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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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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Let’s get Savvy

This past weekend I  finally got the chance to go to Savannah, Georgia.  My little brother, Joshua from Victor + Alexander, goes to SCAD so I went with my parents to go pick him up.  While in Savannah, I had a vision in my mind of how men dress in this southern atmosphere so when packing clothes for my son, I imagined a sophisticated, yet fun look that basically kids and adults can pull off.  May I say that my son received so many compliments that day.
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I’m still not sure where my son got his modeling techniques from, but I’m really enjoying watching him work the camera.  For being only 2 years old, I love how photogenic he is.
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Hat: Target (Dollar Section)// Button-Up: Target// Shorts: Thrift Store// Shoes: Target (Clearance)

Stylist: Tabitha Sewer, Mom// Photographer: Joshua McLeod
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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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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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Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter

Don’t you just LOVE Fall?!  I’m definitely going to miss it!  I didn’t get a chance to make as much clothing as I wanted because of the classes that I am currently taking.  It has been pretty hard lately juggling school, work, my blog, my Youtube channel, and most importantly, my family.  I’m still standing though (LOL!).  So, with that said, here are my favorite looks for Fall…

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Not too excited about Winter, but thinking positively, I do have a lot of projects in store that I cannot wait to start on.  Wanna hear them?
– DIY Winter Coats
– DIY Celebrity Looks for Less
– DIY Party Dresses
– Sequins, Sequins, and more Sequins

sequinsI am also working on a another HUGE project with a special guest that I will be announcing at the end of the year so stay tuned for that.  Well, thank you to all of those that have just joined my blog and thank you to all of those that have supported me all this time.  I will be having a giveaway hopefully by xmas. Check out my youTube channel for details (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MCMEfoWfXQ).
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Transitioning into Fall: Circle Skirt

Fall is my absolute favorite season.  I love EVERYTHING about it. The smell, the food, and ofcourse, the clothes. So since Fall is around the corner, I decided to bring you the perfect Fall transitioning piece. Circle skirts are the best transitioning piece when it comes to Fall fashion.  They are perfect paired with bare legs or colored tights.

DSC_0165The pattern that I chose for this skirt is awesome for those that have never sewn a thing in their lives.  The steps in this pattern is extremely easy to follow and this skirt is so fast and easy that you may want to make more than one. I know I am!
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Jean Button-Up: Target Clearance
Black Scarf: New York Vendor
Ethnic Printed Skirt: DIY
Clutch: Shop my CloZet
Shoes: Target Clearance
DSC_0198DSC_0183DSC_0179DSC_0203Comment below and let me know what your favorite thing about Fall is. Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you decide to make this skirt, I would love to see.  Tag me on Instagram @Cheapbutchic and follow me there for all other DIY’s and other crafty things I’m creating.  Also, If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  God Bless. XOXO

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From “Hallelujah” to “I Wanna Do Ya!”

Hi everyone.  So for Pretty Girls Sew (www.prettygirlssew.com) this month we had to shop our closets or the Thrift Stores and take 2 items from Drab to Fab.  And boy was that a lot of fun!!!
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When I heard the challenge for the month, I already knew what I wanted to create.  I wanted to make a romper with a heart cut-out in the back.  How cute would that be right?  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way for me.  It’s obvious that I had a lot of material to work with, but the way the dress was made, it was difficult for me to make shorts.  I was pretty discouraged….only for a few hours though. LOL!
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So this dress was pretty difficult for me to alter.  The dress was strangely made.  I had to do a lot to make the dress exactly how I pictured it in my mind.  This dress took me 3 days to fix.  Below are the steps that I took to alter my Grandma dress.from Drab

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1. Removed both sleeves and slimmed one sleeve to fit my arm.
2. Slimmed the body of the dress to fit the curves of my body.
3. Cut the top off at an angle to mimic the one-shoulder look.
4. When I cut off the top, I cut the zipper, so I had to remove the old zipper and replace it with a new one.
5. I slimmed down the arm hole so that I was able to place my arm sleeve in it perfectly.
6. I created a high-low look, so I hemmed the dress at two different lengths.
7. I had to add larger darts because the dress was originally made for a big breasted woman, which I am not.
8. Lastly, I just made a few small alterations to make the dress hug my body at the right spots.
To see the alterations I made to my shoes, click here: SHOES
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I hope to inspire you all to think outside the box when it comes to thrifting.  Comment below and tell me how you think I did?! I would love to hear from you. Btw, if you follow me on Instagram, you know how I came up with the title of this blog post. LOL! Thanks for stopping by!
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DIY 4th of July OOTD

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July with your family and friends.  Here is what I wore yesterday to show my American pride. And YES! I went all out. LOL! closeup You guys know I am all about living on a budget. I love my thrifted purse. I bought it so long ago and never had an outfit to wear it with until yesterday.  The purse only cost me $1! Steal right?

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And ofcourse I have to talk about the DIY peplum top that I introduced to you a couple weeks ago. You can make one today.  I promise you, it’s EXTREMELY easy! Want to learn how?  Watch below…

Comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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