How fun is this midi skirt!? I love this freakin skirt! LOL! Some say it’s a party in a skirt. :) You can’t really tell from the photos, but the pink pom poms on the skirt stick out and gives the skirt a fun texture. People always ask me “How long did it take you to sew all of those pom poms on there?” LOL! I’ll never tell! ;) This skirt is apart of my Limited Edition Collection from my line. You can find it HERE.
I decided to go unexpected and pair this skirt with a light blue button up shirt. And I loved playing with the contrasting print of the polka look of the skirt so I paired it with my favorite striped heels. This is such a fun party look. I definitely had fun wearing it. Comment below and tell me what your ideal party look would be.
So it’s halfway through the year. Time went by so fast. My business is officially 8 months today! Looking back, I’ve worked my ass off and have learned so much about this business. Although wishing I’d gone to fashion school, I feel like what I’m doing now is the path I’m supposed to be going down. Everything is falling into place and God has literally sent the most amazing people in my life that I would have never seen myself even meeting.
For several years, I prayed that God bless me with my dream job. I prayed for this but not knowing what I wanted my dream job to be. I can truly say that the empire that I am building is the dream job that God dreamt for me. I really wish that I could show you all everything that has happened from April 2013 until now. To think that I’ve ONLY been sewing for 2 years and now own my clothing line that is already in a couple stores within the first year of my collection launching blows my mind. I seriously cannot fathom all of this. I really wish I could take you all down memory lane to see all of the people that I’ve met that volunteered to help me because they believed in me and my brand. These people aren’t just some airheads off the street either. These are some extremely smart people who I still cannot believe they were sent my way. God truly works in mysterious ways. It makes me tear up just looking back at all that has happened and the things I know the future holds. The project that I am working on now behind the scenes literally blows my mind. I cannot even believe that I’m even in the position to be doing it. God is good. He is good to me. If you want something bad enough, put in the work. I hate reading, but I read about the business because I want to be successful. I’m an introvert and hate being around a lot of people, but God has literally pushed me out there and I’ve have the most extraordinary people. I hate public speaking, but with this business, that totally goes out the window. It’s all or nothing. When you have to talk about yourself as a designer and talk about your collection, you have one shot. It’s all God though. God made all of this possible. I give him all of the glory and all of the praise.
Tank: Old Navy
Midi Skirt: TJ Sewer
Heels: Just Fab
Summer is here! I’ve been extremely busy on my clothing line. As some of you know, I started my business 6 months ago and things have been going quite well. It’s hard to be the main person in charge because everyone that works for you needs you all the time. A lot of times its hard to sit down and get that moment to sew for myself or the new collection. When I don’t get the chance to sew for myself, I love to wear skirts from own line (@tjsewercollection). And this one gets a lot of use.
So you guys should already know this by now but black is my favorite color and its a must for me to wear with almost everything. So ofcourse I had to pair a basic black tee with my midi skirt. I decided to add some pops of color with my shoes and necklace.
I love the look of midi skirts because they are so lady like and classy. You can never go wrong with looking classy!
I personally think that midi skirts flatter everyone. What are your thoughts? I always hear (majority from my beautiful plus size women) that midi skirts don’t look good on them. I wholeheartedly disagree. Comment below and tell me what you think.
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.
A couple posts back, I showed you all my thrift haul and I told gave you some insight on how I wanted to refashion or alter a few of the pieces that I picked up. When I saw this particular wool skirt, I pictured an older woman wearing this with a matching wool jacket and white botton-up top. I loved the structure of this skirt but wanted to put a younger spin on it, so the easiest thing to do was to shorten it and pair it with bright fun colors. In the Fall, I throw on black tights with just about everything and with Hanes, they have so many fun prints that take my basic black into something fun and unexpected. I was sent a few tights to style and I absolutely love them all. Thank you Hanes! The tights that I chose to wear with this outfit are the Hanes Silk Reflections Animal Tights. They’re modern and it brings an unexpected sexiness to my casual outfit. Throw on a pair of printed tights and you’ve automatically updated your outfit. So what are your thoughts on printed tights?
T-shirts are a “must have” in everyone’s wardrobe. They are extremely comfortable, they can be dressed up or down, and they’re pretty much a classic staple that can be worn years to come. So I’ve teamed up with the oh so fabulous Adrienne from Adrienne’s Essentials to show you guys how you can style a basic t-shirt. I freakin love her!!! I’ve been following her work for a few years now and I must say, that this is a dream come true for me to even do this collab with her. I’ve included her looks below, but for more pictures, you can check out her blog post HERE. Ok, so below I have provided 3 totally different looks for 3 separate occasions. Hope you enjoy them.
Sunnies: JCP// Tee: HERE// Blazer: Thrifted// Jeans: American Eagle// Purse: New York// Watch: TJ Maxx// Bracelet: Charlotte Russe// Heels: Target// Scarf: Forever21// Lipstick: MAC’s Ruby Woo
Earrings: New York// T-Shirt: HERE// Skirt: DIY (Tutorial HERE)//Purse: Charming Charlie// Heels: Target// Lipstick: NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice
Tshirt: HERE// Sunnies: Charlotte Russe// Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Skirt: DIY (Similar tutorial HERE…Use the underlining to the skirt in this tutorial)// Jacket: Don’t Remember// Heels: JustFab// Clutch: DIY (similar tutorial HERE) Lipstick: NYX Lip Cream in Morocco
So ….SOUND OFF!!! Which look was your favorite? Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
(Special THANK YOU to Adrienne for collaborating with me. Such a ridiculously sweet person. Hope to do this again in the future! XOXO)
So back in the Spring, I made an open back top that I absolutely fell in love with. I loved it so much, that I wanted to make something similar to transition into the Fall. So. I drafted a pattern out of a top that I already owned and came up with this Origami top. I vlogged my entire process for a video that I will later post. It’s going to be titled “Behind the Scenes of a DIY Fashion Blogger”. I wanted to show you my creative process, and you’ll see me drafting patterns and coming up with ideas for my blog and YouTube, but more info will come out once the video is out which will be in a few weeks. I’ve been doing quite well with the consistency of my videos. I have a video set for every week as of lately, so be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t yet.
Enough with the side rambling. So like I said, I drafted the pattern to make this top, but I will show you in how to make it with a pattern in a future tutorial which will be released in a bout 2 weeks. (Mark your calendars) This is a loose fitting top. I love the peek of skin on the lower back because it’s just enough. If you are not a fan of showing skin at all, you can easily make this top a bit longer to where the cutout hits your bottom. The fabric that I chose for this top is a sateen. It has a small amount of stretch and it has a nice, satiny finish. For this top, you don’t necessarily need any stretch. You can make this top with 100% cotton if you like because of the open back, it allows for a lot of movement without the wrinkles.
Top: DIY (Fabric purchased from JoAnn Fabrics)//Earrings: Zales// Necklace: Aldo// Pants: American Eagle// Purse: Marshalls// Rings: Charming Charlie// Wedding Band// White Heels: Charlotte Russe// Blue Heels: JustFab
Have you ever walked into a thrift store and looked at something and think “Why would anyone purchase this?” LOL! I know I have…several times!!! Well, over on Pretty Girls Sew, we wanted to challenge you to think outside of the box and refashion a thrifted find. Here is what I picked up; A kelly green, drop-waisted dress with rusty, gold buttons. Doesn’t it just look so fabulous?! LOL! Not really. Taking something old and turning it into something beautiful definitely tests your creativity, your sewing skills, and problem solving skills. Imagination is key! So I had sooooo many things in mind for this but it all fell through because of the small amount of fabric that I was working with. This is where creativity and problem solving comes in. I literally had to take apart almost the entire dress. I kept a portion of the front button section as is, but everything else had to go. Here’s some notes on how I went about creating my finished piece.
1. I removed the sleeves, and bottom pleated skirt.
2. Using my bra as a guide, I created the top portion of the romper.
3. To create a nice and neat finish for the top, I cut out facings and neatly understitched it.
4. It took forever, but I ironed the pleats out of the skirt and turned it into shorts.
5. I really wanted pockets, but don’t have enough fabric so I made faux pockets. (LOL! Nope they aren’t real)
6. The waist was a tad large, but I didn’t want to take away any fabric because my hips are wide, so I added 2 darts in the back instead.
7. When hemming the shorts, I wanted the hem to be thick like most shorts are so that’s what I did.
8. I removed the old, gold buttons and added some nice rustic silver ones.
9. For the back, I created a drop back and added facing for a neat finish.
10. For the straps, I took the sleeves, and cut 1.5 inch strips. I stitched two together to make them long enough and stitched down the sides of each strap. I made a total of four straps. I criss-crossed it across the back side of the romper attached it the front and side.
Head piece: DIY (tutorial coming soon)// Lipstick: Rimmel Kate Moss #17// Romper: DIY// Kimono: TJ Maxx// Heels: Charlotte Russe
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.
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. So 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! 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! 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.
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!