Savannah Adventures

Ok, so while in Savannah, I wanted to present a fresh and clean look that was easy to pull off and somewhat easy to wear since I had both my children.  Mind you, I said somewhat because I chose to wear white and you know if you have children, it’s hard to keep clean when chasing them around.  The lipstick that I used was the perfect accessory to my overall look. It gave my look a bit of a retro feel so I really liked that.  I’m really into bright lips this season can you tell?
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The lipstick that I used was the perfect accessory to my overall look. It gave my look a bit of a retro feel that I really liked. It has a matte finish and it is quite drying, but if you moisturize your lips prior to putting it on, you’ll be fine.  And the best part is, it lasts all day.  It’s actually kind of hard to clean off.  I’m really into bright lips this season can you tell?
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Sunnies: Target// Chambray Button up: Target// Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft// Sandals: Charlotte Russe// Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Lipstick: MAC Relentlessly Red // Nail Polish: Fresh Paint Alex’s Lemonade

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Let’s get Savvy

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.
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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.
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ty3ty6ty7Easy 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)

Stylist: Tabitha Sewer, Mom// Photographer: Joshua McLeod
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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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Lavendar Tulle + Floral Crown

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:
DSC_0044A 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
Top: Target
Tulle Skirt: DIY
Tights: Target
Shoes: Target
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Thank you for stopping by.
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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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Neon Maxi

The weather outside today is amazing! Right?!  So I decided to finally take pictures in this skirt that I made a few weeks ago that you may have seen on Instagram (@CheapbutChic).  Spring is the time to bring out those maxi skirts and dresses.  This year I decided that I wanted to make a few for my Spring/ Summer wardrobe.

skirtstripesLet’s talk about how amazing this fabric is!  I purchased it from Hancock fabrics.  If I can recall correctly, I think its a polyester and rayon mix.  This fabric is usually used for maxi skirts and dress.  It drapes on your body beautifully, it’s lightweight, and it feels great. I definitely recommend that you pick up some fabric and make a few maxi skirts for this year.  They are easily worn to make you look and feel like you are well put together. So here is my pulled together look.  I ran errands today, so I paired it with a basic black tank top, neon statement necklace and flip-flops from Charlotte Russe.
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This skirt is can be made using my recent tutorial that I recent uploaded onto my YouTube channel.  One change I made that was different from the video tutorial, is that I inserted an invisible zipper instead of a regular zipper.  A regular zipper would work, but I feel that invisible zippers give a cleaner finish. Click link below:
DIY Gather Skirt

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@CheapbutChic) and on Facebook (Cheap but Chic) for pictures of future posts and behind the scenes photos.
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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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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
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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.
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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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Shoe Haul

Hi everyone!
So over the course of a few weeks I’ve stopped by a few stores and luckily I scored great deals on some amazing shoes. I can honestly say that I was extremely lucky on a few of these purchases. You will definitely see them in my outfits of the day photos for Spring and Summer. So along with a video haul discussing the prices , look, and feel of the shoes, I decided to take aditional photos so that you guys can take a closer look of the detail in each shoe.

Share your favorite places to shop for shoes below. I would love to hear and I’d definitely love to check those places out. Thanks for stopping by.

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Sam & Libby for Target

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Gap

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Sam & Libby for Target

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Sam & Libby for Target

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Sam & Libby for Target

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Charlotte Russe

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Aldo

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