You may remember a bit more than a week ago when these shorts appeared in one of the Office Style posts. They are vintage by Steel Jeans, and quite of a few of you asked about them – I really liked them too! As you can see above, Courtney, the owner of the shorts, lent them to me for a day so that I could look them over and prepare to make my own pair! I did, and it was super easy! Here’s how I did it!
First I color-copied Courtney’s shorts, so that I could have a real-sized pattern of the patches on the front. It also really helped to have a guide for placement! I have posted the pictures I used on Flickr so you can use them too! Click on the picture, then original size to get the whole huge picture! Print them out and you have the patterns too!
Next I went home and picked out a pair of shorts I wanted to alter, and some pretty fabric for the patches!

You might notice that my fabric is very wrinkly! I highly recommend ironing any fabric you use for this project, but I don’t have an iron, so as for me, I just had to wing it! I folded the fabric I chose for the patches in half, and then drew an outline of one of the patterns on it. You could also use each pattern and draw each side separately.
My shorts are quite a bit bigger than Courtney’s, so I drew my outline out a bit from the outline of the pattern to compensate.
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Then I cut the patches out, and pinned them to the shorts! I used the color copy of Courtney’s shorts as a guide.
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Next, I sewed them down! I used a sewing machine for this part, but I think it would also be very easy to sew this by hand. With the sewing machine I had to be very careful not to sew down the pockets of my shorts!
Halfway finished!
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Ta Da! Finished!
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They turned out pretty good, right? I love them!
If any of you make shorts too, send us a picture of you wearing them at blog.freepeople@gmail.com! I would love to see how yours turn out!

Nastia -Jun 11, 2012, 5:47PM
It looks a little awks :P
ruthie -Jun 15, 2009, 9:48PM
i'm making a pair of these right now (soon as i get up). i'm going to put fabric on the back too! you'll get pictures soon.

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alice mccolm

Style Bubble posted these shots of Alice McColm‘s amazing collection from a recent show. All the pieces are so inspiring – I love the delicate knits, and the colors are just perfect! I searched for Alice McColm, hoping to find a designer site or some kind of information, but I came up with nothing! Do you guys know anything about this designer?

ronnie -Jun 09, 2009, 4:16PM
those shoes look like the FP peep toe shoes! ^^

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fashion cupcakes

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These fancy cupcakes were photographed by Therese Aldgard and styled by Lisa Edsalv. They were reportedly inspired by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and Betsey Johnson, but I couldn’t find any shots of the Betsey Johnson ones, rather I found the Agent Provocateur cupcakes on Lisa’s site. So perhaps my source had it mixed up! At any rate, I would love to have a print of one of these photos! The Chanel or Louboutin shots especially would spruce my apartment right up! After these and the fashion lollipops, I wonder what kind of fashion foods are next!
Via High Snobiety.

pruittfpgirl -Jun 10, 2009, 4:13PM
WOW! those are awesome! They might be my favorite ones! :) Thanks for showing me/finding them! xo p
amy -Jun 10, 2009, 3:41PM
I found the betsey johnson cupcakes. your source was right. hehe here is the link: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3357/3566406009_622bc01916.jpg

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headgear

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Style Bubble posted these amazing hats by Carianne Moore, and I love the pictures as much as the hats! I would never have an occasion to wear such a hat, if I ever got my hands on one. I’d wear it anyway though. The first one especially catches my eye – it’s like an outrageous harp crown.
Also, check out these funny hats I saw on Jezebel today! Too cute!
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Nichole Wong -Jun 08, 2009, 10:45AM
Super cute styles in the office! Love the details of the blue and black tank (in third picture). That guuuurls got style!
Sasha -Jun 08, 2009, 12:02AM
Ali and Free People! Thanks for sharing and making me feel jealous of your office "outfits". You look hot. You should see what I wear to work everyday. I have to look like a man to fit in at my job. Day One - Black Blazer, white collared shirt, black pants, black heels. Day Two - Black Blazer, Light Blue collared shirt, black pants, black heels. Day Three - you get the picture.

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We had another Free People spotting over at Perez Hilton – this time it’s Kelly Clarkson! I really like her! She seems like a real sweet woman. She is wearing our Poets Society Gauze Top in teal.
(FYI, this top is only sold online – it’s not in our stores.)

Ah! Kelly looks so cute, especially in the “say cheese” shot! Jessica is the designer who created this top, and when I showed her the Perez article she was so excited! She told me this is her “first celebrity”, as in the first time she’s had one of her designs worn by a celebrity! Too cute! Here’s Jessica below, being happy!
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Via Perez Hilton.

Natalie -Jun 05, 2009, 2:44PM
nothing about ph but jessica' s tight is so cute : )
Jen -Jun 04, 2009, 4:05PM
Yayyyyyy Im so glad i spotted this on perez and showed the facebook FP. Kelly is awesome and has the best voice!

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sailor chanel

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I’m really entranced by these pictures from the show for Chanel’s resort fashions. I keep coming back to them! The hairstyles seem to call back to the early 20th century, or at least, they do to me! Every time I look at them I’m reminded of the flappers, or even faintly of the Gibson Girls.
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A sweet flapper woman. Via.
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Some Gibson Girls. Via.
The clothes seem kind of inspired by these eras as well – is this just me? Do you guys see it too? What do you think?
I saw this gorgeous set on The Moldy Doily. (She always posts awesome pictures!) Head over there to see many more shots from this show!

Megan -Jun 04, 2009, 5:19PM
I love the reference of past recessions in fashion, so fitting
daylynn -Jun 04, 2009, 12:26PM
its like great gatsby meets titanic! so gorgeous

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lumigram clothing

Using fiber-optic technology, French company LumiGram has created a cloth that glows! It’s not glow-in-the-dark, rather it actually casts a soft light – each clothing item comes with a battery pack that will keep your clothes glowing for around 12 hours after each charge. Interesting, no? Check out all their styles here.
Via Jezebel.

Megan -Jun 03, 2009, 10:35AM
whoa!
bobite -Jun 03, 2009, 8:04AM
wahoo it is top!!

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These awesome pictures (from Getty Images) were taken at the L’Oreal Color Trophy Final 2009, which took place earlier today. I want to have fuzzy baubles in my hair very much now! It looks so pretty! The makeup is really cool too. See the whole slideshow here on Seattlepi.com.

pretty inspiration

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ScarlettCat found these gorgeous pictures on !?, which is a Tumblr just filled with inspirational fashion photography. A great find! Check it out if you enjoy fashion photos for sure!
P.S. I also just found ScarlettCat, (thanks to Penguin&Fish!) and I love her! Awesome!

nicole cupcakes -Jun 01, 2009, 11:47PM
i lvoe the 2nd and last picture best i wonder what type of camera free people should do a bow line

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new boys

The latest issue of Dazed has a cool piece on some of the newest models who walked the London catwalks this year. The pictures remind me of the work by Daniel Newman that I posted here a while back.

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Check out Dazed or Men’s Rag for more!

Kevin -Jun 01, 2009, 12:21PM
Love 'em!

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Meet our friend Brittaney! (And her fiancé Adam!)

Brittaney resides in Bellingham, Washington, and is one of the star item reviewers on our website! She reviews using the nickname mushroommoon, and is a total Free People girl, who loves to create and be outside!
She writes: I appreciate dark, earthy, grungy clothing with a fine feminine touch.
To our delight, Brittaney agreed to do a mini-interview with us and tell us a little more about herself! Read on…
So, what do you do for a living?
I am currently attending Western Washington University for a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art.
What do you like to do for fun?
When I’m not doing homework, I paint, cycle with my fiance Adam, roll around on the bed with our corgi Morton, obsessively read Marx, and garden. :)

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What music do you enjoy?
My favorite bands are Joy Division, New Order, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Can, and Nick Drake!
Who is your style star?
David Byrne and Siouxsie Sioux!
What inspires you?
Working on a project in studio with filthy hands and filthy clothes…
Describe your style in 3 words.
grunge, flowers, earthy
Name 3 wardrobe essentials for summer!
Flip Flops, flowers in my hair, and mismatched, bright accessories!
Some final thoughts to share?
I only shop at the local Food Co-op. I buy organic, grow my own food, and I never eat factory farmed meat. Environmentalism is very important to me.
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Yay! Thank you for sharing all this with us Brittaney! It’s been a pleasure!
If you would like to see all of Brittaney’s (a.k.a. mushroommoon’s) FP clothing reviews, click here! She has some helpful feedback!
Thanks again Brittaney!
xo

Marita -Jun 23, 2009, 10:25PM
you grow your own food and wear D&G. my hero.
mushroommoon -Jun 01, 2009, 5:52PM
I love you guys!

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