Ice Dye Sungown, 2016
This year's sundress has a full gathered skirt and criss cross straps in the back. "It's like a ball gown." Maya loves it and here are all the links you'll need to make one for your princess. For this dress, I love Organic Cotton Sateen from Organic Cotton Plus.
I cut it out first then ice-dyed it with Low Impact Fiber Reactive Dye in Baby Blue, Bahama Blue, Peacock Blue and Deep Space from Dharma Trading Company. I had to try the Ice-Dye technique after seeing an Anthropologie DIY. I scrunched and arranged my fabric pieces carefully with bodice at the top, skirt pieces long ways and straps laid out at the bottom. Applying the color from light to dark, I started at the bodice top with Baby Blue and ended at a the bottom of the skirt and straps with Deep Space.
Caution: The hardest thing about Ice-Dye is leaving it alone while it melts down. This is all about patience and I love the marbled effect we achieved here. It's a perfect dress for tomorrow's Riverfront picnic, fireworks and symphony orchestra. Happy Fourth of July!!!