Budget Fashionista: My Target, F21 and Walmart Finds

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Hi, luvs! I’m in such a good mood today and am having a great day.  I don’t always do OOTD posts because since I started this as a sewing blog, I sometimes forget that you guys might benefit from some of my great RTW finds too.  Now I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a bargain/budget shopper, however I do love a good deal, especially when it comes to clothes because as a seamstress, I just find it very difficult to pay full retail prices for things that I could simply make (if I had the time).   I do however buy a lot of basics because I don’t find it quite as fun sewing them.  If you don’t sew, or if you don’t want to sew every outfit, you still don’t have to break the bank to look pulled together.  I put this outfit together for $55 for everything other than the shoes.  The jeans are from F21, the basic turtleneck is from Wal-Mart (Tip: For a roomier fit, check out the men’s department for basic layering pieces like this.  There is usually a broader size range, and they are usually cheaper as they don’t generally price gouge men the way they do plus-size women) and this color-blocked moto jacked is a Target find from a year ago add my oldie but goodie Steve Madden booties and I was ready to go.

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Sweater Vest w/ Faux Fur Collar and Denim

I found this faux fur collared vest a few months ago at Forever 21 but it’s one of those peculiar pieces that demands just the right weather, not so cold that you need a jacket over it but not so warm that the collar will be to warm.  Today was that day.  It was great paired with my relaxed fit jeans and Steve Madden snow boots.  Now it NEVER snows where I live but it does rain from time to time and these boots keep my feet nice and warm.

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Here’s a close up of the boots.

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Simplicity 1062 and F21 Leather Trimmed Joggers

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love that I can sew? No? Sewing really is everything! It allows me to be creative, it allows me to have a never ending wardrobe AND allows me to fill in what I perceive to be the missing pieces in my wardrobe at will.  Such was the case with these Faux Leather trimmed joggers I found at Forever 21.

I knew I wanted a monochromatic look but didn’t have quite the right black shirt in my closet, so off I went to my fabric and pattern stashes (don’t even get me started on how much I love my stashes) and grabbed a nice black ponte knit and Simplicity 1062.

I love the high low style of  this top and the casual relaxed fit and thought it would pair perfectly with my pants.

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My Review: 

Pattern Description:  Easy to wear tops featuring hi-lo hemline with or without contrast bands.

Pattern Sizing: XXS-XXL all in one envelope

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are super easy. This is from their learn to sew collection so the were very basic.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the high-low style of the shirt as well as how easy it came together.

Fabric Used: Ponte knit from Fabricmartfabrics.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  N/A

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might if I needed a quick top in this style.

Conclusion:  Very easy, quick sew and works well as a wardrobe staple.

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Happy Fourth of July!!!!

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I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve posted.  I’ve sewn just a little but have been plenty busy with 5th grade dances and promotions, end of school, summer vacation travel planning and of course working hard.  I’ve sewn just a bit but hopefully will be able to squeeze in more this weekend.

I always like to dress for the 4th of July but I like to do it in ways that are subtle so while I am for sure rocking the Red, White and Blue, I broke it up a bit with this blue and white handkerchief hem dress from Forever 21 and of course you can’t go wrong with red Chuck Taylor’s.

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We’ll just be cooking and staying close to home.  I’ve been on the go so much this year, it’ll be nice just to slow it down and hang with my crew.  I hope you guys have a great and relaxing holiday and I promise I’ll be getting back to the lab to crank out a few pieces.

OOTD – Ruched Tunic and Leather Leggings

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The weather is definitely changing and I am trying to make a concerted effort to focus on building a Fall/Winter wardrobe that I love.  I scored these faux leather leggings at Forever 21.  F21 is a great place to try out the trends.  You can pick up pieces that you’d like to try out but don’t want to spend a lot of money on.  They also have a F21+ section that although it’s not where it should be is steadily getting better and there are even more plus options available online.  I also found this top online at Old Navy during a sale no less so I paid less that $20 for both pieces.  Now my shoes are by Via Spiga and although I did get them on sale too a few years ago, it was at a slightly different price point, LOL.

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Leggings (The Faux ones aren’t available anymore but I like these).  I don’t see my particular shirt but this one is similar and I like the color better.