Summer has officially arrived (Hooray summer!), as if Lulu’s.com hasn’t scorched us already with it’s super hot and trendsetting Spring fashion line. I can’t even begin to tell you how much drooling I’ve done over Lulu’s Brokedown Sun, Sand, Washed Black Maxi Halter Dress, (along with it’s beige partner in crime here) which, even at a hefty price of $111.00, sold out in what felt like mere minutes.
Hence the inspiration behind my latest DIY project! Though I appreciate finer things in life, I consider my self fortunate to have discovered other avenues of shopping for trendy clothes at much friendlier prices, like Fashion Q, where I’ve purchased two black maxi dresses for $5.99 each!
Admittedly, I am an “Iron-On” virgin, and the reason behind the “two” dresses was that one would surely be discarded, but the Iron-On letters I purchased from Walmart.com came with goof-proof instructions, and I decided to treat you all to not only my step by step DIY, but also to a Summer Maxi Giveaway! Yay!
When I think of summer, I think of vacations, beaches, sunsets, boats, cocktails, surf, straw hats … Though Lulu’s dress can be very closely copied (yes, there are plenty of ‘distressed’ iron-on letters on various websites) I’ve decided to give the dress my own twist by adding my favorite phrases, in lieu of my favorite season — Hello Summer.
Things you will need for this fun and easy DIY project are things you already have in your home: scissors, towel, pillowcase, a very hot iron, and a little bit of patience.
First step is to lay the dress on a towel, cut out your letters and place them ‘face down’, so that the letters are touching the front of the dress material, while remaining covered with the translucent paper. Take the time to align them evenly.
Next, you need to heat up your iron to its highest setting, cover the words with a pillow case and get to work.
Iron the pillow case over the letters for about 5 minutes, making sure you thoroughly heat each word. The longer you iron, the easier the translucent paper peals off the letters when done 😉 Once you are done ironing on front side of dress through the pillow case, you will need to remove (and discard) the pillowcase, turn the dress over and iron the back side of the dress for about 3 more minutes. No pillow case needed for this task.When the 3 minutes are up, turn your project over and you may begin to remove the translucent film which covers all of your cut out letters. Be very careful, and take your time, as to not rip or distort your new lettering. The final project was one even my fabulously stylish chihuahua, Mr. Pretty Kitty, approves of. With it’s cool boho vibe, and fun, care free phrase, I paired my new Summer maxi with a few glam accessories, like guess Tutu Bow flip flops, fun hat, fringed bag, Katy Perry ‘Love Me‘ necklace / ‘Roar‘ bracelet, and I’m ready to welcome Summer!
Perfect for shopping, pool parties, or fun beach wear, this maxi is a great addition for almost any occasion. How fun would it be to ‘fringe’ the bottom half of this dress? Hmmm … maybe I save that for my next DIY …
This dresses’ fabulous counterpart is up for grabs! Leave a comment as to why you’d like to be the winner (either here on the blog, on our Instagram or our Facebook page), make sure you follow all three accounts, and you just might be the lucky fashionista to rock this one of a kind maxi dress this Summer, in fab style 😉
Winner will be announced July 1st on all three of our accounts. Best of luck!
And for those of you attempting this super easy DIY, I’d love to hear about your projects. Drop me a note letting me know how your DIYs turned out!