Graphic Motifs

One of the biggest trends for Summer and Fall 2014 are bold prints.  When I went to NY this weekend and saw this print I had to get it.  The fabric is an African fabric called Ankara. It’s a cotton fabric with a waxy coating on the front side of the fabric.  It’s extremely easy to work with. To me, it’s kind of stiff…like paper. But the variety of prints that Ankara has is endless. This type of fabric is bright, colorful, and beautiful.
ankara3So aside from making myself and outfit from this particular fabric, I had some leftover so, I had to make my sweet baby girl something. BTW, she kept asking me to make her something since she saw my son not wanting to change his pants from the ones I made in a previous post that you can check out here. Pillowcase dresses have been around for so long and I’ve always wanted to make my daughter one, but never had the chance too. But, I made one last night and it took me about 1.5 hours. This dress was extremely easy! And my daughter received so many compliments on it.  The women at church couldn’t even believe that I made this dress. And that brought a smile to my face. Oh! And the bow….I made that it 15 min. I think anyone can make a hair bow with their eyes closed; cute and simple!
ankara1I love these dresses because they can transition from a dress into a tunic. And, if you don’t care for a fabric bow, you can opt for a wide ribbon.  Sewing gives you so many possibilities.  There are so many tutorials on Pinterest if you are interested in making one. You can check out this one HERE and HERE. These dresses are a fast option if you ever in need of an outfit for that little girl in your life. Oh! I didn’t mention what a fabulous and inexpensive gift this would be!
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Have you or will you be making one for your little girl?

Thanks for stopping by! XOXO
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Sugar & Spice

So if you follow me on IG, (@cheapbutchic), you already know that I wore a jumper to the  Wendy Williams show.  On IG, I asked you all how I should wear it because I was getting so many mixed reviews. So in the post, I’ll show you both looks and at the end, I’ll let you know which one I chose.  So for this look, I chose to use McCalls 6969.

WW3I did quite a bit of alterations to achieve the look that I was going for.
1. I used the bottoms of view B and the top of view D.
2. I wanted the bottoms to be a bit more fitted so, I subtracted about 2 inches of seam allowance on both legs.
3. I did not add an elastic to the waistband. Instead I used either an elastic gold belt and I made a green sash to tie around my waist.
4. The jumper to didn’t have a feminie feel to it, so instead of the elastic at the bottom of each leg, I added a cuff with a ties that I had to tie into a knot. When tied, it looked like mini bows, and it gave me the feminine flair I was looking for.
greenjump2 GreenJump1There are a couple of things changes that I should have done that I also wanted to mention. The first would be to add pockets.  I think it would have made the look more relaxed.  The second thing is to stitch from the crotch area, up to the first button on the bottom. The instructions don’t tell you this, but when you sit down, that area opens up and you have to adjust every time you sit.  I hated that. One more thing, the instructions to the collar was extremely confusing to me. I guess it was because I’ve never sewn a blazer or anything with this type of collar but I finally figured it out.

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Jumper: DIY
Belt & Rings: Forever 21
Bracelet & Earrings: Charlotte Russe
Watch: TJ Maxx
Black Tote: Victor Alexander
Nude Lipstick: Sephora
Heels: Target

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Jumpsuit: DIY
Earrings & Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Purse: Payless
Watch: TJ Maxx
Lipstick: NYX Shocking Pink

So the link I went for is the black accessorized look!  Comment below and let me know which one is your favorite.

XOXO
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Prints Charming

He’s Baaaaack!
School is around the corner, so what better time then now to create some staple pieces for their Fall wardrobe? Fabric prints nowadays can be quite cheesy and just typical.  When I ran across these prints, I fell to the floor.  I had to get them!  I love that the animals on the fabric gives off a more modern vibe.  Also, this fabric is 100% organic cotton so it’s great for your children’s skin. No rashes or breakouts here!
animal2You can use this fabric to create jogger pants, like I did, you can make shorts, and you know what?  These prints would make AWESOME button-up shirts for our little boys! I know you wanna know where you can get your hands on it right? Well, there is no other place other than GlamFabrics. I’ve written a blog post about this shop in the past. You can check it out HERE. The owner is extremely nice. Like I said before, I don’t know her personally but, I wish I did. The shipping on whatever you order is quite fast. To get a direct link to the shop, you can click on the photo below.
glamfabricsSo before I get into what I made with this amazing fabric, I want to let you know that she has other options. For the fabric to be organic, it is extremely affordable. You defintiely can’t beat this price. If you plan on making clothes for your babies or toddlers you may want hurry up and make your purchase because I can foresee these fabrics flying off the shelves rather quick. Oh! I almost forgot!  Use code Tabitha15 for 15% off your total purchase. Click on the photos for direct links of each option.

ORGANIC Fabric RACCOONS by Ed Emberly
il_570xN_619557387_j235ORGANIC Fabric FOXES by Ed Emberly – Picture Pie for Cloud9 Fabrics
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il_570xN_619435252_h8z4So I decided to make some little jogger pants for my son. They were the easiest to make without a pattern. I do plan on showing you how in a future post since I also have the fox fabric.

racoonpants2 But all I did was fold the fabric in half and cut out the shape of some sweat pants my son already had. I cut 2 front pieces and 2 back pieces. I added 2 inches to the leg and 2 inches to the top. I stitched each leg individually. I then turned one pant leg right side out.  I placed the pants leg that was right side out, inside of the other pant leg and I stitched the crotch together. Once that was done, I turned the pants inside out and I created an elastic casing to both legs and waist. Insert the elastic, stitch the opening closed, and you are finished! It really wasn’t hard. Literally took me and hour. But like I said, I’ll have a tutorial soon.
racoonpants1So here is my son’s look. He was so excited to get back in front of the camera. LOL! Oh! You can follow along on IG as well @tylerandalana.
rp5rp4rp3rp1rpThanks for stopping by! Hope that you Join in on Pretty Girls Sew August Challenge which will be based on Back to School looks. This would definitely be a great option.
XOXO
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Fabric Statement Necklace

So….I’m extremely behind on this necklace. I was hoping to film a tutorial on this, but since I am so behind on my videos, I decided to share this pictorial (picture tutorial) on my blog.
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If you follow me on IG (@cheapbutchic) you’ll know that I made this necklace months ago.  So enough with the talking. Here is what you will need:
necklaceCollageIf you can, use your scraps of fabric. Have you made a tulle skirt lately? Use those scraps. Here is the step-by-step tutorial, If you have questions, comment below. If you’ve completed this project and would like for me to check it out, tag me on IG. I’d love to see your finished project.

Step 1: Trace the shape of the visor onto the felt. Cut shape out.
necklace6Step 2:  Cut out two 20 in. pieces of your satin ribbon. Stitch one end of each ribbon to the corners of your felt. Optional- Use a liquid fray prevention to stop the ends of the ribbon from fraying. You can find it at JoAnns.
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Step 3: Cut out several circles from your tulle and satin fabric. Remember, the circles do not have to be perfect.
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Step 4: Take one circle, whether satin or tulle and fold on half.
necklace9Step 5: Then, fold in half again. Place hot glue onto tip of your folded fabric and place onto the felt.  Repeat steps 3 & 4 with both satin and tulle circles. Be sure to spread out both fabrics evenly for a more full and floral-like texture. Also, work fast. Each piece of fabric needs another to stand up on it’s point.

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And that’s it!  This necklace would look great to spice up any regular t-shirt or it would look nice with a simple dress. Have fun with it!
necklace11 Thanks for stopping by. XOXO
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Transitioning into my Summer Wardrobe

So today I decided that I was going to take a look back at past looks and pick out my favorites that I plan on transitioning into my Summer wardrobe.  I chose four looks and I’ve linked them back to their original posts so that you can check out how I went about creating the look and/ or the DIY tutorial I provided.
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Look #2: Neon Maxi Dress
Look #3: Neon Maxi Skirt
Look #4: Water Color Skirt Set
What are some of your favorite garments that you are excited to be transitioning into this season?  Comment below. I’s love to hear about it.
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Little Black Dress

Ok. Ok.  You guys should already know that I love black and I wear it just about everyday.  I’m slowly trying to sneak it into my blog without it looking boring.  When wearing black, something about your outfit or accessories should standout.  Not necessarily like a pop of color, but just something. In a previous post, I wore a simple t-shirt dress and paired it with simple leopard sneakers.  Well, I loved that dress so much, that I decided that I was going to recreate that dress but add something to it, so I added a flutted hem.
BLU5All I did to make this dress was, create a pattern using my t-shirt dress that I own. It was quite easy.  The dress took me a total of 3-4 hours to make.  It was quick and I definitely plan on making another one.  The fabric that I used was a one way knit fabric.  I didn’t want too much stretch, but I wanted it to have some stretch and some movement to it.  Also, the fabric that I chose, made the hem of the skirt move more freely and take it’s shape that I love so much.
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Dress: DIY// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// Bag: Kate Spade// Heels: JustFab

Be prepared to see another dress like this because this is a must have in my closet. Do you love simple wearable dresses as much as I do?
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Tribal

So let me first mention that I purchased this fabric last year at Hancock Fabrics, so if you go looking for it, unfortunately it may not be there anymore, but there are plenty of African or tribal prints on fabric.com that you may love.
fabpicIt took me a year to figure what I wanted to make with because I loved it so much.  I wanted to make sure that whatever I made with it, it was going to be something that I would get a lot of wear out of.  So after a year of brainstorming, I figured, why not make a shift dress?  Shift dresses are perfect for moms because you look easily put together and it’s such a classic piece that you can wear for years.  I created 2 recently which you may have seen on IG (@cheapbutchic); one with a pattern and one I made without a pattern.  But for this particular shift dress, I did use a pattern and I adjusted it quite a bit. So the pattern I used was Simplicity 1878 from the lisette line.
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If you look close, you’ll notice that the front is two separate pieces; top and bottom.  I wanted it to be one solid piece in the front, so I taped the top and bottom pattern pieces together and made sure to include the allowance.  I also didn’t like the neckline. I wanted something more simple instead if the V shape, so I altered that as well. Now for the front and back pieces of the dress, I wanted the bottom to look more like the bottom of a button-up shirt.  I wanted my sheath dress to look & feel like I was wearing my husbands button-up so, I traced the bottom corner of his shirt onto my pattern and that is how I got the bottom to look like a men’s button up shirt.  I also want to add that I inserted an invisible zipper and two darts in the back.

tribaltribal1So I love to have fun taking pictures every now and then so when I pictured the photoshoot for this dress, I pictured my self having big hair in the woods. LOL! So, me and my brother made it work and I think they came out fantastic.
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Dress: DIY// Necklace & Shoes: Charlotte Russe// Lipstick: NyX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morrocco

Do you have any plans on making a shift dress this Summer? If so, send me your pictures on Instagram @cheapbtchic or Facebook. I’d love to see.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Oh Sew Chic!

Tulle Skirts have been on trend lately, so a sew along over on Pretty Girls Sew came in great timing.
pink1I made a total of 3 tulle skirts.  This one in particular has a more solid, poofy look instead of the more fluffy and voluminous skirt which I’ll post in a future blog post.  The reviews of the Simplicity tulle skirt pattern were terrible.  When I looked over the pattern myself, I could believe how confusing and the amount of unneccesary steps it would take to make a tulle skirt using that particular pattern.  So I wanted to experiment and make a few of my own.  So like I said, this is just one version that I made.  I paired it with a t-shirt that my brother, Joshua and I collaborated on.  This shirt will be available in the future over on Pretty Girls Sew.  So I provided a tutorial at the end of this post if you wanted to make this particular skirt.
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Tshirt: Pretty Girls Sew// Skirt: DIY// Shoes: Charlotte Russe// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// Lipstick: NYX Matte in Shocking Pink Rose Intense

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Black & White

This color palette is such a classic and it’s totally my favorite.  In the world outside of blogging land, you will ALWAYS find me in black and/or white.  I completely feel comfortable in it and you can never go wrong with the pair.

blkwht1My mom who is a talented seamstress made this outfit for me.  I told her what I had in mind and she took my measurements, made the pattern, and out came this baby! It’s a two-piece top and flutted mini skirt.  I adore this classic set. The fabric was found on clearance at JoAnn’s a few months ago.  Hopefully they’ll still have it at yours.

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Well here is the pulled together look:

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TOP: DIY
SKIRT: DIY
SHOES: Target
LIPSTICK: Ruby Woo
WATCH: TJ Maxx
EARRINGS: Charlotte Russe

I’ll have a tutorial coming for the skirt in the future. I made one on my own a few weeks back and found it to be quite easy. So keep a look out for that.  I am a one woman show so these tutorials are coming. Slowly but surely.
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Sewing Studio Makeover + DIY Decor + Giveaway

Hi everyone!

So for a month and half, I have been working long and hard behind the scenes making over a room in my home.  It took me a minute to decide what I wanted this particular room to be but eventually I figured it out.  So…you all know that for a while, I’ve had a sewing closet.  I’ve always dreamt of having a sewing studio so I felt that this was my chance to go for it.  So I wanted to describe my style very briefly so that you are able to understand the direction I was going in:

  • “Cheap but Chic”- I wanted my room to portray an expensive look and feel, without the high price tag.
  • Minimal- I wanted the room to have a clean feel with a simple color palette.
  • Inspirational- I wanted to feel inspired in every direction I looked whether through words, pictures, or colors.

Here I provided a few BEFORE shots of my space:
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In order to eliminate the high price tag, I shopped around my house for stuff I can incorporate into my space and of course the room would not be me if it did not have DIY projects.  Below are a few pictures of DIY projects that I created.  I made my own curtains, wall art, painted my frames, faux metal knick knacks, painted my vases, inspiration board, shelving units, book covers and pillows. You probably want to know how I did all of this right?  Well, you are in luck! I show you how in the video I provided at the end of this blog post. But first, here are the “AFTER” photos of my brand new sewing studio.
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room17room18room16room19room6This drawing/ Watercolor painting was done by Kerrilyn
Check out her blog HERE
Follow her on IG @kerrilynnoelle

room2This couch/ futon was kindly provided to me by DHP Furniture
Check out their website HERE
Check out their Pinterest board for inspiring home decor ideas HERE
Purchase this and/ or several other inexpensive pieces for your home HERE

REVIEW
Modern, sleek, clean look and feel
Easy to put together (approx.. 20 min)
Futon was extremely easy to lay back and return upright
Expensive look without the high price tag
I wished it came with a matching ottoman w/ storage

GIVEAWAY TIME

DHP Furniture was kind enough to send me the couch/ futon to review and add into my decor.  And guess what? DHP Furniture wanted you to have one as well!!!  So the rules for this giveaway are as follows:

  1. “LIKE” DHP Furniture on Facebook HERE
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE
  3. Subscribe to my blog HERE
  4. Follow me on Instagram @Cheapbutchic
  5. SHARE this picture on Social Media and use the following hashtags #cbcmaygiveaway #dhpfurniture
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  6. You can enter as many times as you want.  Giveaway ends May 28th.
  7. Good Luck!Use this Rafflecopter App to make sure you are officially entered into the giveaway.  This app is also located on my Facebook page.
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So in this video, I provide you with a tour and all of the DIY’s that I created for my Sewing Studio.  Thumbs up if you enjoyed!

Special thanks to DHP Furniture for sponsoring this post and for giving me the challenge to makeover a room in my home.  I really enjoyed the challenge.