Muave Midi

Summer is here!  I’ve been extremely busy on my clothing line.  As some of you know, I started my business 6 months ago and things have been going quite well. It’s hard to be the main person in charge because everyone that works for you needs you all the time.  A lot of times its hard to sit down and get that moment to sew for myself or the new collection. When I don’t get the chance to sew for myself, I love to wear skirts from own line (@tjsewercollection). And this one gets a lot of use.

muaveSo you guys should already know this by now but black is my favorite color and its a must for me to wear with almost everything. So ofcourse I had to pair a basic black tee with my midi skirt.  I decided to add some pops of color with my shoes and necklace.

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I love the look of midi skirts because they are so lady like and classy.  You can never go wrong with looking classy!

muave3I personally think that midi skirts flatter everyone. What are your thoughts?  I always hear (majority from my beautiful plus size women) that midi skirts don’t look good on them.  I wholeheartedly disagree. Comment below and tell me what you think.

Tropical Safari

 Summa Summa Summa Time…
We are in the middle of Summer and who in the world wants it to end? Not this girl! So….guess what? I made this skirt about 3-4 months ago. I know I know. As amazing as it is, how in the world could I have let this this baby slip away? Well, it’s the middle of summer and I felt that now was the perfect time to show her off.
safari6So ofcourse I found my fabric at my favorite fabric shop on Etsy; GlamFabrics. No surprise right? LOL! I definitely stocked up from that pretty little shop.  You should too! There are so many hidden gems there! You can check it out HERE. Anyhow, I’ve totally been geeking over pleats for the past few months and I wanted to somehow do something different than your typical gathered skirt. So pleats it was!
safari3 Lets talk about this tote!! I’ve had this thing for 2 years and NEVER used it. I mean seriously….Have I lost my mind?  I love it! Especially with this outfit.  Its a perfect beach bag that gives me a bit of a Moroccan vibe. Cute!
safari5 So as far as the pleats in this skirt. If you didn’t know they are specifically called box pleats. They aren’t too difficult.  Here are a few tutorials that I found on Pinterest that could help you get started. Check HERE and HERE.
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Tank: Old Navy// Skirt: DIY// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// Tote Bag, Sunnies, & Watch: Target// Heels: JC Penney

So what are your thoughts on pleated skirts? Love ’em or hate ’em? Comment below! Thanks for stopping by!

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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.
summertransitionCollageLook #1: Palazzo Pants
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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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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Peek-a-Boo

As some of you may know, I am one of the co-founders of www.prettygirlssew.com.  It’s a group that 5 women started last May and it’s such an amazing and inspiring group to be apart of.  Well, my love for the group is really expressed in this outfit of the day (OOTD).
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I was inspired to pull together this outfit by the beautiful Sheryl Luke of www.walkinwonderland.com.  Her style to me is flawlessly chic.  The skirt that she wore is pictured below was purchased from Express.  And as you all know, Express definitely has some high prices.  The cheapest I seen this skirt is $84.69 on Asos.
sherylSo after seeing this, you know I had to find a way to make this.  The fabric that I chose to make my skirt was a black satin taffetta and a mesh fabric.    The pattern that I used to make this skirt was McCalls 6706.  If you do decide to make this be careful.  You may have to make a few adjustments to allow this skirt to be actually wearable.  I’m currently working on a tutorial on my channel to show you those adjustments.  As for the shirt, it’s just a simple screen printed shirt that I made at home.   T-shirts with wording on it have been quite popular lately so I decided to jump onto the trend. (*This item is currently in my online closet for purchase.)DSC_03331DSC_02781DSC_02881DSC_03251DSC_03081

Comment below and let me know what you think.  I love to hear from you.  If you made a tee, what would it say?  I want to make another, give me some ideas!