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. These 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.
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?
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! When 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. A 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.
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. Me and my daughter have decided that this outfit will be her 1st day of school outfit. My little fashionista has arrived. So 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. As 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. These 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.
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! You 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. So 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 ORGANIC Fabric FOXES by Ed Emberly – Picture Pie for Cloud9 Fabrics ORGANIC Fabric SHEEP by Ed Emberly So 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.
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. So 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. Thanks 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.
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.
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. Easy 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)
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.I 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! So, 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.
(Note: I DID NOT tell him how to pose. I guess he was just ready. LOL!)
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: A 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
Tulle Skirt: DIY
Since I started sewing clothes back in April (2013), I decided that I wanted to include my children in my sewing endeavors as well. I’m excited to be adding their fashionable photos to my blog. Ok, so this year I thought it was ambitious, but I really wanted to sew my son and daughter’s Halloween costume. It took me a total of four days to complete both costumes but it was all worth it in the end. My daughter chose her costume. She wanted to be a cheetah and my husband chose for my son to be a lion. The patterns that I chose to make these costumes were McCall’s M6105 (Lion) and McCall’s MO308 (Cheetah).My daughter (4 yrs old) was a witch last year and won the costume contest last year from a costume that I bought from Walmart. This year I am proud to say that she won again! I was super excited for her. She played it cool when her name was announced. All the parents were looking at me at the time so I had to scream in my head. My son who is 2 years old was on the run most of the time so I didn’t get many pictures of him, but I will list what I have below. Btw, I did do both of my kids’ and my own makeup also. Comment below and let me know what you or your kids are going as a this year. Be safe this year and have fun. Happy Halloween from my home to yours!XOXO Thanks for stopping by!
This DIY was highly requested by my viewers on Youtube, so I decided to try my hand at making bows. I’ve never made them before until now and I must say, they are pretty easy to make.
Supplies: Alligator Clips (Click Link for seller) Assorted Ribbon (Local Craft Stores) Hot Glue Gun w/ Glue Sticks (Local Craft Stores) 25 gauge Floral Wire or Garbage Bag Twist Ties (Local Craft Stores)
If you have made any of these bows, comment below and let us know how easy and fun it was.