DIY: What to Wear to a Wedding

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THIS is what you wear to a wedding!

I purchased this fabric about a year ago at Hancock Fabrics. It was approx. $10/yd and 60% off!  With lining, this dress came out to about $15!  And THIS is by far my favorite garment in my closet!

Although I’ve had this fabric for so long, I did not know what occasion I would be attending to be able to create something with this fabulous fabric.  I’m glad my beautiful friend was married this year, so a wedding was the perfect occasion.  The fabric is a very delicate brocade.  Serging is a must for this because it frays to easily.  As you can see, it is a beautiful metallic rose gold color with a hint of light pink.  This dress was definitely a showstopper at the wedding.  I seriously received so many compliments by men & women.  The reaction from people was even better when I told them that I made it. It was great!  I am so proud of this piece.

As for the pattern, I used Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1873.  Check out my review over on http://www.Pretty Girls Sew.com  There, I give you detailed information on the difficulty of this pattern and it’s instructions.  (Link will be provided soon).

DIY Origami Top + Circle Skirt

With Fall season just around the corner, I know that we are all on the hunt for that perfect fabric that will help us transition into Fall style and I finally found the perfect print that I got it from FatQuarterShop.com  I am totally in love for these reasons: It’s modern, it has a bit of a Summer and Fall color palette, and it’s just an all-around fun print.
gridWith this fabric, I wanted to show you that you can create both, an edgy and a sophisticated look. They both are fun and can be pulled off at any age.  That’s the main reason I feel that you need this fabric in your life; You can create something for anyone no matter their age and in all honesty, gender. It is a neutral print that gives off a youthful look to whatever is created.
gridlock11With this first look, I created an origami top in which you can pair with your favorite fitted jeans.  Pair it with some bold accessories, and you have yourself, an edgy, yet sexy look.  This top has no zipper and loose, boxy feel to it and because of the open back, it’s to pull on and off. The peek-a-boo on the lower back shows just the perfect amount of skin for Fall and it gives off an unexpected touch to a basic top.  Cute right?! gridlock1CollageTOP: DIY// Jeans: Zara// Necklace: Charlotte Russe//
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Now I know that everyone loves a classic circle skirt and when paired with this years hottest trend, the midi, it’s such a great combo that needs to be added to your Fall wardrobe.
grid1With this second look, I created this super cute circle skirt. It’s such a fun and classy look that any age can pull off.  You can instantly look pulled together with a circle skirt made with a fun, bold print, and a t-shirt or tank.  It’s as easy as that. Throw on some accessories and you’ve just stepped your look up to whole new level.
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White Tank: Target// Jean Jacket: JC Penny// Skirt: DIY// Purse: Marshalls//
Shoes: Forever 21// Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Now you can definitely put both pieces together for a matchy-matchy look which is another hot trend for this year and you will look equally fabulous.  To create any one of these looks, I have created an easy-to-follow tutorial located at the bottom of this post but before you start creating, you need fabric right? Below I have included links to some of my favorite fabric picks from FatQuarterShop.com and a 20% off coupon code so that you can go crazy. Oh and if you are interested in the fabric that I chose, you can find it HERE.
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4. Color Me Retro Azalea Dulcette
5. Midnite Gems Jewel Gay Paree
6. Chic Flora Rouge Interlaced
7. Sylvia White Ruta
8. Mormor Emerald Little Blomster
9. Brambleberry Ridge Lilac Shimmer Reflection

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Here is the tutorial for both the origami top and circle skirt. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t and thumbs up this video if you enjoyed the tutorial.

So what looks are you excited to create and/or wear in the Fall?!  Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Thank you so much Daniar of FatQuarterShop.com for giving me this opportunity to create with your beautiful fabric.)

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Favorite Summer Looks

Ba-Bye Summer! It was nice knowin ya!
Summer was good to me this year. I’ve learned quite a few sewing techniques and have definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone while wearing a lot of bright, fun colors.  Today I want to look back at my top favorite Summer looks and hopefully you have enjoyed them as much as I have. Click on the links below to take you directly to that particular blog post and how I went about creating each look.
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1. Tribal
2. Sugar & Spice
3. Keep It Short
4. City Chic
5. Tropical Safari

Which look was your favorite?
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Origami

So back in the Spring, I made an open back top that I absolutely fell in love with.  I loved it so much, that I wanted to make something similar to transition into the Fall. So. I drafted a pattern out of a top that I already owned and came up with this Origami top.  I vlogged my entire process for a video that I will later post. It’s going to be titled “Behind the Scenes of a DIY Fashion Blogger”.  I wanted to show you my creative process, and you’ll see me drafting patterns and coming up with ideas for my blog and YouTube, but more info will come out once the video is out which will be in a few weeks.  I’ve been doing quite well with the consistency of my videos.  I have a video set for every week as of lately, so be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t yet.

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Enough with the side rambling.  So like I said, I drafted the pattern to make this top, but I will show you in how to make it with a pattern in a future tutorial which will be released in a bout 2 weeks. (Mark your calendars)  This is a loose fitting top.  I love the peek of skin on the lower back because it’s just enough.  If you are not a fan of showing skin at all, you can easily make this top a bit longer to where the cutout hits your bottom.
origamiThe fabric that I chose for this top is a sateen.  It has a small amount of stretch and it has a nice, satiny finish.  For this top, you don’t necessarily need any stretch. You can make this top with 100% cotton if you like because of the open back, it allows for a lot of movement without the wrinkles.
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Keep it Short

So for the past couple of years, matching shorts sets have been a definite trend that’s been seen everywhere; whether it’s on your favorite celebs, your favorite fashion bloggers, or just random people you see on the street.  So, I figured why not make one?  But of course, I had to wait until I found the perfect fabric to get the look that I was looking for. When this outfit what finished, I wanted it to be bold, bright, and fun.  I wanted the shorts set to be the image of what Summer style should be; effortless, yet fashionable.
kisI’ve always seen Ankara fabric on other fashion bloggers, but I’ve never seen it for myself in person.  So while in New York, I came across several stores that sold this type of fabric and one particular store had this one for $5/yd!  That’s crazy cheap right?! SOLD!!! I bought a few yards and made this short set for myself and made a simple pillow case dress for my daughter that you can check out HERE if you haven’t seen it yet.
shortsetSo a lot of the shorts sets that I’ve seen were extremely short. If you can’t tell already, I’m quite conservative.  When I make clothes for myself, I keep in mind that first, I am a mom, and second, I am a married woman. I keep my sexiness very subtle. With that in mind, I kept the length of shorts decent enough to be able to go on an outing with my family and be able to still look chic while being quite comfortable.
kis4Let’s talk about the patterns. As you can probably already tell, this outfit was very easy to make.  I think each item took about 2-2.5 hours to complete. So a total of 4-5 hours for the entire look.  The instructions on both patterns were easy to follow and I didn’t need to make too many adjustments. The only adjustment that I made was shortening the top so that it sits just above my hips. My hips are kind of wide, and I did not want my shirt pulled down tight around my hips or bunched up around my stomach area. I wanted the look to be nice and crisp.
kis3kis2CollageShorts Set: DIY// Earrings: NYC// Watch: TJ Maxx// Lipstick: Milani Uptown Muave//Black Heels: Target// Blue Heels (pictured in 1st pic): Forever21

What are your thoughts on matching shorts set? Do you already own one? Do you plan on making one?  Comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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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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Prints Charming

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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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Concrete Jungle

So this past weekend, I had the time of my life while visiting NY.  I went to celebrate my birthday with my younger brother and my husband. This is not my first time going, but we did have a few first time experiences.  This is sort of like my NY trip diary.  Just in case you were planning on going in the future, these are the things that we did during our trip and you may want to try as well. So first I must say, please excuse the quality of some of the photos. They were taken with an iphone and I could not adjust the size so that it would be clearer.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Besides walking Times Square like every tourist should experience, we went to watch my first Broadway show.  We watched the most amazing “The Lion King”. It is definitely on my list of Top 20 most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The details and work that was put into this show was impeccable. It was definitely jaw dropping.  The tickets may seem expensive for some, but I promise you, every single penny is well worth this show.
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We did enjoy a few great restaurants, but this one in particular was quite different. It was called “Rice to Riches” and all they sold was different flavored rice pudding.  It’s a place that is definitely unique and cannot be found anywhere else. Not too many people like rice pudding, but I do. They had to many different flavors to try. I ordered the cheesecake flavor and let me tell you, it was mouthwatering.  This dish that the rice comes in is also very modern and unique. I loved everything about this place.
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cn_image_size_rice-to-riches-new-york-cityny5Another great spot was the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes. I have to be honest, their cupcakes are not the best. I’ve had better, but this place was unique because they off the worlds first cupcake ATM.  Sounds crazy right? The ATM dispenses cupcakes 24 hours. You can choose whatever cupcake you want, pay with your credit card, and outcomes a nicely packaged Sprinkles Cupcake.
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baked-by-melissacupcakes2_600Coming off the food subject, my husband and I are fans of a show called Oddities. It’s a strange show filmed in a store titled Obscura. Basically what they sell are extremely odd things that you would not think to purchase like human teeth, animal bones, stuffed hyena, etc. To me, it’s more a like a gothic type store. Since we watch on television, we figured that we would actually like to go to the store itself. It was weird. Even the salespeople were different. They were very nice though.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday to me! On Monday I woke up super early to get myself ready for the Wendy show. If you get a chance to go, make sure you go! It was extremely fun! It was like a party during the commercials. People were twerking and making their knees touch their elbows….LOL!  They even chose my brother to be apart of a dance contest. LOL! And hands down…he won! LOL! It was great. So I am definitely a fan of the show and being in the audience was an experience within itself. A few people surprised me with pictures they took if me while I was in the Wendy audience.
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ny1After the show, we went to eat and we did a bit of shopping and ofcourse I could not go home without going to the garment district. Now let me warn you, if you love fabric, you will literally have a heart attack if you go. I needed an oxygen tank. LOL! I went to several shops. Most of them seemed the same. Some stuck out to me and that’s where I spent most of my money. And let me tell how excited I was to go into Mood Fabrics. Just to walk down the aisles where the Project Runway cast were able to come was literally a dream. It was great.  It was expensive but great.
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Thanks for stopping by. 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:
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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!
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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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