos you never know…May God keep strengthening you on your good work while am here learning more tricks to all I knew b4…

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Ray! I’m glad you’re enjoying the tutorials! There are more coming this year. Stay tuned!

  3. Genevieve

    I’m loving your whole look! Which size did you sew up for your vest? I’m getting this pattern, I’ve got this gorgeous super soft drapey knit and have to have it.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Genevieve! Thank you so much! I sewed a small.

  4. Delilah

    Thank you for your post . I really enjoyed it , also looking forward to start your learn to sew courses . Your hair looks fantastic .

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Delilah! Welcome to the sewing course. Have fun with it!

  5. Marilyn

    That dress is stunning on you. Unfortunately, I do not have the body to wear such a lovely garment. I’d need industrial strength Spanx and would still look like a stuffed sausage. Your hair looks so lovely as it highlights your beautiful face. I’m working on the last dress in the beginners’ tutorial and it’s coming along just fine. Thank you. I’m still working on my dresses for Haiti. They are so much fun to make. I wish you and your lovely family all the joys and blessings of a brand new year. God bless.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Marilyn! Thank you so much! I’m just thrilled to hear that you’ve been sewing with me in the beginner’s course. Awesome that you’re making t-shirt dresses for Haiti too. You’re making me smile. God bless you too.

  6. Sharon B.

    Hey Anita, I love,love,love the outfit and that hair?! girrrrrl!!! I purchased that same hair a few Summers back and got so many compliments…it’s so sassy!!! and after seeing it on you I’m ordering another one…lol! keep them coming lady. Happy New Year to you too!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Sharon! Thanks so much! I will keep them coming.

  7. Sandra

    Happy New Year Anita! You are off to great start this 2017, and bringing in the new hair style is just making this whole outfit really pop. You look fresh and fabulous. Your son is so handsome, and he just couldn’t resist hugging is beautiful Mom. Many blessings in 2017!!!

  8. Carol

    Awesome Awesome Awesome – Great fit!! I think I need this pattern (and the vest to hide my secrets)! Keep pushing this great gift of inspiration!! You look Awesome! Ready for a new year!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Carol! Get that pattern!

  9. Sandra Burrel

    Whoop there goes another one, luv it ??

  10. Pam

    Beautiful and love the color

  11. connie haynes

    I love your whole look and I have been following your youtube videos. I love your style and energy and look forward to watching your videos. You can also throw in few videos on how you maintain that fabulous figure. Much love.

  12. Lisa

    You are such a God send! I have just gotten back into sewing after 20+ year hiatus and you have given me so much motivation! Your step by step tutorials are just so helpful! And we both started with tips from MiMi G…it is fate! 🙂 Thank you for sharing and all your spiritual motivation as well! I look forward to 2017 with you!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Aweaome! Awesome! Awesome! You have blessed me with your feedback.

  13. Lora Davis

    I’m running out to get this pattern…I have been looking for the perfect turtleneck pattern…thanks for sharing…you look amazing:)

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Lora! You’re going to LOVE it.

  14. Florence Brown

    The hair, the dress, you are definitely starting 2017 off right, Ms. Anita. If this is the beginning I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the rest of the year. I pray that this new year brings you more love, peace, and prosperity than you could ever imagine. Keep inspiring us, continue to walk in His design, and always remember God’s plans for us are always bigger and better than those we have for ourselves. Blessings to you and your family.


    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Florence! I recieve every word of encouragement you have spoken to me. Thank you for the blessing.

  15. Paulette dowdie

    Happy New Year! The outfit…the color…absolutely amazing!!! The wig…. she’s a keeper!!!The handsome fella ..aka your son…. feel the love!!!! Looking forward to an exciting 2017 with you…

  16. KS Sews

    Such a handsome son!

    So I have never worn wigs before and equated them with being ‘wiggy’ (you know what I mean!) and unnatural. Well, well, well! Let me tell you I have been introduced to the new and improved versions! And as a matter of fact, I have one en route to me now! I LOVE IT! It looks fantastic!

    Now, that dress and vest is hot! The color is phenomenal and it all fits expertly.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, yes, yes! I know exactly what you mean. That “wiggy,” unnatural look is just a “NO.” If you don’t like the way it looks when you put it on, just play with it. I always alter my wigs. I never wear them “as-is” from the package. It’s better to style them to your liking. If you haven’t done so already, go on youtube and look for wig review videos for the wig you purchased. There are some ladies on the YT who are rocking the world out of these wigs.


    Ms Anita!!!!! I’m loving the new hair, FABULOUS!!!!! and love your outfit too!!!

  18. Peggy

    Happy New Year!
    I’m a new subscriber,blogger and new at sewing but I’m loving Anita By Design. Amazing look. I thank God for you and the vision He has grafted in you. Many blessings to you and your family in 2017. OMG I’m soooo excited.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Peggy! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I send blessings your way, my sister. Welcome to the sewing and blogging communities. I’m having lots of fun with it so far. Thanks for subscribing!

  19. Barbara

    Happy New Year Ms.Anita! Amazing look, colour and style. Your nails and lipstick make it WOW! You are a genius sewing instructor,everything seems so easy to follow along on the videos. I have been sewing for years….you have pointed out things I did not understand or overlooked. Thank you for all your beautiful sewing projects and your amazing videos and photos. I am eagerly anticipating each new project for 2017!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey NOW Barbara! Thank you! Thank you! I’m just thrilled to hear that you enjoy the videos as a long time seamstress. I’m so excited about 2017 and very happy to have you join me. Let’s have some fun!

  20. Myra

    You look absolutely lovely in this outfit Ms. Anita! The color is so complimentary and you achieved a wonderful fit, just a total great look for you! The hair… suits you so well I almost didn’t realize it was different, LOL! You selected the perfect hair for your face because it is totally beautiful on you! Happy new year and I can’t wait to see what you share with us in 2017!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey my beautiful sew sister Myra! Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Hearing from well seasoned sewers like you make my heart leap for joy. I appreciate you so much!

  21. Michelle

    Wow!!!MS. ANITA!!! AWESOME LOOK!! The new hair and the dress and long sweater vest. I’m truly a beginner sewer but you also inspire me to want to just keep sewing and practicing until I get it right. I don’t make New Years resolutions but I do want to be a better sewer. Thank you for your tutorials.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Michelle! You’re of the proper mindset, my sister. Just keep sewing and with each project (successful or not) you WILL get better. Glad you like the tutorials. I plan to bring more in 2017.

  22. Brigitte

    Happy New Year Ms. Anita. I love this dress and the color is my favorite. I will definitely make this; I have been looking for a bodycon dress with a turtleneck collar pattern. Thanks for the idea. You Rock!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Brigitte! You’re gonna absolutely LOVE this pattern.

  23. Angela Hill

    Happy New Year Ms. Anita I love everything about this outfit, the color the style the boots and yes the hair (LOL) Ms. Anita you are my inspiration can’t wait for more videos, love me some Ms. Anita.

    1. Anita Morris

      Heeey Angela! Yeees, they’re coming! More videos are coming!

  24. Art

    YOU. LOOK. AMAZING!!! I love everything about this post. I couldn’t even tell it was a wig. It looks great on you, even though it’s covering your face a bit more, it brings out your eyes. And I love the lipstick! I’m so excited about all of your posts and outfits this year. Go girl!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Art! Thank you so much my sew sister! I’m excited about 2017 too!

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