DIY Copycat: Create This Free People Kimono for Half the Price
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — Free People, we love you, but your prices are sometimes too much for our wallets. (Check out all of our DIY copycats here!) We came across this Spell Jagger Kimono and were obsessed — the fringe and floral patterns are just perfect for summer. But with a $185 price tag — no thank you! We headed to our local fabric store and bought all the materials for about $75. (The knotted fringe was a huge part of the final price, so if you are looking to save on cost, go for a longer basic fringe.) Layer this kimono on top of a summer sundress and get ready to hit the town.
Materials + Tools:
— 40 x 80-inch rectangle of a light weight fabric
— 1 1/2 yards of fringe
— sewing machine
— fabric scissors
— sewing pins
— marking chalk
— measuring tape
1. Fold the rectangle in half to create a 40 x 40-inch square. With the fold at the top, measure and mark six inches from either side and 27 inches from the bottom. Cut on your marked lines.
2. Pin and sew the cut edges.
3. Cut up the center of the top layer of your garment until you reach the fold.
4. Fold the garment in half so the side seams match up and cut the bottom edge on a diagonal.
5. Hem the sleeves and opening of the garment.
6. Pin and sew the fringe on the bottom edge of the garment.
Fold the fabric in half (good sides facing inward) to create a 40 x 40-inch square. With the fold on the top, measure in six inches from the right- and left-hand sides and 27 inches up from the bottom. Mark these upside down L shapes with chalk and then cut out.
Pin the L edges in place and then sew.
Cut up the center of the top layer of the garment until you reach the fold.
Refold the piece so the seams line up. Cut the bottom edge on a diagonal to create a handkerchief edge.
Hem all raw edges of the garment — sleeves and front opening.
Pin the fringe to the bottom edge of the kimono. When you get to the point, fold the top edge of the fringe over to create a point.
Sew fringe in place.
Free People knock off FTW!
We took to the streets in our new kimono and favorite DIY sandals!
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.