Disney’s Malificent + Ninja Turtle Costumes

Yay! Halloween is over. LOL!
Every year for Halloween, I make my daughter’s costume and for the past 3 years, she has won every costume contest I put her in. This year, there were probably over 100 kids entered and everyone looked so great that I didn’t think she would even place.  To our surprise she won 1st in the annual WISC contest. My husband and I took the advice of my friend Jenell (co-founder of Pretty Girls Sew) and decided to put my daughter in a bigger contest. Our daughter won for the “Most Scariest” category and she took home the “Best Overall” prize. We could not believe it. She was so excited and we were totally proud parents. As for my son, he changed his mind so much on what he wanted his costume to be. I decided not to even waste my time so we purchased his costume. LOL!
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I recruited my husband to help me with my daughter’s costume and he literally blew my mind!!! He isn’t the crafty type (at least I thought he wasn’t). He took inspiration from photos and went above and beyond what I thought he could create.  He created the headpiece from scratch using a plastic kid helmet, toilet paper rolls, and electric tape.  For the staff, he found a tree limb (which he sanded down to create a smooth surface) and wrapped it with vine that he found when walking in the woods. The green ball at the top was a bouncy ball from the dollar store that lit up and gave it a great effect at night.  The crow was attached with wire.
mal2For the wings, we wanted to make them, but we ran out of time.  We purchased them though from Party City and attached horns to the top with hot glue. To keep the wings in place, I placed two even holes in her cape and pulled the elastic arm pieces from the wings through the holes. This made the wings and cape one piece.
mal3For my daughter’s dress, I traced a shirt that she had and attached that to a gathered skirt I made for here. It wasn’t the neatest job considering I had only 15 minutes to throw this dress together, but it came out well enough.  For the cape, I used leather and lined it with some Halloween spider web fabric.  To keep the cape closed, I attached some ribbon at the top position near her neck and we tied into a bow.
mal4As for her makeup, I just followed one of the million tutorials on YouTube to achieve the Angeline Jolie makeup in the movie. You don’t really get the full effect in this photo, but my daughter got quite a few compliments on her makeup. She looked pretty good.
tmntMy son had a great time (as you can tell!) LOL! He was ready to play the games and collect some candy.
tmnt1The mask that came with the costume was a bit too big for his face, so I had to improvise by painting his face with eyeliner since I did not have any face paint. LOL! He did not like this process at all. He just wanted to go.

Well I hope you enjoyed our Halloween costumes this year. Go ahead and check out last year’s post HERE where they were some funny feline characters. ;) Comment below and tell me what your children or even you were for Halloween.
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Street Attitude

Last week I posted my daughter, Alana, wearing her leopard pants in a playful, yet chic style. If you have not seen that post, you can check it out HERE.  This week, I wanted to show you how you can these dress pants up.  When I dolled her up, she could not keep herself out of the mirror. LOL!
ljWhen converting these pants over to  a dressier style, I still kept the main part of the outfit quite simple but, I added bold accessories to play up the look.
divA5A staple in my kids wardrobes are plenty of black and white plain tee shirts; whether they are short or long sleeved. I love them because they can be dressed up or down and they pretty much go with everything.  Another cute added touch to this outfit could be a simple cardigan or faux leather jacket because it will also go well during the colder months.
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Hair Bows: Forever21// Sunnies: Target// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// T-Shirt & Shoes: Target// Pants: DIY

Want to make a pair for your kids and even yourself? Watch this DIY!

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Chic Happens

Happy Saturday everyone!
Is it hot where you are? Because it…is….HOT in Virginia! Good grief!
Ok. So…..who is ready for Back to School?!  My daughter is going into the Kindergarten and she is super excited. I am too!  I’m excited for her to learn and make friends. She is a very social little one. LOL! She is always asking me to take her places and I dread it because I’m such a homebody. ;) So because school is coming up soon, my kids will be on the blog a bit more than usual. Who doesn’t love cute kids though? I will be featuring some easy back to school looks and DIY’s that you can create for your love bugs.
lj1Me and my daughter have decided that this outfit will be her 1st day of school outfit. My little fashionista has arrived.
ch1So let’s talk about the main purpose of this blog post; these pants. They literally take about 1.5 hours to make. The fabric that I chose was a cotton with a small amount of spandex. You can find it JoAnn Fabrics. You can also use 100% cotton as well. I made them for my son in a previous post and used cotton for his pants. You can check out that post HERE. I am totally going to make several of these style of pants in different prints because they are extremely easy, fast, and I love how many prints I can choose to make these out of.
ch4As you may have noticed about my children’s clothes, I don’t like things to be too childish or too cutesy. I’m more into the modern and bold prints that are simple to pull together. Keep in mind when making kids clothes, that they have to be able to run and play in them as well. So like I said, these pants are perfect for that.
ch5These pants are totally versatile. They can be dressed up or down.  In this particular post, she is dressed down. She can run, jump, and play. In a future post, I’ll show you how you can take these pants and make your baby girl look fancy. Hence the title of this blog “Cheap but Chic”. In all honesty, these pants do look expensive. Don’t they? They were just under $10 to make though.
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Jean Jacket: Thrifted// Tshirt: DIY// Pants: DIY// Glasses: Target// Hair Bow: Forever21// Converse: Converse Outlet

Did I convince you to make some of these for your kids yet?  If not, more posts to come.

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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

He’s Baaaaack!
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
il_570xN_619439308_6td4ORGANIC Fabric SHEEP by Ed Emberly
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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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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ty3ty6ty7Easy way to transition those long sleeves shirts from Winter is to roll those sleeves up.  Great money saver.
Hat: Target (Dollar Section)// Button-Up: Target// Shorts: Thrift Store// Shoes: Target (Clearance)

Stylist: Tabitha Sewer, Mom// Photographer: Joshua McLeod
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Little Gentleman

     So in my previous post I mentioned that last year I made my first article of clothing.  Last year, I felt that my daughter’s Easter dress was so difficult that I couldn’t even make anything for my son like I had hoped. Yes, I felt bad.  So this year I went all out for him.  I wanted my son and daughter’s outfit to stay in the same color pallete so I found a really nice purple cotton and a nice neutral suiting fabric to complete his look.tylerI decided to make my son a vest, a pair of pants, and a button-up shirt.  My husband was the happiest I think. Only because I haven’t made anything that looked in the least bit masculine.  He absolutely loved it. He even had the nerve to say that it was the best thing I ever made.  Oh please! SMH! Even my mom who has been sewing longer than I’ve been alive, was looking for tags on the clothes because she couldn’t believe that I made this. How rude! LOL!
tylereasterSo, the pattern that I used to create this entire look was M6873.  It has everything that you see above + more.  Now for the review….this pattern doesn’t have any waist measurements like adult patterns do so if you want to make it for you little ones, I feel that this pattern only works for maybe Newborn -2 years.  I guess it depends on the size of your child.  My son is 2 years old and I used the largest size in the pattern.  The pattern does mention that it is EASY.  I would have to disagree.  It’s not that difficult but I would say it’s difficulty is in the middle.  The vest was easy until the last step when it came connecting the sides of the vest together.  It was quite difficult to maneuver while sewing, but I was able to manage it. (Tip:when connecting the sides, sew the outside of the vest first, then slipstitch the lining to hide any stitching.)  The pants were probably the easiest. I did not add a cuff because I don’t really like that look.  One thing I must mention though.  The pants were quite baggy or loose.  They almost had the look of gauchos.  I prefer slimmer pants so used a 1.5 seam allowance on the outside and inner leg and used my serger on the edges to cut the extra seam allowance.  As for the button-up, that was the most difficult because the sleeves did not match up to the front and back of the shirt.  When I used a 5/8 inch seam allowance, wrinkles and creases were created allowing for it to look messy and unprofessional.  This also happened when I attempted to sew the collar.  So in order for me to sew everything together with a neat appearance, I had to use a smaller seam allowance, maybe 1/4 inch.  The button-up was definitely my biggest headache.

Button-up: DIY
Vest: DIY
Pants: DIY
Shoes: Target

(Note: I DID NOT tell him how to pose. I guess he was just ready. LOL!)
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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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