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. Here is my inspiration: I love the way Ashley from FabEllis styled her sleeveless trench coat. 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. Here is my inspiration:
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. Here is my inspiration: So 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. Here is my inspiration: What 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.
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 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: A 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
Tulle Skirt: DIY