Thrifted Refashion: Trench Vest

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So a few weeks ago, I showed you guys a Thrifted haul and I told you guys that I was going to transform a few of the things that I purchased.  One of those things was this blue dress.
trench1I know. I know. It’s hideous. And you are probably thinking, what the heck was I thinking, right?  Well, This wouldn’t be “Cheap but Chic” if I couldn’t tell you how to think outside of the box and make something that looks amazing…..for little money of course!  So, trench vests are in! And I love them.  Its such a perfect piece to wear to the office or a casual shopping day.  Here is my inspiration:
karla11Aren’t they chic?!?!? I love trench vests.  So what I did was really easy!
1. Remove sleeves and hem.
2. Update buttons
3. Press
4. Done

trenchOne of things that I looked for when creating this coat was the fabric.  The fabric had to be durable, and it had to be a medium-weight feel like trench coat fabrics are.  Another thing that I looked for was the double breasted button closures. This to me, was a no brainer.  Once I saw this, I immediately thought trench coat! I paired mine with a simple white t-shirt, jeans, and nude pumps.  I allowed my trench vest to get all of the attention in this outfit. I’m definitely excited to add this to my closet.
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trench7Trench Vest: Thrift Store Refashion// Jeans: American Eagle// Tee: Target// Purse: Aldo// Heels: JCP

What are your thoughts on the trench vest? Comment below!

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Thrifted Refashion: Wool Skirt

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.
thrifthaul1When 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.
woolblogIn 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!
hanesThe 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.
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Thank you Hanes for sponsoring this post.

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Thrift Haul

Hi everyone. So I recently went thrifting and found some great things. I’m super excited to share it with you all and hopefully if you don’t thrift, I’ll inspire you to start.  So in the past few years, thrifting has gotten really popular and so thrift stores have ridiculously started to raise their prices on the things that were DONATED to them. (I’m really mad about that if you can’t tell.) I don’t understand why they do that, but I guess it’s all business.  So, with the things that I purchased, I plan to either make some alterations or do a slight makeover to create something that is currently on trend.  If you follow me on Instagram @cheapbutchic, you will have seen one item I’ve already made over. Anyhow, let’s get started with the haul.

Ok. so when you first see this, you may be slightly scared and think, “What the heck was she thinking?” Well, the number one rule when thrifting is that you must think outside the box.  If you sew, you can take your thrifting up a whole new level because you can recreate and alter your finds. I bought this for $8.99 because I was inspired by this years hottest trend; the sleeveless trench coat. thrifthaul4Here is my inspiration: karla11 I love the way Ashley from FabEllis styled her sleeveless trench coat. ash1 My next thrifted find was this gray wool skirt.  The price for this skirt was $3.99. Wool skirts are a must have for Fall and Winter. This is such a classic piece and it’s must have for cooler weather because it keeps your bum warm.  I plan to shorten it to make it a bit more chic. thrifthaul1Here is my inspiration: Blake+Lively+Cinema+Society+BlackBerry+Bold+zI-FOU1F8eXl

My next thrifted item that I purchased was this long jean skirt. The price for this skirt was $4.99. I do plan on make some minor changes to this skirt as well…well, just a bit of shortening and distressing. thrifthaulHere is my inspiration: jeanskirt1So ofcourse I had to save the best for last.  The retail price on this coat is $220 found HERE. The price for this coat was $29.99, but I paid $22 because my thrift store has a sale every Monday.  This jacket looks brand new and it’s just plain beautiful! No alterations will be made on this coat because it’s perfect as is. I’ll just be dropping it off at my local dry cleaners as with all the rest of these clothes. thrifthaul3Here is my inspiration: plus-size-trench-coatWhat do you think about my finds?  Have you been thrifting lately? If so let me know what you’ve found. I’d love to hear.  Also if you haven’t been thrifting or never been, I hope I’ve inspired you. name

Celeb Look for Less: Floral Bomber Jacket

Hi everyone! Long time no see huh?! Well I had to take a much needed break, but no worries, I’m back. So I recently watched Sex and the City for the first time (I know. I know. I’m late!) And while watching, I was so inspired by the amount of fashion risks that Ms. Carrie Bradshaw took. I loved her extreme take on clothes. For example, she always went overboard with what she wore when just performing simple tasks. I thought it was hilarious and I loved it. So, let’s talk about my inspiration…bomberCollage Don’t you just love this jacket?! It’s so darn fabulous! It’s such a cool piece that can easily be dressed up or down, which is what I love about it.  It’s an easy piece that you throw on and can easily look pulled together. When walking through JoAnns Fabric Store, I remember spotting a similar style fabric in the Prom/ Wedding section. I NEVER would have though to turn this fabric into a jacket. It’s so clever and it’s such an unexpected fabric choice. So of course, I had to have it!
bomberIf you are looking to recreate this jacket and you are not interested in black, there are other colors; off-white and blush pink. Not a huge selection but with these colors are perfect neutrals. I’m actually thinking about making a pink one…hmmmm. The fabric is a bit pricey, $25/yd, but if you wait for a 50% off coupon the cost will be easier to cope with. LOL! It did for me at least. Also, the best part is, you’ll only need about 1.5 yds depending on the size you make. So can we say “Cheap but Chic!?”

bomber1The pattern that I chose to recreate Ms. Bradshaw’s floral bomber is New Look’s 6226 from the Project Runway line of patterns. This jacket is fully lined and was pretty easy to make. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I would say that this is for the intermediate seamstress, not so much for the beginner only because there a few techniques used that a beginner may not understand just yet.  I did have to make a change to the outcome of my jacket versus how it is supposed to be made.  I removed the panel in the center of the jacket. With the fabric that I chose, it would not have looked proportionate. If you choose a less bulkier, more simpler fabric, I think the panel in the front would be fine.

bomber3Ok. So I am going to style my jacket in a few different ways. Today, I wanted to dress my jacket casually with some simple thrifted distressed jean shorts, tights, and boots.  This is a look that I would wear when hanging out with the girls or shopping. And of course, you all know I love my black. :)
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What are your thoughts on bomber jackets? Is it a closet staple for you this season?

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Americana

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you are all in good health.
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So every Summer, I run into thrift stores and I grab a few pairs of jeans and turn them into shorts because let’s be real, who in the world wants to spend over $20 on some shorts that you can distress at home?! Not me!  I purchased these Levi pants in the Men’s section at the thrift store.  I remember doing a post about thrifting when I first started blogging and the #1 rule I mentioned was to be open minded.  These “men’s” jeans are the perfect fit and surprisingly high-waist jeans. This cheap and easy look is everywhere and it’s extremely comfortable. My brother, whom some of you may know, has a men’s fashion blog and has recently posted an easy-to-follow tutorial on making your own distressed shorts. In the video, he features 2 styles that you can choose to create.  I will link the video at the bottom of this post.  But, for now, here is what I am wearing for the 4th (until I slip into some comfortable flats ofcourse!). rwb3rwb2rwb6rwb4rwb5rwb8Tshirt: Target// Sunnies: Target// Hoop Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Shorts: Thrift store + DIY// Heels: Zara

DIY Cut-Off Shorts Tutorial:

Have Fun and always, always, always, Be Safe! Hugs & Kisses!
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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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Illusions

Are you trying to lose weight but the pounds aren’t falling off fast enough?  Are you losing the weight, but can’t seem to tell?  This skirt is for you! Last year, the illusion dresses was pretty popular.  It gave the illusion that you were slimmer than you really were.  Celebrities were seen everywhere on the red carpets and events sporting this look.celebs

This pattern gives the same effect, but the best part is, it’s customizable!  I was able to choose whatever print I wanted; solid or bold. (View D)
m6711pic The skirt was pretty easy to make as usual.  The waistband I think was the most time consuming, because I had to stitch it by hand.  I think it came out pretty nice though. What do you think?  Scroll below to see the easy to follow tutorial.
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Leopard Printed Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Top: Thrift Store
Clutch: Shop My Clozet
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Heel Sleeves: Shop My Clozet

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Home Sweet Home

So my entryway was bit boring so i decided that I wanted to make aa easy custom wall art that would match the rest of the decor in my home. While scrolling Pinterest, I came across this one. It was love at first site!homesI changed it up a bit by adding a 3D effect to the  word “SWEET” and I made the same word a metallic finish. To make it as bold as the one above I am in search for the perfect at local thrift stores or yard sales taht I can paint gold. I think that’ll tie it together.
1235895_692466310782924_1651500212_nhomesweethomeThis was a pretty easy project to complete within a few hours. You can make it your own by choosing to do a phrase or children’s names.  Have fun with it and no matter what you decide, I’m sure it’ll look great.  Remember to follow me on Instagram @Cheapbutchic to see what I am doing behind the scenes and please support my channel by subscribing.

Thanks for stopping by! XOXO
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Old is New Again

If you have children, you can definitely relate with me. I have a beautiful 4 yr old baby girl and a handsome 1 yr old baby boy that love crafting like me.  They love drawing, and painting ON MY FURNITURE!  Ugghhh….You can feel my irritation right?  It doesn’t matter how much paper I give my son, he just puts his artwork on everything but…
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So, before I show you my before pictures don’t judge me. LOL! I should have completed this DIY a long time ago because the dried in food, spilled juice, and artwork isn’t a pleasant site.
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Before, the cushion on my chairs were a cream colored upholstery fabric.  This time, I wanted to make sure that I protected my beautiful fabric that I chose, so I first chose a clean, white upholstery fabric with embossed circles and on top I added a light vinyl. I chose a white fabric because it has a clean, fresh finish and the vinyl will make it harder for food and drinks to stain my cushions.


You can accomplish this DIY on thrifted furniture too.  If you see something in a second hand store with a beautiful frame, grab it. Paint it, stain it, then reupholster it.  Here is the tutorial on how you can easily upcycle your old dining chairs.  If you haven’t already, please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment and like this post if you are excited about Home Décor DIYs.

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From “Hallelujah” to “I Wanna Do Ya!”

Hi everyone.  So for Pretty Girls Sew (www.prettygirlssew.com) this month we had to shop our closets or the Thrift Stores and take 2 items from Drab to Fab.  And boy was that a lot of fun!!!
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When I heard the challenge for the month, I already knew what I wanted to create.  I wanted to make a romper with a heart cut-out in the back.  How cute would that be right?  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way for me.  It’s obvious that I had a lot of material to work with, but the way the dress was made, it was difficult for me to make shorts.  I was pretty discouraged….only for a few hours though. LOL!
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So this dress was pretty difficult for me to alter.  The dress was strangely made.  I had to do a lot to make the dress exactly how I pictured it in my mind.  This dress took me 3 days to fix.  Below are the steps that I took to alter my Grandma dress.from Drab

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1. Removed both sleeves and slimmed one sleeve to fit my arm.
2. Slimmed the body of the dress to fit the curves of my body.
3. Cut the top off at an angle to mimic the one-shoulder look.
4. When I cut off the top, I cut the zipper, so I had to remove the old zipper and replace it with a new one.
5. I slimmed down the arm hole so that I was able to place my arm sleeve in it perfectly.
6. I created a high-low look, so I hemmed the dress at two different lengths.
7. I had to add larger darts because the dress was originally made for a big breasted woman, which I am not.
8. Lastly, I just made a few small alterations to make the dress hug my body at the right spots.
To see the alterations I made to my shoes, click here: SHOES
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I hope to inspire you all to think outside the box when it comes to thrifting.  Comment below and tell me how you think I did?! I would love to hear from you. Btw, if you follow me on Instagram, you know how I came up with the title of this blog post. LOL! Thanks for stopping by!
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