watercolor printed outfits

Remake: Springtime Watercolor Skirt

Springtime is officially here and I've been SO inspired by watercolor prints as of late. I've been seeing all kinds of gorgeous dresses in stores...

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(from L-R, Rhyme Los Angeles $98, Isaac Mizrahi $138.50, Kay Unger $700)

...that I wanted to create my own version!

I started out with a white skirt (it's a fab white cotton Gap one) that I picked up at Goodwill...

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...and got together my dyes in multiple shades of springtime colors! Before adding dye to the skirt, I wet it completely to help the dye bleed into the piece in a natural way, à la watercolor paints.

I diluted the shades in cups of water...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

...and got to painting! I started off with the lighter colors, painting them on with a sponge brush, letting them bleed and blend into each other.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

I continued with some green (to give an essence of leaves) and violet (for a flower effect) before letting the piece completely dry.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

I gathered my accessories along with my DIY'ed skirt to create the perfect Easter ensemble!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

The sunnies are Forever 21 (these are similar) and necklace is by Honey Rose & K, this really cool line of vintage repurposed jewelry. It was made from a pair of vintage earrings, repurposed into a necklace using a beaded tassel and chain! How genius to take earrings and turn them into something that looks like this? Sidenote, they're actually having a 30% off sale on Tuesday between 3-7pm if you want to score some new pieces -  I need to start looking at all the vintage jewelry that I have and get to brainstorming!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

It was 80 degrees where I was, so all this skirt needed was a tank and some sandals!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

I totally feel like this has a rainbow sherbet palette and should be scooped onto a cone!  (Mmmm, cone!!!!!)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

It's really such an easy project that even kids can get involved with! Just let them go paint-wild!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

I love that my new skirt puts me in such a happy mood. Nothing like bright colors, warm sun, and some good Easter company to bring a smile to my face!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Watercolor Dye Skirt - GAP skirt

 

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!

(For those wanting a bit more detail of the dye process steps, head on over HERE to the Rit Studio to see a full rundown of the dye process.)