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The lovely and creative Geneva of A Pair and a Spare contributed this amazing guest post for our blog!

 

Fishtail skirts have dominated the recent SS12 runways and are oh so sexy. What better way to jazz up a thrifted skirt than by creating your own fishtail style? Follow my steps below, it’s incredibly simple!

You need:

A thrifted skirt (I picked one with some subtle pleating)
A pair of scissors
needle and thread
an iron.

How to:

1. Put your skirt on and mark where you want the front, and shortest, part of the skirt to finish.

2. Take the skirt off and fold in it half down the front of the skirt – so rather than the back and front lying against each other, it’s the two sides that face each other – the way you might fold trousers before you put them on a coat hanger. Make sure the fold is directly in the middle of the front of the skirt.

3. Lay the skirt on the floor and cut out the front of the skirt – you want a straight line for the first 30cm or so to create the mini part of the skirt, then tapering down to the back and bottom of the skirt.

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4. Try the skirt on to see if the cut out is big enough. I did this a few times, cutting more away to suit what I wanted it to look like. It’s always best to take this part slowly and do small amounts at a time.

5. Once you have a cut out that you like, fold over the edge of the skirt about 1cm and iron. You may want to double over twice but my skirt was made out of a fabric that didn’t fray too badly so once was enough.

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6. Sew a small stitch all the way around the hem.

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7. Iron flat again.

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Voila! All done.

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Now wasn’t that simple? I absolutely love how this style moves around when you walk! Now that I’ve tested the process I’m going to make a few different coloured versions too.

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Amazing!! thank you so much Geneva!

For more DIY Fashion Inspiration visit her blog: A Pair and a Spare. Also be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category!

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I love you Jeff Tweedy.

Taylor -Oct 10, 2011, 6:02PM
i saw Jeff Tweedy atthe Philly Folk Fest last Summer! I was in the front row too! He was great!!! Www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
mel -Oct 10, 2011, 7:55AM
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Another fun Free People store event going on this weekend!  Our Farmington store is celebrating Columbus Day Weekend with a Fall Fashion event. Spend $150 or more and get a beautiful limited edition Shibori dyed Free People bag – And, register your bag number on the facebook page after the event for a chance to win a gift card!

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Free People Suburban Square is hosting a Fall Festival this weekend! Starting Friday at 3pm and ending Sunday at 5pm, they will have fun stuff going on all three days so if you’re in the area make sure you stop by!

Cape Wrath will be performing Friday Night, and Phil Hunt’s Photo Booth will be around Saturday with a custom-built Free People Photo Booth!

All weekend long, make your own friendship bracelets and dream catchers at their DIY Stations and enjoy yummy cupcakes from Cupcakes Gourmet!

And, don’t forget to enter their raffle for a chance to win one of the beautiful rope swirl tapestries from our store displays :)

Sounds like so much fun! RSVP on Facebook event page.

Haley -Oct 06, 2011, 7:51PM
THANKS SO MUCH :)
Taylor -Oct 06, 2011, 3:18PM
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One of my favorite moments ever from the show Planet Earth. It kills me every time!

hippiebohoreloaded -Oct 03, 2011, 11:34AM
this is really sooo cute! can't stop watching it :)
Anna -Oct 02, 2011, 8:45PM
Hi! So a bit of a random question for anyone who might know, but I absolutely ADORE Free People Clothing and have wanted to work with you for several years now. I am represented under a modeling agency in Kansas City, MO. however since my agent has never worked with FP before I am taking it upon myself to try and get information as to how to become a FP model.... I know you have specific agencies you work with but I was hoping there might be a contact I could get hold of for an audition? or perhaps open auditions somewhere???? I'm 5'9" and size 2 and quite frankly look a bit like some of your models haha. Does anyone know of who to contact for a FP modeling audition (Or who to have our agent contact if they haven't worked with FP in the past?) Thank you thank you thank you -Anna :)

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It’s midnight meaning it’s October calendar time!

Go to our flickr page to download the large size in regular or widescreen!

Natacha Duarte -Oct 06, 2011, 11:35AM
Thank you!!FP team!! its lovely :)
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Thank you!!FP team!! its lovely :)

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I was going through some of our store facebook pages the other day and saw this… it was almost too much cuteness to handle. And yes, her name is Sasha Fierce.

Have a fierce weekend!!!

martha -Oct 04, 2011, 5:35AM
awww
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Sasha Fierce is sooo adorable!!! What a cutie pie! Reminds me of my kitty Charlie!

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Calling all artists, fashion, and design junkies!! Do you love to create inviting atmospheres? Do you constantly add touches of detail to transform a space? Do you understand the Free People brand thoroughly and love the aesthetic, constantly trying to recreate it in your own world?

Free People is looking to hire a District Visual Manager for its Wholesale division to manage all aspects of merchandising for their specific region. The role requires a highly motivated, energetic, and organized individual, who can drive sales through creative ideas and analysis of what works.

Role & Responsibility:

Training and Development:

  • Educate and motivate sales associates, specialists and management in each store within the region about the product, sales goals and merchandising objectives
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  • Train associates on how to build multiple sales and use the directives as a guide for putting key looks together

Merchandising:

  • Merchandise the floor space to reflect the Free People Corporate image based on the current trend of the season
  • Communicate and establish effective relationships with visual managers, merchandise managers, selling managers and sales staff to create the Free People Image
  • Utilize and pass out visual lookbooks and directives to ensure our images are being recreated within the department store environment
  • Consistent communication with store management regarding floor space, numbers analysis, selling events and review of specialist performance

Selling Analysis:

  • Analyze and communicate weekly goals to each store of responsibility
  • Review allocations to your individual stores and communicate any issues
  • Submit competitive recaps and detailed weekly recaps
  • Conduct seminars with stores on a quarterly basis

Job Location

New York, NY US

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

For more info and to apply, click here.

B. in the Know -Oct 01, 2011, 12:47AM
This is thee dream job, well at least in my mind. Interior design meets fashion and includes relocating to NYC. This is worth submitting an application. Thank you so much for posting about this oppurtunity! Much love, B
Maria -Sep 28, 2011, 9:40PM
Do you hire Canadians with lots of experience!

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We had a fun visitor in the office last week – our creative director and art director met Ronen Verbit in New York and loved him so much they brought him down to our home office for a day! If you aren’t familiar with Ronen you should check out his videos – they are so clever and unique. Here’s one that we got a kick out of!

How To Cook Beef Stroganoff and Fight Off A Ninja from Ronen V on Vimeo.

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i've been having that same problem! it sucks because then i can't read free people at work because the actual blog takes too long to load on my slow computer there.. :(
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anyone else having problems with posts from this blog showing up in google reader? has the feed address changed? i hadn't seen any new posts in a week.

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Free People King of Prussia is dreaming of Fall!  Whether it is curling up in cozy oversized sweater while sipping cider, or strolling through the park in a sweeping pair of extreme vintage flares while leaves fall at your feet, we are so excited for the start of the season! To celebrate, this weekend we are giving away a hand-made dreamcatcher with a purchase of $300 or more, to help make all your dreams come true!

P.S. DIY Dreamcatchers.

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RSVP on their Facebook page and get a Free People gift bag at the door!

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Because we all need a laugh every once in a while…

I was stressed out a little while back and Jemma sent me this video… it did the trick.

amanda -Sep 20, 2011, 1:49AM
LOL. Hilarious. I love it!
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Awww, I love this :) Jemma you need to teach Daisy and Poppy!! ;)

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