DIY Joggers

 So the trend for Fall/ Winter fashion is sporty wear and you’ve probably seen it all over the runway, celebs, and your favorite bloggers. Jogger pants are a part of that sporty look, but why not go outside of the box and pick a print that wouldn’t typically be used for this type of look.
jog3These pants are comfortable and depending on the print that you choose, you can easily look pulled together if you just throw on something as simple as a t-shirt like I did with my look. My shirt was a bit long, so I tied a knot in the back.  I say that this is a must have for back to school kids, whether in elementary, middle, or high school. I created this for my daughter (HERE & HERE) and for my son (HERE). This pants are also great for moms that are always on the run trying to keep up with family duties.
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Top: Forver 21// Pants: DIY// Shoes: JustFab

The fabric that I chose was a sateen with a bit of stretch. It was purchased from JoAnn Fabrics and if you are interested, I created a tutorial for these pants a couple weeks back. You can check it out here?

http://youtu.be/tD_ghqEHyAE

What are your thoughts on the sports wear trend?

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DIY Origami Top + Circle Skirt

With Fall season just around the corner, I know that we are all on the hunt for that perfect fabric that will help us transition into Fall style and I finally found the perfect print that I got it from FatQuarterShop.com  I am totally in love for these reasons: It’s modern, it has a bit of a Summer and Fall color palette, and it’s just an all-around fun print.
gridWith this fabric, I wanted to show you that you can create both, an edgy and a sophisticated look. They both are fun and can be pulled off at any age.  That’s the main reason I feel that you need this fabric in your life; You can create something for anyone no matter their age and in all honesty, gender. It is a neutral print that gives off a youthful look to whatever is created.
gridlock11With this first look, I created an origami top in which you can pair with your favorite fitted jeans.  Pair it with some bold accessories, and you have yourself, an edgy, yet sexy look.  This top has no zipper and loose, boxy feel to it and because of the open back, it’s to pull on and off. The peek-a-boo on the lower back shows just the perfect amount of skin for Fall and it gives off an unexpected touch to a basic top.  Cute right?! gridlock1CollageTOP: DIY// Jeans: Zara// Necklace: Charlotte Russe//
Crossbody Bag: Target// Heels: Target

Now I know that everyone loves a classic circle skirt and when paired with this years hottest trend, the midi, it’s such a great combo that needs to be added to your Fall wardrobe.
grid1With this second look, I created this super cute circle skirt. It’s such a fun and classy look that any age can pull off.  You can instantly look pulled together with a circle skirt made with a fun, bold print, and a t-shirt or tank.  It’s as easy as that. Throw on some accessories and you’ve just stepped your look up to whole new level.
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White Tank: Target// Jean Jacket: JC Penny// Skirt: DIY// Purse: Marshalls//
Shoes: Forever 21// Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Now you can definitely put both pieces together for a matchy-matchy look which is another hot trend for this year and you will look equally fabulous.  To create any one of these looks, I have created an easy-to-follow tutorial located at the bottom of this post but before you start creating, you need fabric right? Below I have included links to some of my favorite fabric picks from FatQuarterShop.com and a 20% off coupon code so that you can go crazy. Oh and if you are interested in the fabric that I chose, you can find it HERE.
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2. Meadow Hyacinths Freshly Cut
3. Moonlit Aqua On the Grid
4. Color Me Retro Azalea Dulcette
5. Midnite Gems Jewel Gay Paree
6. Chic Flora Rouge Interlaced
7. Sylvia White Ruta
8. Mormor Emerald Little Blomster
9. Brambleberry Ridge Lilac Shimmer Reflection

20% OFF $50 or more
COUPON CODE:
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EXPIRES: Oct. 31, 2014

Here is the tutorial for both the origami top and circle skirt. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t and thumbs up this video if you enjoyed the tutorial.

So what looks are you excited to create and/or wear in the Fall?!  Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Thank you so much Daniar of FatQuarterShop.com for giving me this opportunity to create with your beautiful fabric.)

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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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Fabric Statement Necklace

So….I’m extremely behind on this necklace. I was hoping to film a tutorial on this, but since I am so behind on my videos, I decided to share this pictorial (picture tutorial) on my blog.
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If you follow me on IG (@cheapbutchic) you’ll know that I made this necklace months ago.  So enough with the talking. Here is what you will need:
necklaceCollageIf you can, use your scraps of fabric. Have you made a tulle skirt lately? Use those scraps. Here is the step-by-step tutorial, If you have questions, comment below. If you’ve completed this project and would like for me to check it out, tag me on IG. I’d love to see your finished project.

Step 1: Trace the shape of the visor onto the felt. Cut shape out.
necklace6Step 2:  Cut out two 20 in. pieces of your satin ribbon. Stitch one end of each ribbon to the corners of your felt. Optional- Use a liquid fray prevention to stop the ends of the ribbon from fraying. You can find it at JoAnns.
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Step 3: Cut out several circles from your tulle and satin fabric. Remember, the circles do not have to be perfect.
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Step 4: Take one circle, whether satin or tulle and fold on half.
necklace9Step 5: Then, fold in half again. Place hot glue onto tip of your folded fabric and place onto the felt.  Repeat steps 3 & 4 with both satin and tulle circles. Be sure to spread out both fabrics evenly for a more full and floral-like texture. Also, work fast. Each piece of fabric needs another to stand up on it’s point.

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And that’s it!  This necklace would look great to spice up any regular t-shirt or it would look nice with a simple dress. Have fun with it!
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Americana

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you are all in good health.
necklaceNote: Click HERE to learn how to make the DIY Satin Necklace

So every Summer, I run into thrift stores and I grab a few pairs of jeans and turn them into shorts because let’s be real, who in the world wants to spend over $20 on some shorts that you can distress at home?! Not me!  I purchased these Levi pants in the Men’s section at the thrift store.  I remember doing a post about thrifting when I first started blogging and the #1 rule I mentioned was to be open minded.  These “men’s” jeans are the perfect fit and surprisingly high-waist jeans. This cheap and easy look is everywhere and it’s extremely comfortable. My brother, whom some of you may know, has a men’s fashion blog and has recently posted an easy-to-follow tutorial on making your own distressed shorts. In the video, he features 2 styles that you can choose to create.  I will link the video at the bottom of this post.  But, for now, here is what I am wearing for the 4th (until I slip into some comfortable flats ofcourse!). rwb3rwb2rwb6rwb4rwb5rwb8Tshirt: Target// Sunnies: Target// Hoop Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Shorts: Thrift store + DIY// Heels: Zara

DIY Cut-Off Shorts Tutorial:

Have Fun and always, always, always, Be Safe! Hugs & Kisses!
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Transitioning into my Summer Wardrobe

So today I decided that I was going to take a look back at past looks and pick out my favorites that I plan on transitioning into my Summer wardrobe.  I chose four looks and I’ve linked them back to their original posts so that you can check out how I went about creating the look and/ or the DIY tutorial I provided.
summertransitionCollageLook #1: Palazzo Pants
Look #2: Neon Maxi Dress
Look #3: Neon Maxi Skirt
Look #4: Water Color Skirt Set
What are some of your favorite garments that you are excited to be transitioning into this season?  Comment below. I’s love to hear about it.
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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.
glamfabricsShop Here: www.etsy.com/glamfabrics
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 Palazzo

So last Fall I made some palazzo pants in a tribal print and I received so many compliments on them, so I decided that I was going to carry that trend right into Spring.

The pattern that I used was McCalls 6515.  I did have to make some adjustments to get the look that I wanted.  If you want to wear them with flats the length of the pattern should be fine, but if you plan on wearing these pants with heels, I suggest that you add about 3 inches to the length of these pants.  Now, for the high-waist, I added about 2 inches to the top of the pant.   When you add the waistband, the look comes together perfectly.  Also, I chose to use an invisible zipper for a cleaner finish.   The fabric that I chose was a Twill fabric.  Twill is perfect for pants because it has great durability to handle day-to-day activities.  As for my top, it was an old, long sleeve turtleneck that I just cut up and altered and within 30 minutes, I came up with the look that you see below.  So here is my pulled together look.  If you would like to make them yourself, I have a tutorial below.
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Here is the tutorial:

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Lady in the Streets

First off, let me describe my style.  Classy, sexy, feminine, safe.  This outfit is everything I mentioned but safe. LOL!  In my regular everyday wear, Im a jeans a t-shirt type of gal.  With blogging, I am able to create a type of alter ego.  This year, I told myself that I was going to step out of my comfort zone and make things that I normally would not wear on an everyday basis, but something that my inner Carrie Bradshaw would wear.
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So with that said, I decided on making another peek-a-boo skirt I made in a previous post except with a few adjustments.  The previous skirt, I don’t think I’d be comfortable wearing out because it’s a bit too short. So, I made this one a bit longer.  I also felt that I wanted a more cohesive look to my skirt so I did not add the strips of fabric like I did with my other skirt.  This skirt was easily made without a pattern and the tutorial will be available for purchase soon.

For the crop top, I drafted a shirt pattern on my own for first time ever!! YAY! I was so excited.  It took me three tries and I was so relieved when I got it on the third try. As far as sewing it all together…now that was extremely easy.  It’s not made for stretchy material which I love. I have not seen any DIY’s on structured crop tops.  I’ve only seen tutorials using stretchy fabric. So this one is defintiely perfect for me.
bluepeekaboo1croptopSo here is my look put together.  Hope you all enjoy and be prepared for more color and prints in the future of this blog.
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To get an idea of the changes I made and how to go about making this skirt without a pattern, a video will be provided soon.
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How To: Basic Zipper

So I’ve had quite a few requests on a tutorial on how to install a basic zippe, so it’s finally here.  I use them all the time for pencil, gathered, and lately my pleated skirts.  If inserted correctly, you will have a nice, perfectly fitted garment.  Zippers can intimidate those of us that are just beginning so the way that I choose to sew in my zippers in may help you.
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Here are some of the tools that I use to install my zippers.  You can purchase any of these items at your local fabric store.tape Seven colorful sewing pins on a white background zipper_foot2So here is the tutorial. THUMBS UP if you enjoyed it. Thanks. XOXO.


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