Hi Everyone!!!! Yes I know, I know. I’ve been gone for way too long, but I’m back! Can I just tell you how much I’ve missed blogging! So later on, I will be writing a blog post about why I’ve been gone. But for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram (@cheapbutchic) or any of my social media sites, I’ll tell you that I have been extremely busy launching my business. But again, that’s a different blog post. For now, I will be supporting my dear friend, Yetunde Sarumi.
Yetunde aka Ye is a fellow DIY fashion blogger and one of my business partners in our growing company, Pretty Girls Sew. Ye launched her clothing line a few months ago and I cannot say enough good things about it. The prints are beautiful, it’s beautifully made, and it’s affordable. When she launched her pieces for the Summer, I went crazy over her Summer jacket and knew I had to have it. There are so many ways you can style this jacket which I am beyond excited about, but today, I decided to style it as my Sunday’s Best. I styled my Yetunde Sarumi jacket with a basic trumpet dress I made recently. I decided to pair my jacket with a black dress because I wanted my jacket to be the center of attention.
You can shop this jacket as well as all other fashionably trendy items on Ye’s online store. Link is below.
Ba-Bye Summer! It was nice knowin ya!
Summer was good to me this year. I’ve learned quite a few sewing techniques and have definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone while wearing a lot of bright, fun colors. Today I want to look back at my top favorite Summer looks and hopefully you have enjoyed them as much as I have. Click on the links below to take you directly to that particular blog post and how I went about creating each look. (from left to right)
2. Sugar & Spice
3. Keep It Short
4. City Chic
5. Tropical Safari
So for the past couple of years, matching shorts sets have been a definite trend that’s been seen everywhere; whether it’s on your favorite celebs, your favorite fashion bloggers, or just random people you see on the street. So, I figured why not make one? But of course, I had to wait until I found the perfect fabric to get the look that I was looking for. When this outfit what finished, I wanted it to be bold, bright, and fun. I wanted the shorts set to be the image of what Summer style should be; effortless, yet fashionable. I’ve always seen Ankara fabric on other fashion bloggers, but I’ve never seen it for myself in person. So while in New York, I came across several stores that sold this type of fabric and one particular store had this one for $5/yd! That’s crazy cheap right?! SOLD!!! I bought a few yards and made this short set for myself and made a simple pillow case dress for my daughter that you can check out HERE if you haven’t seen it yet. So a lot of the shorts sets that I’ve seen were extremely short. If you can’t tell already, I’m quite conservative. When I make clothes for myself, I keep in mind that first, I am a mom, and second, I am a married woman. I keep my sexiness very subtle. With that in mind, I kept the length of shorts decent enough to be able to go on an outing with my family and be able to still look chic while being quite comfortable. Let’s talk about the patterns. As you can probably already tell, this outfit was very easy to make. I think each item took about 2-2.5 hours to complete. So a total of 4-5 hours for the entire look. The instructions on both patterns were easy to follow and I didn’t need to make too many adjustments. The only adjustment that I made was shortening the top so that it sits just above my hips. My hips are kind of wide, and I did not want my shirt pulled down tight around my hips or bunched up around my stomach area. I wanted the look to be nice and crisp. Shorts Set: DIY// Earrings: NYC// Watch: TJ Maxx// Lipstick: Milani Uptown Muave//Black Heels: Target// Blue Heels (pictured in 1st pic): Forever21
What are your thoughts on matching shorts set? Do you already own one? Do you plan on making one? Comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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. So 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! I 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!
Have you or will you be making one for your little girl?
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. It 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.
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.
So 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.
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.