Stripes on Stripes

I am about that Midi Skirt life! My most favorite part about owning my own clothing label, (TJ Sewer, LLC) is that I own every single piece from each collection. Besides my black & white polka dot midi, this one is another favorite of mine.  Its so New York City Chic!  This is one of the skirts that I can definitely see Carrie Bradshaw wearing.  The stripes are so bold, yet classic.  And ofcourse, I had to top it off with my favorite striped heels. I have gotten so many compliments on my outfit today. It’s such an easy, put-together look that I love!

BTW, I am on a weight loss journey. I’m documenting my journey on snapchat.  I talk about my starting weight, my clothing size, and how many pounds I’ve lost so far.  Snapchat is RAW!  No makeup, no glamour. It’s just me being me. So far I’ve lost 8 pounds. Not only do I talk about weight loss, but you get a behind the scenes of my work that I do for YouTube, my blog, and my clothing label. I definteily do a lot and stay very busy.  If you are interested, come check me out on Snapchat: tjsewer

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Top (its actually a dress): HM// Skirt: TJ Sewer, LLC//  Earrings: TJ Maxx// Heels: Shoedazzle

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.

Thrifted Refashion: Wool Skirt

A couple posts back, I showed you all my thrift haul and I told gave you some insight on how I wanted to refashion or alter a few of the pieces that I picked up.
thrifthaul1When I saw this particular wool skirt, I pictured an older woman wearing this with a matching wool jacket and white botton-up top.  I loved the structure of this skirt but wanted to put a younger spin on it, so the easiest thing to do was to shorten it and pair it with bright fun colors.
woolblogIn the Fall, I throw on black tights with just about everything and with Hanes, they have so many fun prints that take my basic black into something fun and unexpected.  I was sent a few tights to style and I absolutely love them all.  Thank you Hanes!
hanesThe tights that I chose to wear with this outfit are the Hanes Silk Reflections Animal Tights.  They’re modern and it brings an unexpected sexiness to my casual outfit.  Throw on a pair of printed tights and you’ve automatically updated your outfit.
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Thank you Hanes for sponsoring this post.

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Thrift Haul

Hi everyone. So I recently went thrifting and found some great things. I’m super excited to share it with you all and hopefully if you don’t thrift, I’ll inspire you to start.  So in the past few years, thrifting has gotten really popular and so thrift stores have ridiculously started to raise their prices on the things that were DONATED to them. (I’m really mad about that if you can’t tell.) I don’t understand why they do that, but I guess it’s all business.  So, with the things that I purchased, I plan to either make some alterations or do a slight makeover to create something that is currently on trend.  If you follow me on Instagram @cheapbutchic, you will have seen one item I’ve already made over. Anyhow, let’s get started with the haul.

Ok. so when you first see this, you may be slightly scared and think, “What the heck was she thinking?” Well, the number one rule when thrifting is that you must think outside the box.  If you sew, you can take your thrifting up a whole new level because you can recreate and alter your finds. I bought this for $8.99 because I was inspired by this years hottest trend; the sleeveless trench coat. thrifthaul4Here is my inspiration: karla11 I love the way Ashley from FabEllis styled her sleeveless trench coat. ash1 My next thrifted find was this gray wool skirt.  The price for this skirt was $3.99. Wool skirts are a must have for Fall and Winter. This is such a classic piece and it’s must have for cooler weather because it keeps your bum warm.  I plan to shorten it to make it a bit more chic. thrifthaul1Here is my inspiration: Blake+Lively+Cinema+Society+BlackBerry+Bold+zI-FOU1F8eXl

My next thrifted item that I purchased was this long jean skirt. The price for this skirt was $4.99. I do plan on make some minor changes to this skirt as well…well, just a bit of shortening and distressing. thrifthaulHere is my inspiration: jeanskirt1So ofcourse I had to save the best for last.  The retail price on this coat is $220 found HERE. The price for this coat was $29.99, but I paid $22 because my thrift store has a sale every Monday.  This jacket looks brand new and it’s just plain beautiful! No alterations will be made on this coat because it’s perfect as is. I’ll just be dropping it off at my local dry cleaners as with all the rest of these clothes. thrifthaul3Here is my inspiration: plus-size-trench-coatWhat do you think about my finds?  Have you been thrifting lately? If so let me know what you’ve found. I’d love to hear.  Also if you haven’t been thrifting or never been, I hope I’ve inspired you. name

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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City Chic

Today I am channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw!  I made a different style of tulle skirt this time compared to the one that I previously posted that you can check out here.  This skirt is more of circle skirt style.  It has a lot more movement and when making one, it’s more tedious because it uses a lot more tulle. If you are interested in making one, the tutorial is located at the bottom of this post.

blush skirt2 For the underlining, I chose a satin fabric and purchased about 2 yards. As for the tulle, I used about 8 yards. And instead of a thick waistband that I usually like on my skirts, I chose to do a skinnier waistband which gave it a more delicate feel.  Tulle skirts are great and so versatile. You can wear them to a wedding, a party, brunch or tea party with the ladies.  If you follow me on Instagram @CHEAPBUTCHIC, you’ll be able to recognize this shot.  Leopard heels with a tulle skirt is such an unexpected accessory but gives the outfit a more edgy type look. So like a said, tulle skirts are absolutely versatile and should be in your closet.
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So here is how I styled my skirt:
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tulle9 Crop Top: Charlotte Russe// Tulle Skirt: DIY// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// Heels: Target// Sunnies: JC Penny

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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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Spring Fever

For the month of April over on Pretty Girls Sew I chose the gathered skirt as a project for everyone to create.  It’s easy and flattering on every body type and the fun part about it is you can make it at different lengths; mini, knee, midi, long maxi.
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So I made another crop top.  This one was a slightly different though.  Because the skirt I made was bodly printed with spring florals, I decided to break it up by creating a open-back crop top.
opentopspringskirt11 springskirt21This fabric is so perfect for Spring right?!  Well if you love it you are in luck!  I have teamed up with Glam Fabrics and the owner was so extremely nice that she decided to give my followers and I an excellent discount on fabric from her shop.  You can purchase this or other designs from her shop.
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15%  off Discount Code: tabitha15

Want to create this skirt? You are in luck! I have provided a tutorial locatedat the end of this post. It’s a beginner project so anyone can make one. Here is my pulled together look…
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Thanks for stopping by! XOXO

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Lavendar Tulle + Floral Crown

So this month is my anniversary for sewing my first article of clothing. Can you believe it?  April 2013 I decided that I was going to teach myself how to read a pattern and sew my daughter a dress for Easter.  It took a long gruesome 3 days.  I remember it being quite frustrating, but I made it through. So here is the dress I made last year for my daughter here:
DSC_0044A year later, I have loads of experience and have decided to go all out for her with this year’s hottest trend, the tulle skirt.  So I wanted a tulle skirt without the frumpy elastic waist that makes your waist line look bigger than it truly is.  I’ve even seen some where you can tie it in the back like an apron.  I wanted a clean, professional look. So one night I went to bed and had a dream about how I was going to make it and guess what? I woke up and started working.  I can’t believe how great it came out.  The skirt is made with 4 layers of tulle, 2 layers of mesh, and lining.  I added a hidden zipper and closure in the back.  The waistband was made from a satin ribbon.She loved it!  She told me she felt like a fairy when I gave her the DIY Floral Crown that I made.  She said to me, “Mommy, where are my wings?” LOL! As for a tutorial, I will be creating a tutorial for Pretty Girls Sew June Sew Along so keep a look out for that because of course I need a couple tulle skirts for myself and I’m sure you all would love one as well. So here is the final look and Thank You for stopping by.
Floral Crown: DIY
Top: Target
Tulle Skirt: DIY
Tights: Target
Shoes: Target
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Thank you for stopping by.
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