Happy Warm Sunshine Dress

Chickie W.U.
by Chickie W.U.
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Hello Readers. I can't believe it is August already but here we are in the heat of late summer. August makes me think of sunshine and warm happy days. That is my theme this month, Happy Warm Sunshine! I found this plain white linen dress at a swap and knew it was a perfect blank canvas for a refashion.

Before and after.

Linen is so light and breathable in the heat of summer. I knew this dress would be comfortable. It's perfect for August. This dress fit pretty well. linen doesn't stretch so it couldn't be too fitted. Some cons for this dress were that I thought it was a little long on me and I thought the white was a little boring. I can fix both of those things, let's go.

I cooked up some yellow dye on my stove. I used the directions on the bottle. (Rit dye to be precise. This is not an ad. They do not know me. I wish they did though, I love them.) I did not want to dye the whole dress. I wanted to dip and hang the dress so it had variation in the color. I did not dye the shoulders at all. I put the dress on a hanger and hung the hanger on my microwave.

I waited about 10 minutes and moved the dress up. Then I waited 10 minutes and moved the dress up again. 

I have a cabinet above the microwave and I used that to hang the dress at the end of this dye process. You can see the dress has some uneven shades of yellow. (That's OK. I like it. If you want very even color form the dye you need to stir the dye and the garment continuously.) When I was done I rinsed the dress well and gave it a quick wash and dry.

I shortened the dress by cutting 6 inches off. I measured it to make sure it was even.

This is a quick over view video of the hem and the cotton lining underneath the dress.

This dress was much better a bit shorter, it just needed a sunny day to go out.

 I tried to match my son, go to church and take a picture. All in one morning. It was a lot but I managed to do it all. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.


Suggested materials:
  • Linen Dress   (Clothes Swap)
  • Rit Dye   (Craft Store)
  • Big Container for Dye Bath   (On-hand)

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  • Darlene Bartos Darlene Bartos on Aug 11, 2022

    Soooo inspiring! Love what you did to the stress it looks fabulous so much better than the plain white! I’ve never used RIT but I would like to know that I’ve seen you do this.

    great job…. Love how you raised the hanger w your microwave. So clever! Keep up the great work!

  • Jan16231161 Jan16231161 on Aug 13, 2022

    Hello, I love the process and colour but linen is way too wrinkly!

    Love from Canada