Tailored

So, as some of you may know, I graduated from college back in June so now I am currently in job hunt mode. Well, not really so much a job; I’m looking for a career that I would enjoy. This post is my ode to that career women I dream of being.
tailI’m very ambitious. I want it all! When I do start working, I’m still going to keep my blog up and running. I’ve built this thing from the ground up and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I really enjoy blogging and I feel like I can manage it all. I’ve managed it while I was in school full time, so I hope it’s no different.
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So this outfit is a bit more on the business casual side because of the bright colored shoes.  I love fuchsia and navy blue paired together. It’s just a beautiful coupling. The neutral animal print purse adds a more classic and high-end look to the entire outfit.  Besides the shoes being my favorite part of the outfit, my second fav is the skirt. Can you believe that it was only $10?! Yep!  I love the box pleat in the front and the belt that it came with is so modern and chic. The fabric is so beautiful and soft and I love that it allows you to look professional yet fashionable as well. I purchased the skirt from JC Penney. I think so many people have turned away from JCP. I don’t understand why though. They have such amazing clothing at amazing prices. I remember last year buying a tuxedo blazer for only $2. It was brand new with absolutely nothing wrong with it. JCP is definitely one of my favorite stores to shop. Do you shop there?
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I love that my entire outfit was on clearance. My top was only $4. A crispy white button-up is a classic and must have in everyone’s wardrobe. My purse was around $6. An animal printed bag is such a fun added touch to any outfit. This  is also a staple that should be in a every woman’s closet. My skirt I mentioned above and lastly, I cannot forget my shoes. JustFab was having a buy 1 get 1 free deal so I jumped right on it.  A fun-colored shoe is a must have for those days when you want to dress up and hang out with the girls or a fun date with your guy. If you don’t have any of these classic pieces, I won’t be mad if you stop reading my blog and go get them for your closet now. It’s soooo needed, so I’ll understand.
tail1So what is your work uniform? What do you wear to work? I’d love to know. Also, I wanna to know, what is your dream job? Are you working there currently?
Thanks for stopping by! XOXO

Top: The Loft// Skirt: JC Penney// Purse: Target// Heels: JustFab// earrings: Charlotte Russe//  Lipstick: Milani Uptown Muave// Eyes: Urban Decay Naked

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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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Prints Charming

He’s Baaaaack!
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!
animal2You 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.
glamfabricsSo 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
il_570xN_619557387_j235ORGANIC Fabric FOXES by Ed Emberly – Picture Pie for Cloud9 Fabrics
il_570xN_619439308_6td4ORGANIC Fabric SHEEP by Ed Emberly
il_570xN_619435252_h8z4So 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.

racoonpants2 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.
racoonpants1So 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.
rp5rp4rp3rp1rpThanks 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.
XOXO
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Tribal

So let me first mention that I purchased this fabric last year at Hancock Fabrics, so if you go looking for it, unfortunately it may not be there anymore, but there are plenty of African or tribal prints on fabric.com that you may love.
fabpicIt took me a year to figure what I wanted to make with because I loved it so much.  I wanted to make sure that whatever I made with it, it was going to be something that I would get a lot of wear out of.  So after a year of brainstorming, I figured, why not make a shift dress?  Shift dresses are perfect for moms because you look easily put together and it’s such a classic piece that you can wear for years.  I created 2 recently which you may have seen on IG (@cheapbutchic); one with a pattern and one I made without a pattern.  But for this particular shift dress, I did use a pattern and I adjusted it quite a bit. So the pattern I used was Simplicity 1878 from the lisette line.
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If you look close, you’ll notice that the front is two separate pieces; top and bottom.  I wanted it to be one solid piece in the front, so I taped the top and bottom pattern pieces together and made sure to include the allowance.  I also didn’t like the neckline. I wanted something more simple instead if the V shape, so I altered that as well. Now for the front and back pieces of the dress, I wanted the bottom to look more like the bottom of a button-up shirt.  I wanted my sheath dress to look & feel like I was wearing my husbands button-up so, I traced the bottom corner of his shirt onto my pattern and that is how I got the bottom to look like a men’s button up shirt.  I also want to add that I inserted an invisible zipper and two darts in the back.

tribaltribal1So I love to have fun taking pictures every now and then so when I pictured the photoshoot for this dress, I pictured my self having big hair in the woods. LOL! So, me and my brother made it work and I think they came out fantastic.
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Dress: DIY// Necklace & Shoes: Charlotte Russe// Lipstick: NyX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morrocco

Do you have any plans on making a shift dress this Summer? If so, send me your pictures on Instagram @cheapbtchic or Facebook. I’d love to see.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Glam Fabrics

So lately, I’ve been on the hunt for that perfect cotton fabric to make my Spring Skirts and I stumbled across this amazing fabric shop on Etsy.  Yes there are several fabric shops on Etsy, but this one in particular stands out to me because the owner is really nice.  The shop I am referring to is called Glam Fabrics and it’s is owned by Jennie.  I do not know her personally but I talked to her through email about how amazing her fabric was and she decided out of the kindness of her heart to give myself and my viewers a discount on her fabric.  Trust me, not all Etsy shop owners are that nice.  Jennie wanted to reach out to you all and give you the best deal.
glamfabrics So take advantage of this great deal.  Before I give you the discount code, I wanted to show you guys my fabric fabrics from her shop that are definitely on my wish list for this year.  I plan on making skirts and maxi dresses from these fabrics.
fabCollageAren’t these amazing prints?!  I Love them! The fabric is designer fabric with excellent quality.  Ok so stop by her shop and say hello.  You must hurry and use the discount if you plan on purchasing because I’m not sure when the discount ends. Who wants to pay full price right?
SHOP HERE: www.glamfabrics.etsy.com
15% Off Discount Code: tabitha14

So here is a sneak peek of some future OOTD blog posts that I have planned. I made these items with the fabric shop that I mentioned and you can too!
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Comment below and let me know which one is your favorite. Thanks for stopping by. XOXO
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Watercolors

So the trend continues with the All Over Print type of look and if you follow me on instagram (@cheapbutchic) you know I have been on roll with pushing out these types of looks lately.

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So let me talk about the fabric.  The fabric that I have been gravitating towards lately is cotton.  Not alot of people sew clothes with this type of material typically, but I’ve been watching alot of designers step out the usual apparel fabric and experiement with different textiles. Lately, I’ve seen quilted skirts made out of quitling fabric with the attached batting.  I’ve also seen a whole lot of neoprene.  Haven’t you?!  Once I get my hands on some that I actually like, I’m definitely making a skirt.  Anyhow, back to the subject at hand.  I purchased my fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  It was part of their value fabrics line so it was under, I think $5/yd.  I purchased two yards.  I love the watercolor effect that the print has. It’s so pretty.  The reason why I’ve been loving cotton fabrics is because there are more options for unique prints.  And this year, I am all for unique prints.
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Now let’s talk design.  Just like the previous crop top in an older post, I made my own pattern for this crop top as well.  I PROMISE, I’ll have that tutorial to you guys soon.  I’m making a few tweaks here and there which is why it’s not out yet.  As for the skirt, I also did not use a pattern.  I wanted something bold, so this definitely worked for me.  I found a quick instructional on Pinterest and made this skirt within 2 hours.  It took a bit of math, but I got it done.  Here a few tutorials that you can check out. You can click any of the links below.  If you are a visual learner.  I’m quite behind, but I’m working on providing a tutorial for you.

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Cotton and Curls

Here are some cotton print options that I thought would look great with this look.

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1- Amy Butler Lark Dreamer Gypsy Cobalt Blue
2- Amy Butler Hapi Glow Navy
3-Amy Butler Lark Glamour Chinese Lanterns Grass Green
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Amy Butler Belle Coriander Blue
All of these fabrics are found on Fabric.com.  If you didn’t like these options, remember there are thousands of other options on the site.  Also, if you didn’t notice, Amy Bulter is one of my favorite fabric/textile designers.  Her work is impeccable. Allow me to remind you that fabric shopping is quite exciting and also addiction, so have fun!

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So here is the look pulled together
pleats3pleats2pleats1pleats5pleats4Thanks for stopping by. Comment below and let me know your favorite type of fabric to work wih this season.
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Spotted on the Streets

If you have not gone to Target lately and looked at their Clearance, you are definitely missing out. I scored a great deal in their lately. I bought several pairs of heels for $11.98 and the tops were between 50%-60% off.  I need to do a haul or something. Target2

Lately, I have not had the time to sew because of the classes that I’m taking.  I’m graduating really soon so these classes are becoming more and more challenging.  In the meantime though, I can still play dress up!
bw8bw7bw1bw9bw4bw61bw3bw5Head on over to Target and see what you can find.  If you’ve found any deals, comment below and let me know what you found.
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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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Transitioning into Fall: Circle Skirt

Fall is my absolute favorite season.  I love EVERYTHING about it. The smell, the food, and ofcourse, the clothes. So since Fall is around the corner, I decided to bring you the perfect Fall transitioning piece. Circle skirts are the best transitioning piece when it comes to Fall fashion.  They are perfect paired with bare legs or colored tights.

DSC_0165The pattern that I chose for this skirt is awesome for those that have never sewn a thing in their lives.  The steps in this pattern is extremely easy to follow and this skirt is so fast and easy that you may want to make more than one. I know I am!
1Black and white is a must have trend for Fall so I chose this black and white ethnic printed linen fabric. I absolutely love it! It’s color is toned down, yet the print is so bold. The fabric and pattern were both purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.
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Jean Button-Up: Target Clearance
Black Scarf: New York Vendor
Ethnic Printed Skirt: DIY
Clutch: Shop my CloZet
Shoes: Target Clearance
DSC_0198DSC_0183DSC_0179DSC_0203Comment below and let me know what your favorite thing about Fall is. Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you decide to make this skirt, I would love to see.  Tag me on Instagram @Cheapbutchic and follow me there for all other DIY’s and other crafty things I’m creating.  Also, If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  God Bless. XOXO

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