Turn 3 Old Skirts into 1 Festival-Ready Maxi Dress
How many times have you entered your closet and realized you have nothing to wear? Well, if you’re like us that happens about every morning. The solution to this problem is 1. Win the lottery and buy a new outfit every day or 2. Change it up with some simple DIYs! This summer dress DIY calls for one skirt from your closet and two more from H&M. For under $10 you’ll have a brand new summer maxi for all of your festival needs.
– three bodycon skirts in ascending sizes
– sewing machine
1. Cut the bottom band off of the smallest skirt and the top band off of the two larger skirts.
2. Pin the skirts together in increasing size – small, medium, and large on the bottom.
3. Sew the skirts together!
Guess what – these three skirts cost us a total of $11 at H&M.
This DIY calls for a trip to your closet and to the store. You are going to want to choose three consecutive skirts sizes to construct this dress. It will depend on your body type, but to give you an idea we took a skirt (of the size we would normally wear) from our closet for the middle panel, and then bought a size smaller for the top and one size larger for the bottom panel. Cut off the bottom band of your smallest skirt and the top band of your two larger skirts.
Pin the bottom of the smallest skirt to the top of the middle sized skirt.
Sew the skirts together. Make sure you don’t sew both sides.
Pin the bottom of the middle skirt to the top of the largest skirt, then sew.
Strapless maxi FTW!
We styled this dress for the stripes to hit at her hips. The stretchy nature of the dress allows you to pull and style it all different ways.
Depending on your height you will need to hem to the appropriate length. We chose to hem these maxis to hit the middle of our calves.
In our eyes, a black and white patterned outfits will always call for a bright colored statement necklace.
These girls are definitely ready for festival season.
When in doubt – be silly! These pictures call for a flip-book.
NYFW Models out on the town.
Whoops – snuck myself in there!
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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