How to Style a Basic Tee

T-shirts are a “must have” in everyone’s wardrobe.  They are extremely comfortable, they can be dressed up or down, and they’re pretty much a classic staple that can be worn years to come.
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pgsCollageSunnies: JCP// Tee: HERE// Blazer: Thrifted// Jeans: American Eagle// Purse: New York// Watch: TJ Maxx// Bracelet: Charlotte Russe// Heels: Target// Scarf: Forever21// Lipstick: MAC’s Ruby Woo

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leopardsmall2leopard3lepcollageEarrings: New York// T-Shirt: HERE// Skirt: DIY (Tutorial HERE)//Purse:  Charming Charlie// Heels: Target// Lipstick: NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice
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Tshirt: HERE// Sunnies: Charlotte Russe// Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Skirt: DIY (Similar tutorial HERE…Use the underlining to the skirt in this tutorial)// Jacket: Don’t Remember// Heels: JustFab// Clutch: DIY (similar tutorial HERE) Lipstick: NYX Lip Cream in Morocco

So ….SOUND OFF!!! Which look was your favorite? Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Special THANK YOU to Adrienne for collaborating with me. Such a ridiculously sweet person. Hope to do this again in the future!  XOXO)
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Oh Sew Chic!

Tulle Skirts have been on trend lately, so a sew along over on Pretty Girls Sew came in great timing.
pink1I made a total of 3 tulle skirts.  This one in particular has a more solid, poofy look instead of the more fluffy and voluminous skirt which I’ll post in a future blog post.  The reviews of the Simplicity tulle skirt pattern were terrible.  When I looked over the pattern myself, I could believe how confusing and the amount of unneccesary steps it would take to make a tulle skirt using that particular pattern.  So I wanted to experiment and make a few of my own.  So like I said, this is just one version that I made.  I paired it with a t-shirt that my brother, Joshua and I collaborated on.  This shirt will be available in the future over on Pretty Girls Sew.  So I provided a tutorial at the end of this post if you wanted to make this particular skirt.
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Tshirt: Pretty Girls Sew// Skirt: DIY// Shoes: Charlotte Russe// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// Lipstick: NYX Matte in Shocking Pink Rose Intense

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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.
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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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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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How To: Basic Zipper

So I’ve had quite a few requests on a tutorial on how to install a basic zippe, so it’s finally here.  I use them all the time for pencil, gathered, and lately my pleated skirts.  If inserted correctly, you will have a nice, perfectly fitted garment.  Zippers can intimidate those of us that are just beginning so the way that I choose to sew in my zippers in may help you.
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Here are some of the tools that I use to install my zippers.  You can purchase any of these items at your local fabric store.tape Seven colorful sewing pins on a white background zipper_foot2So here is the tutorial. THUMBS UP if you enjoyed it. Thanks. XOXO.


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Red-Lined

I absolutely love how sophisticated Olivia Pope’s coats are.  I wanted to make a coat that she would possibly wear but instead of the neutral palette that she sticks to, I wanted to make one in a fun, bright color.  Although, I made this coat about 2 weeks ago with my mother, Kim Kardashian was spotted wearing my color of choice.
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If you sew or shop for fabric you know that wool is quite expensive.  It’s almost better to buy a coat that’s already made.  But, hold your horses…I scored some beautiful mustard colored wool for only $5.99/ yd at Hancock Fabrics.  Can you believe it?
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I must also mention that I did not make this coat by myself.  My mother actually helped me a ton.  THANK YOU MOMMY!  I decided to start filming a new series called “Behind the Scenes” of things that I do behind the camera.  This was my first time sewing with my mother who has been sewing longer than I’ve been living. Surprising right?  She lives a bit far from me so sewing is the last thing on our minds when we get together. 1422623_744475725581982_21026249_n

So here’s the story behind the red lining. I chose red lining because it’s unexpected and it reminds me of the luxurious Christian Louboutin heels also known as “Red Bottoms.” 1459085_744064735623081_1038458442_n

I hope you guys enjoy the “Behind the Scenes” video on this coat.  We give you a review on the pattern; for beginners or advanced.  My mom also gives tips along the way when sewing this coat and so much more.  If you guys enjoy this new series, make it known and I’ll do more.  Thanks for stopping by. coat10coatCollagecoat6coat71coat5coatcoat8coat9Pattern Used: McCalls 6800
Neon Button Up: J. Crew
Pink Sweater: Old Navy
Jeggings: AMerican Eagle
Earrings: Charming Charlie
Nude Heels: Tj Maxx


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HFH Series: Mason Jar Gifts

Here is another Home for the Holidays gift idea.  Do you have a friend that has just learned how to sew or wants to learn to sew?  Why not fill a mason jar with all types of sewing notions that they will definitely use.  It’ll be extra special because it’s homemade, well thought out, and  the best part is that it’s inexpensive.
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Notions are always on sale at you local JoAnn Fabrics or Hancock Fabrics for 50%.  Look out for great deals and coupons during the Black Friday sales.  You’ll definitely score then. But anyhow here is the tutorial to put together the sewing kit.  Hope you all have a blessed week and Happy Holidays.

Mason jars are very versatile and you can fill them with all types of cute goodies for all of your friends.  Here are some other cute ideas you can fill you mason jars up with:
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High-Waist Pallazzo Pants

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.
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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.
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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.
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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


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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Summer flew by so quickly, but when it came to DIYing and making my own clothes, I learned so much and I had a ton of fun along the way. I have already started posting looks for my Fall wardrobe but before I continue on I wanted to look back on my favorite looks from the Summer of 2013.
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Fall is my all time favorite part of the year. So with that said, I decided that I was going to go all out this year for Fall. Be prepared for more amazing DIY Fall clothing items to add to your wardrobe, Fall Décor, and my favorite…Home Décor. So put your seatbelts on ladies and gentlemen because we are going to be busy this season.
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If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook (Link on the left column of my blog) and/or Instagram (cheapbutchic) so that you are able to get sneak peeks of DIY videos that I will be posting on my YouTube Channel every Tuesday. I have already posted what project we will doing this Tuesday, so who’s excited. I know I am! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you won’t miss out.

Also, have you checked out my online shop yet?  I have a ton of fashion accessories that will go great with your Fall wardrobe this year. I would love your support.  www.shopmyclozet.etsy.com or follow on IG (shopclozet)
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Alright guys, let’s say goodbye to Summer and let us welcome Fall.

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Thrifting Thursdays:BCBG

Thrifting Thursdays:BCBG

As most of you already know, I LOVE Thrifting.  You can find AMAZING things in the Thrift Store for dirt cheap and I love it. Today I would like everyone to post their favorite Thrift Store find.  It doesn’t matter when … Continue reading