I found this rather large maxi-skirt at a thrift store for just $1.
|Before: African-patterned maxi-skirt|
Here's an up-close shot of the pattern:
Some of you may not know that I actually teach an African-style dance class, so this skirt was right up my alley. For more info on my class, check out the details at the end of this post : )
This was a super simple remake, and like I said before, all I needed was a pair of scissors, some ribbon, and a bead.
First, I cut 4 small holes evenly on both sides of the center at the top hem of the skirt.
|Cut 4 holes|
Next, I measured out 2 long strips of brown ribbon a little over 8 feet each (could be shorter, but not much shorter).
|16 feet of brown ribbon|
I grabbed a random round bead and attached it to the end of one of the ribbons (it can be sewn, tied, etc). Then I pushed the bead-attached ribbon through the hole on the right side closest to the center.
|Push the bead through the hole|
I worked the bead around the entire hem of the skirt and pulled it out of the hole furthest to the left. I did the same thing with the second ribbon beginning in the center left hole and exiting the far right hole. It helped that I could feel the bead through the fabric because it would have been much harder to string the ribbon around a thin hem by itself.
|Pull the bead out of the hole|
Once I had strung the ribbons through the hem, I cut off the bead and made sure the ribbons were equal length.
|Four strands of ribbon|
I grabbed the 2 ribbons on each side and gave them a tug to use like a drawstring around the hem.
That was it. Scissors, ribbon, and a bead.
Here's how it looked before:
|Before: Large African-style maxi-skirt|
Paired with a thick belt and my wooden-beaded necklace, I'm ready to get my African Groove on!
|After: African-style halter dress|
|After: From behind|
The key here was really the cinching at the waist. I would have preferred to pair it with a brown braided or wooden belt, but I didn't have one.
What's awesome is if you aren't feeling the pattern on this one, you can use these simple steps to make any maxi skirt into a halter dress! And with no sewing!
With an African-themed remake, I'll take this opportunity to plug my dance class. It's called African Groove and is an exercise-based dance class aimed at getting your heart rate up and working up a sweat with various African-style moves and tunes. Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome! I teach every Saturday from 12-1pm in Pasadena, CA. Check the website for directions and pricing information.
(**DEAL ALERT!: The studio has an unlimited classes monthly pass available right now on LivingSocial for only $62! That's a $125 value! Click here for this great deal!**)
I'd love to see you in my class!
Until next time, blessings.