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Vogue 8948

Hello everyone!  I’ve finally completed the Beginner’s Sewing Course and I am BEAT!  Wow!  I have much respect for all my sew sisters out there who are holding down their blogs while running YouTube channels at the same time.  Filming videos is a LOT of work.  However, I really did enjoy the teaching portion.  The editing—well, let’s just say I learned a lot and have a great deal more to learn.  I intend to use this time off from filming to learn a new editing software my husband purchased.  He is the most patient and supportive husband on earth.  Many days he came home from work, tired, and still wanted to work with me in the studio, filming tutorials.  Sometimes when we took breaks, he would fall asleep.  So I would let him sleep, and each time he would ask why I didn’t wake him up.  No WAY!  I just couldn’t do that.  He always told me to wake him up, but I never did and never will.  He works so hard to provide for our family, so if he needs to sleep, then I’m gonna let him sleep.  I’m grateful to God for my blessing.

After filming the last video, we both exhaled.  Haha!  We have some important household business to tend to over the next few weeks.  After that’s all settled, we’ll resume filming tutorials of some of the outfits I’ll be sewing for myself.  I also have something else up my sleeve, but I’m not ready to speak of it just yet–still in the planning stages.  Because I decided to take a break from sewing for the weekend after the Course ended, I am sharing another “oldie but goodie” with you today.  I made this dress last year as part of my September “Member of the Month” run in Mimi G Style’s facebook group.  During that month I challenged myself to see how many outfits I could make in a month.  I shocked myself and completed 13 pieces.  No, that was not a typo.  I sewed 13 garments in one month.  It was actually a lot of fun.  My mojo was on FIRE!  Haha!

Vogue 8948

I chose this dress because the neckline and shoulder give it a vintage flair (my opinion).  I decided to sew View C without the contrast because I fell in love with this fabric and thought it would make a statement on its own.  I rounded off  the “v” in the neckline because I wanted a scoop neck instead.

Create the Look

Beginner’s Sewing Course

The sewing course has come to an end.  If you’ve been able to follow along and complete the projects, then Congratulations!  If not, then continue to work at your own pace and enjoy the process while you learn.  With six projects to complete, I believe you have enough to keep you busy.  At this point you should be able to go out and start purchasing patterns of your choice to practice what you have learned.  If you want to become better at your craft, you MUST practice.  If you continue to sew and practice what you have learned in this course, then you will be ready to join me when I post tutorials in the future.  If you are new to this blog, then you may begin the Course HERE.  I will return with more tutorials later, for both beginners and intermediate sewers.  Have fun creating your garments and thank you so much for joining the course and sewing with me.

Thanks for stopping by!

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


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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 35 Comments

  1. Valerie Batty

    That is gorgeous fabric, and the dress perfect. Very impressed.

  2. Anita Morris

    Thank you so much Tarah! I’m so glad to see you like so many of my dresses.

  3. Marion Salomon

    Hi, Anita. I am proud to say I finished your Projects 1 through 4, all wearable. I have all supplies for Project 5, including a gorgeous Nicole Miller fabric bought on deep sale. However, I have decided to make the pants from the second pattern (the knits-only) first. I have noticed that other sewers’ homemade pants tend to look homemade and I will try to do better, using what I’ve learned from you. When I have plummeted off the cliff of Project 6, I hope you can supply suggestions for slightly more challenging projects, so your vast array of students can keep going.
    Two suggestions: cold weather clothes for people not from LA, and clothing to enhance the beauty of baby granddaughters.
    Your lucky student,

    1. Anita Morris

      Congratulations on completing your first 4 projects. I’m so proud of you. This makes me smile.

      Indeed there will be more challenging projects in the future. The projects I chose for the Beginner’s class needed to be very simple, hence my pattern choices.

      I will create tutorials of the items that I make for myself in all seasons. Cold weather items are coming.

  4. Evelyn

    Hi anita!! First of all congratulations for your blog , i love everything you do and I admire your talent. Now, i have a question, i saw you sometimes take a pattern that’s its not intended to be sewn on a knit like this one here and achieve it wonderfully on a knit, how do you do that??
    is there any situation where you think its not advisable to do that. I really would appreciate your answer because I do prefer knits and love the way they fit on the body. Thanks and God continue to bless your work.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Evelyn! Yes, I LOVE knits too. You can always substitute a knit for a woven fabric. What I usually do, is go down a size or two when using a knit for a pattern that suggests woven fabrics. I ALWAYS check the finished measurements that are printed on the pattern tissues to determine what size to cut. I like a very fitted bodice, so I usually cut a size 10 for the bodice, even though the measurements suggest I cut a 12 or 14. I also cut a 10 bodice so that I don’t get a gapping neckline. The stretch in the fabric allows me to do that without having to make pattern adjustments for the bust. Then I cut a larger size for the bottom, depending on my hip measurement and the finished measurement of the pattern tissue in the hip area. I use a hip curve ruler to draw a new cutting line from waist to hip after I’ve determined what size to cut the top and bottom. I hope this helps.

      1. Evelyn

        Thank you Anita for your answer!! I’m so happy and excited now with this new information!! I always thaught that the pattern should indicate knits for me to use them…and now…well not anymore!! thank you again! i will use the tips concerning the size.And BTW, another question, how do you do to maintain such a fit figure??
        Do you exercise? anyway, you rock!!LOL, but Glory be to God thats makes us so beautyful! byexx

        1. Anita Morris

          Hey Evelyn! You’re very welcome my sister! Yes, I do work out 4-5 days every week, consistently, for many years (with an occasional slacking off from time to time). Yes, glory to God who is Beautiful in us!

  5. Sharon B.

    Hey Anita, I love Vogue Patterns your dress is beautiful and I especially love the neck line. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Sharon! I love Vogue too! Thanks so much!

  6. Janine Helligar

    Hi, Anita. I incidentally discovered your Youtube channel two days–and what a happy find it is. You are an awesome instructor. And as for this dress, well, this print is stunning, your construction flawless, and you look phenomenal in it to boot.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Janine! Thank you so much for your uplifting comment. I’m glad you discovered the YT channel and blog. Have a great day!

  7. Patricia

    Anita you are so sharp!! I need to learn your fitting techniques!!! Perhaps a fitting class one day, hint, hint 🙂

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Patricia! I’m listening! LOL!

  8. Nancy

    Anita, thank you so much for the course! I still consider myself a beginner, although I’ve been sewing for a few years, because due to letting my job or other stuff get in the way, I sew on and off and don’t have the confidence like you. It’s like you say, you have to practice!! Watching your videos taught me many “tips” I didn’t know of to make my sewing look professional and not “home made”. You have an impeccable and meticulous style, which helps us learn the correct way. Hope you enjoy your break-you deserve it. But, don’t take too long! I miss you already!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Nancy! You are so very welcome! I really appreciate your feedback. You’ve got me over here smiling from my heart. I’m so happy to know you’ve enjoyed the tutorials and want to see more. Thanks for following. I’ll be back! Have a great day!

  9. Lisa

    I love the way the fabric on the left shoulder mimics a cross-over bodice. Your taste is wonderful, as usual. My thanks to both you and your husband for all the effort you put into the great Learn to Sew videos. It’s obvious why your smile is so dazzling in the videos when I know your husband was behind the camera.

    I have recommended your videos to a high school friend who wants to sew her own clothes. You make things very understandable at the same time as wasting no time in the video classes. Thank you both for all the time, thought, and effort you put into the class for us.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Lisa, you’re making me smile so much! Thank you so much for all the compliments! We really do have fun with the photo shoots. I know I get on his nerves sometimes, but he’s patient. Thanks also for the referral. I appreciate you.

  10. Stephanie

    I can’t wait for the tutorials Sis!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Stephanie! I look forward to sharing, and I sure hope the intermediate sisters will like the tutorials.

  11. Vicki (Sewnaptural)

    Mrs. Lady…thank you for your blessings. I have all the patterns and will do a few over the holiday weekend. I like the fact your husband supports in your efforts. I respect how you allowed him to sleep because you love and respect your man. God bless your household and all that you do. I will post my pictures after completing a project.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Vicky! Thanks for your feedback. I can’t wait to see your creations. Enjoy your sewing time.

  12. Angela

    First off, HANDS UP FOR GREAT HUSBANDS! !!!!!!Tell him THANKS from your followers. They are a BLESSING for sure.

    I really love your blog and YouTube channel. Your style of teaching is spot on,LOVE IT. You’ve given much to study so I should be busy till y’all get back to sewing business. Enjoy y’all time off you will be missed!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Angela! Yes, yes, yes, give it up for the hubbys! I’ll tell him y’all have sent him love. Yes, I figured you ladies can work on the projects while I’m gone.

      Thanks so much for your support. I’m very encouraged to keep teaching. Be blessed!

  13. Sherry

    Anita, as always, you look fabulous and you do such nice work. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your time and talent. You do it with such humbleness and you can tell that you love what you do. God has blessed you and he will continue to bless you because of your kindness to pass on your blessings to others. Get some rest and enjoy your summer.

    P. S. – I have finally finished my circle skirt and will send you a separate email once I hook it up with some heals and accessories (thanks for the fashion tips on how to look lady like and fabulous). : )

    Be blessed my sister.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Sherry, thank you so much for your encouragement and support! I’m so excited that you finished your skirt and can’t wait to see it. Yes, ma’am, hook it up before you walk out the door. You’re welcome, and God bless you too!

  14. Angela Hill

    Hi Anita, I have really enjoyed your sewing class and have learned so much even though I have sewn anything, I sad that the class is ending I have watch every video and felt as though you were right there in my room teaching, I have purchase several of the patterns and will buy more, Please come back and teach us please. God Bless and continue to SHINE.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awwww, Angela, I’ll be back! After I rest and take care of household business, I’ll be back and ready to SHINE for Jesus!

  15. Sandi

    Me too! I really love your style. Looking forward to your return.

  16. Dilshad

    You look so pretty with that dress on. Thank you Anita for taking your precious time to do these videos which are so helpful for those who are new to sewing like myself and others who are at different levels. I also want to thank you in advance for making more videos for us after a well deserved rest. Take care and God bless you and your family.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Dilshad! You are very welcome and I’m so glad the tutorials were helpful. I will be refreshed after the break and ready to bring more. God bless you too!

  17. Lillian

    Hi Anita, I’m saddened somewhat that your sewing class is ending. I enjoyed it so much! You style and humbleness is a blessing. I have enjoyed each lesson although I haven’t made any of the patterns yet, but I wrote down each pattern number and I’m looking forward to making these wonderful garments. God bless you in your work!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Lillian! Thank you so much for your support. Maybe now with a break in the classes you’ll get to work. Then you can join me again when I return, and sew some more projects. God bless you too!

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