Celeb Look for Less: Floral Bomber Jacket

Hi everyone! Long time no see huh?! Well I had to take a much needed break, but no worries, I’m back. So I recently watched Sex and the City for the first time (I know. I know. I’m late!) And while watching, I was so inspired by the amount of fashion risks that Ms. Carrie Bradshaw took. I loved her extreme take on clothes. For example, she always went overboard with what she wore when just performing simple tasks. I thought it was hilarious and I loved it. So, let’s talk about my inspiration…bomberCollage Don’t you just love this jacket?! It’s so darn fabulous! It’s such a cool piece that can easily be dressed up or down, which is what I love about it.  It’s an easy piece that you throw on and can easily look pulled together. When walking through JoAnns Fabric Store, I remember spotting a similar style fabric in the Prom/ Wedding section. I NEVER would have though to turn this fabric into a jacket. It’s so clever and it’s such an unexpected fabric choice. So of course, I had to have it!
bomberIf you are looking to recreate this jacket and you are not interested in black, there are other colors; off-white and blush pink. Not a huge selection but with these colors are perfect neutrals. I’m actually thinking about making a pink one…hmmmm. The fabric is a bit pricey, $25/yd, but if you wait for a 50% off coupon the cost will be easier to cope with. LOL! It did for me at least. Also, the best part is, you’ll only need about 1.5 yds depending on the size you make. So can we say “Cheap but Chic!?”

bomber1The pattern that I chose to recreate Ms. Bradshaw’s floral bomber is New Look’s 6226 from the Project Runway line of patterns. This jacket is fully lined and was pretty easy to make. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I would say that this is for the intermediate seamstress, not so much for the beginner only because there a few techniques used that a beginner may not understand just yet.  I did have to make a change to the outcome of my jacket versus how it is supposed to be made.  I removed the panel in the center of the jacket. With the fabric that I chose, it would not have looked proportionate. If you choose a less bulkier, more simpler fabric, I think the panel in the front would be fine.

bomber3Ok. So I am going to style my jacket in a few different ways. Today, I wanted to dress my jacket casually with some simple thrifted distressed jean shorts, tights, and boots.  This is a look that I would wear when hanging out with the girls or shopping. And of course, you all know I love my black. :)
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What are your thoughts on bomber jackets? Is it a closet staple for you this season?

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Sugar & Spice

So if you follow me on IG, (@cheapbutchic), you already know that I wore a jumper to the  Wendy Williams show.  On IG, I asked you all how I should wear it because I was getting so many mixed reviews. So in the post, I’ll show you both looks and at the end, I’ll let you know which one I chose.  So for this look, I chose to use McCalls 6969.

WW3I did quite a bit of alterations to achieve the look that I was going for.
1. I used the bottoms of view B and the top of view D.
2. I wanted the bottoms to be a bit more fitted so, I subtracted about 2 inches of seam allowance on both legs.
3. I did not add an elastic to the waistband. Instead I used either an elastic gold belt and I made a green sash to tie around my waist.
4. The jumper to didn’t have a feminie feel to it, so instead of the elastic at the bottom of each leg, I added a cuff with a ties that I had to tie into a knot. When tied, it looked like mini bows, and it gave me the feminine flair I was looking for.
greenjump2 GreenJump1There are a couple of things changes that I should have done that I also wanted to mention. The first would be to add pockets.  I think it would have made the look more relaxed.  The second thing is to stitch from the crotch area, up to the first button on the bottom. The instructions don’t tell you this, but when you sit down, that area opens up and you have to adjust every time you sit.  I hated that. One more thing, the instructions to the collar was extremely confusing to me. I guess it was because I’ve never sewn a blazer or anything with this type of collar but I finally figured it out.

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Jumper: DIY
Belt & Rings: Forever 21
Bracelet & Earrings: Charlotte Russe
Watch: TJ Maxx
Black Tote: Victor Alexander
Nude Lipstick: Sephora
Heels: Target

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Jumpsuit: DIY
Earrings & Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Purse: Payless
Watch: TJ Maxx
Lipstick: NYX Shocking Pink

So the link I went for is the black accessorized look!  Comment below and let me know which one is your favorite.

XOXO
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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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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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Spring Fling

The weather has been so crazy lately right? But, that’s not going to keep me from wanting to start Spring early. I must say, Fall and Spring are my two favorite seasons. The colors and perfect temperature that each season brings just makes me so very happy and inspired.tumblr_lif2403jEd1qzr04eo1_500

So for my first “Sew with Me” video for Spring, I chose to make a peplum top using McCalls 6896.  I promise you guys, this pattern is extremely easy.  You can probably make a couple of these on a lazy Saturday.  I would definitely make another one very soon.  This top is perfect for outings wth your girls, a date with your man, or just a regular shopping trip at the mall.  The shape of a peplum is so flattering on so many shapes and it’s perfect for every age group, so why not make one!?
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 So for Spring, I wanted start off by bringing the floral print and bold Spring colors.  As soon as I saw this fabric (from JoAnn Fabrics), I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it and had my outfit already put together in mind.
Spring topSince the top was quite bold with color, I decided to style my peplum top with a few simple, neutral pieces.  I paired my peplum with some white skinny jeans and nude pumps. I pulled the pink out of the shirt with a bold pink lip (Nyx Shocking Pink) and a clutch I made myself.
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Fall Florals

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This month over on Pretty Girls Sew (www.prettygirlssew.com) I chose this Cynthia Rowley pattern that I felt was so perfect for transitioning into the Fall season.
septThis dress took me a total of 6 hours to make. It’s not too difficult but I would not recommend it for a beginner.  The instructions were so difficult to follow.  They were all over the place.  The dress however, came out beautifully so I’m pretty happy with the result. Anyhow, sound off below and let me know what you think.
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Dress Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Sam & Libby Booties: Target
Earrings: Thrift Store
Belt: Thrift Store

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