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.
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. Look #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.
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 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.
So I wanted to start a new series on my YouTube channel and here on my blog. It’s called Monday Minute. I was inspired by HeyClaire on YouTube who does Monday Minute on fashion, so I was like, “Why not do a one minute video on sewing/ crafting?” So I did!
What is Monday Minute?
60 seconds filled with tips on making your lives easier! Subjects will be Sewing, Crafting, and DIYing ofcourse.
This week’s Monday Minute is a tip on how to EASILY hem/ sew sleeves or pant legs.
Don’t you just LOVE Fall?! I’m definitely going to miss it! I didn’t get a chance to make as much clothing as I wanted because of the classes that I am currently taking. It has been pretty hard lately juggling school, work, my blog, my Youtube channel, and most importantly, my family. I’m still standing though (LOL!). So, with that said, here are my favorite looks for Fall…
Not too excited about Winter, but thinking positively, I do have a lot of projects in store that I cannot wait to start on. Wanna hear them?
– DIY Winter Coats
– DIY Celebrity Looks for Less
– DIY Party Dresses
– Sequins, Sequins, and more Sequins
I am also working on a another HUGE project with a special guest that I will be announcing at the end of the year so stay tuned for that. Well, thank you to all of those that have just joined my blog and thank you to all of those that have supported me all this time. I will be having a giveaway hopefully by xmas. Check out my youTube channel for details (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MCMEfoWfXQ). Talk to you guys again soon in another post. XOXO
Home for the Holidays was started last year when I started YouTube. It’s basically me showing you things that you can make at home to give away as gifts. They are all inexpensive yet something that I would actually love to receive. In other words, gifts that are “Cheap but Chic”!
My home for the holidays series starts TODAY and will end December 17th. Brand new videos will be posted every Tuesday. So you are probably thinking what I may have in store huh? Well, I’ll have gifts for everyone on your list, including co-workers and your neighbors. I’ll also do a DIY on a holiday dress or maybe a coat inspired the beautiful Olivia Pope. What do you guys think? It’s all about what you guys want so comment below and let me know.
Today I posted a video that you can gift to your sister, mother, or girlfriend. Or like me, you can make them for yourself to keep you warm during the holidays. Please subscribe to my channel if you haven’t. I’ll talk to you guys soon.
Pallazzo Pants were so popular way back when and they have came right back around again. Depending on the fabric that you choose, they are very light, comfortable, and they definitely make a fashion statement.
The pattern that I chose to make my Pallazzo pants was McCall’s M6515. I’m so sorry. I totally forgot what type of fabric I used for my pants, but it is light, it has a lot of movement, and it feels silky against my skin.
These are great for day and night. You can wear them to work with a button up, a fitted top, or a turtle neck. If worn at night, a crop top would make it more appropriate for dancing at a club, hanging out with the girls, or a bar. However you wear it, keep it sexy.
Enjoy the tutorial. Please support my channel by liking the video. If you have any suggestions for upcoming videos or tutorials, comment below. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless! XOXO