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Tie-Dye Slip Dress for Summer to Fall Style

Published Date August 07, 2020

A slip dress is the perfect way to transition from summer to fall style. Wear it alone for an easy breezy look during the day, and with a denim jacket or cozy cardi at night when it gets cooler! Get set for the change in seasons with this easy tie-dye slip dress tutorial from Mikyla Creates.

What you need:

- Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit of choice

- Tulip Two-Minute Tie-Dye Containers

- White 100% cotton slip dress

- Disposable plastic surface cover

Wash dress before tie dyeing and leave damp

Wash dress before tie dyeing and leave damp

Make sure your dress has been washed (without fabric softener) before tie dyeing. You can leave it damp directly from the washing machine, or thoroughly dampen it under the faucet or a bucket of water before starting. Make sure to cover your work surface to protect it before mixing up your dyes!

Accordion pleat damp dress lengthwise

Accordion pleat damp dress lengthwise

Lay your damp dress out flat on your covered work surface and fold it in half lengthwise. Accordion pleat lengthwise from the side closest to you, all the way to the other side.

Secure pleated dress with rubber bands

Secure pleated dress with rubber bands

Once you’ve pleated the entire dress, secure it with rubber bands every few inches along the length.

Spritz with water to make sure dress is completely damp

Spritz with water to make sure dress is completely damp

If any parts of the dress have dried or feel less damp, spritz with water again to make sure the entire dress is completely damp. This is VERY important for when you microwave it in the Two Minute Tie-Dye Container because you don’t want to risk burning the dress.

Mix dyes with water according to instructions

Mix dyes with water according to instructions

Choose which dyes you want to use and mix them up with water according to instructions. Mikyla used two colors for this dress, but you can choose as many as you like!

Apply first color of dye along length of folds

Apply first color of dye along length of folds

Apply your first dye color along the folds of one side of the pleated dress, working your way down the entire length of the folds on the dress.

Apply next color of dye along length on the other side

Apply next color of dye along length on the other side

Rotate the pleated dress and apply your second dye color along the length of the folds on the other side. Another option, if you want horizontal sections of color, apply different dye colors to each section in between the rubber bands instead. It’s your tie-dye experience, so experiment and have fun with it!

Microwave in Two Minute Tie-Dye Container

Microwave in Two Minute Tie-Dye Container

Make sure the dress is still completely wet in all sections before placing into the Two Minute Tie-Dye Container. Spray any sections that have dried with extra water, then place the dress into the container and follow instructions for microwaving. Let the dye process, then launder according to instructions.

Tie-Dye Slip Dress for Fall Style

Tie-Dye Slip Dress for Fall Style

Now your tie-dye slip dress is ready to add some colorful fall style to your wardrobe!

Tulip Tie-Dye Slip Dress

Tulip Tie-Dye Slip Dress

Interested in different tie-dye patterns? Check out our techniques page and get inspired to put your own fashionable twist on fall styles this year.


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