Pom Poms

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How fun is this midi skirt!? I love this freakin skirt! LOL! Some say it’s a party in a skirt. 🙂 You can’t really tell from the photos, but the pink pom poms on the skirt stick out and gives the skirt a fun texture.  People always ask me “How long did it take you to sew all of those pom poms on there?” LOL!  I’ll never tell! 😉  This skirt is apart of my Limited Edition Collection from my line.  You can find it HERE.

I decided to go unexpected and pair this skirt with a light blue button up shirt.  And I loved playing with the contrasting print of the polka look of the skirt so I paired it with my favorite striped heels.  This is such a fun party look.  I definitely had fun wearing it.  Comment below and tell me what your ideal party look would be.

Summer Essentials: Fashion

So in my previous post, you’ve seen my beauty must haves. Along with beauty comes fashion, so here are my top fashion summer essentials and the reasons why I love them.
se11. Birkenstocks:  These sandals are what’s hot for this season.  They have been seen on just about every fashion blogger and every celeb. Not only do they pair well with so many outfits, but they are extremely comfortable. Also, I cannot forget to mention that they look good on everyone no matter your age or sex.  Isn’t that great!?   Mine were given to me as a graduation gift from my little brother of the men’s fashion blog Victor Alexander.  And as a lover of black, the color that he chose for me was perfect.  They are a bit pricey, but they are well worth it. I promise you.
2. Panama Hat:  These straw hats have been everywhere these past couple of years and I finally got my hands on one.  Let me first say that I usually hate hats and I usually hate putting anything on my head, but when I found this hat and tried it on, I felt that this hat looked great on me.  I love this hat.  It looks great when I wear my hair down in a straight style, with a side bun, or with a side braid.  It’s a very simple piece, but it’s a great addition to everyone’s closet.
3. Brightly Colored Open Toe Heels: Ok. So I spotted these in a video by one of my favorite Youtubers, Hey Claire.  I absolutely love her style.  It’s so simple and clean. Anyhow, once I saw them in one of her hauls, so of course, I had to get them.  I went to Zara in DC recently and they were having an amazing sale.  Who knew Zara had sales?  Anyhow, these heels were on sale for only $39.99.  They didn’t have my size in the store so I quickly ordered them online. I cannot wait to wear these. They are so sexy and the hubby told me he loved them on me.  So obviously, they are a winner in my book!
4. Brightly Colored Crossbody Bag:  Because I wear a lot of black, I accessorize with brightly colored accessories and this bag gives me that perfect pop of color that I need.  This Kate Spade bag was gifted to my as a graduation gift by my husband. I was absolutely shocked that he even picked this out.  I love that it’s small for those days that I will be walking for long periods of time and do not desire to carry a big bag.  The small size is perfect! I’ve always dreamt of owning a Kate Spade and this bag couldn’t be more perfect.  Love it!
5. Bralettes: These are a fun addition to any Summer wardrobe.  These make a subtly sexy statement when worn under loose tanks or with tops with low hanging armholes.  It’s a small added detail when pairing with simple tops and takes your outfit up to another level. I got mine from Charlotte Russe for $4/each. Can’t beat that price!

What are you fashion summer essentials?  I’d love to know.
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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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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.

 

Glam Fabrics

So lately, I’ve been on the hunt for that perfect cotton fabric to make my Spring Skirts and I stumbled across this amazing fabric shop on Etsy.  Yes there are several fabric shops on Etsy, but this one in particular stands out to me because the owner is really nice.  The shop I am referring to is called Glam Fabrics and it’s is owned by Jennie.  I do not know her personally but I talked to her through email about how amazing her fabric was and she decided out of the kindness of her heart to give myself and my viewers a discount on her fabric.  Trust me, not all Etsy shop owners are that nice.  Jennie wanted to reach out to you all and give you the best deal.
glamfabrics So take advantage of this great deal.  Before I give you the discount code, I wanted to show you guys my fabric fabrics from her shop that are definitely on my wish list for this year.  I plan on making skirts and maxi dresses from these fabrics.
fabCollageAren’t these amazing prints?!  I Love them! The fabric is designer fabric with excellent quality.  Ok so stop by her shop and say hello.  You must hurry and use the discount if you plan on purchasing because I’m not sure when the discount ends. Who wants to pay full price right?
SHOP HERE: www.glamfabrics.etsy.com
15% Off Discount Code: tabitha14

So here is a sneak peek of some future OOTD blog posts that I have planned. I made these items with the fabric shop that I mentioned and you can too!
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Comment below and let me know which one is your favorite. Thanks for stopping by. XOXO
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Fascinator

So this month over on http://www.prettygirlssew.com, the challenge was to create a fascinator.  Sounds fab right?!  They were made popular being worn at the Kentucky Derby and most recently the quirky styles we’ve seen over in England.
fasTo be honest, I hate wearing anything on my head whether it’s a hat, beanie, or whatever. No matter what it is, I don’t like it.  But ofcourse, this year is all about stepping out of my comfort zone so I had to do it.  Over on http://www.prettygirlssew.com we suggested a pattern if you didn’t know how to go about making one on your own; Burda 7116.burdaI, on the other hand, did not use the pattern because for some reason I could not find this pattern for sale anywhere. So I kinda had to wing it.  As I was winging it, I created a step by step picture tutorial for you so that you can see what I did.  I think it came out ok.   I kinda felt like Lady Gaga. LOL!  Definitley send me a pic on Instagram (@CheapbutChic) or Facebook (CheapbutChic) if you have created one.

Supplies:
Premium Felt
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Heavy Weight Crafting Fabric Stabilizer
Craft Glue or Sewing Machine
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Step 1: Cut out strip for the bow
Step 2: Cut out Strip for middle of bow
Step 3: Determine size I want fascinator to be with stabilizer
Step 4: 2 circles from felt, 1 circle from stablizer. Cut slit halfway down center of all circles
Step 5: Sandwich circles together, stabilizer in center. Overlap slit and stitch or glue around edge.
Step 6: Create bow by folding over 3 even layers of bow strip, then take skinny strip and wrap around the middle.  Stitch or glue in place.
Step 7: Stitch or glue bow over the overlapped portion of the hat to hide imperfection. Done!
hat4To attach to your head, use fascinator pins or clips.  Not too difficult right?!

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Have fun using different colors and thanks for stopping by! XOXO
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Pretty in Pink + DIY Crop Top

Ok. So I’ve seen a lot of celebrities lately wearing high waist skirts and crop tops.  It’s such a simple yet sexy look. So I decided to take it on.
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So as you all know, I have just learned how to draft a pattern for a crop top, but I wanted another easier option for those of us they are not interested in drafting patterns so here is the perfect option for you.  THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. So when you look at patterns, do you just look at it for what it is?  Do you just look at the picture on the front of the pattern envelope without imagining other possibilities?  Well guess, there are so many possibilities to a pattern.  You just have to be imaginative and creative.
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So for this crop top, I saw New Look 0944/ Simplicity 6243 and fell in love.   The only thing was, I just wanted the top portion of this dress so I figured, why not?! I felt it was different from the other crop tops currently out on the market so I had to have it. So to make this top, here are the cut-outs that I used 1 thru 8.  One thing I must mention is to add an invisible zipper in the back for easy wear. And if I had to a a review n this pattern, I’d have to say that this sort of top is not for beginners and I hated the binding. I didn’t like the look of it. I felt it was too stiff. It may have been the fabric that I chose, but I didn’t care for it too much.  I think that was the biggest headache of this top.  If you are going to try this top, use a llighter weight fabric.  I used twill which looks and feel great, but for binding, not so much.
sheertopAs for the pencil skirt, I used Simplicity 1559.  The skirt was easy and straight to the point. I did however make a few adjustments.  I chose to make ‘F’. I made the skirt a few inches longer and the slit a few inches higher.
1559Hope that got your creative juices goiing. Remember to think outside the box. Be your own designer and create for your own body type.  So here is my look put together.
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Watercolors

So the trend continues with the All Over Print type of look and if you follow me on instagram (@cheapbutchic) you know I have been on roll with pushing out these types of looks lately.

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So let me talk about the fabric.  The fabric that I have been gravitating towards lately is cotton.  Not alot of people sew clothes with this type of material typically, but I’ve been watching alot of designers step out the usual apparel fabric and experiement with different textiles. Lately, I’ve seen quilted skirts made out of quitling fabric with the attached batting.  I’ve also seen a whole lot of neoprene.  Haven’t you?!  Once I get my hands on some that I actually like, I’m definitely making a skirt.  Anyhow, back to the subject at hand.  I purchased my fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  It was part of their value fabrics line so it was under, I think $5/yd.  I purchased two yards.  I love the watercolor effect that the print has. It’s so pretty.  The reason why I’ve been loving cotton fabrics is because there are more options for unique prints.  And this year, I am all for unique prints.
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Now let’s talk design.  Just like the previous crop top in an older post, I made my own pattern for this crop top as well.  I PROMISE, I’ll have that tutorial to you guys soon.  I’m making a few tweaks here and there which is why it’s not out yet.  As for the skirt, I also did not use a pattern.  I wanted something bold, so this definitely worked for me.  I found a quick instructional on Pinterest and made this skirt within 2 hours.  It took a bit of math, but I got it done.  Here a few tutorials that you can check out. You can click any of the links below.  If you are a visual learner.  I’m quite behind, but I’m working on providing a tutorial for you.

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Here are some cotton print options that I thought would look great with this look.

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1- Amy Butler Lark Dreamer Gypsy Cobalt Blue
2- Amy Butler Hapi Glow Navy
3-Amy Butler Lark Glamour Chinese Lanterns Grass Green
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Amy Butler Belle Coriander Blue
All of these fabrics are found on Fabric.com.  If you didn’t like these options, remember there are thousands of other options on the site.  Also, if you didn’t notice, Amy Bulter is one of my favorite fabric/textile designers.  Her work is impeccable. Allow me to remind you that fabric shopping is quite exciting and also addiction, so have fun!

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So here is the look pulled together
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Lady in the Streets

First off, let me describe my style.  Classy, sexy, feminine, safe.  This outfit is everything I mentioned but safe. LOL!  In my regular everyday wear, Im a jeans a t-shirt type of gal.  With blogging, I am able to create a type of alter ego.  This year, I told myself that I was going to step out of my comfort zone and make things that I normally would not wear on an everyday basis, but something that my inner Carrie Bradshaw would wear.
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So with that said, I decided on making another peek-a-boo skirt I made in a previous post except with a few adjustments.  The previous skirt, I don’t think I’d be comfortable wearing out because it’s a bit too short. So, I made this one a bit longer.  I also felt that I wanted a more cohesive look to my skirt so I did not add the strips of fabric like I did with my other skirt.  This skirt was easily made without a pattern and the tutorial will be available for purchase soon.

For the crop top, I drafted a shirt pattern on my own for first time ever!! YAY! I was so excited.  It took me three tries and I was so relieved when I got it on the third try. As far as sewing it all together…now that was extremely easy.  It’s not made for stretchy material which I love. I have not seen any DIY’s on structured crop tops.  I’ve only seen tutorials using stretchy fabric. So this one is defintiely perfect for me.
bluepeekaboo1croptopSo here is my look put together.  Hope you all enjoy and be prepared for more color and prints in the future of this blog.
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To get an idea of the changes I made and how to go about making this skirt without a pattern, a video will be provided soon.
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