This (sold out) All Saints tunic dress belongs to my girlfriend. She made a DIY version too but ended up buying this original All Saints version. I LOVE it. The slouch, the pattern. The lot. Did NOT like that it’s now sold out.
That’s it – time to make my own sodding version…
1. Get a long t-shirt/tunic. I got this from H&M basics for $12. This is a size S used for testing but I ended up using an L for the final version.
2. Lay one side of the tunic on the edge of your bath tub. Using the bleach nozzle, squirt long lines of gel bleach along the sides. The gel is more precise for squirting than a watery liquid bleach.
3. Within a few minutes you’ll see the bleached areas. Switch to other side of tunic and the back. Be careful to NOT get bleach in the center of the tunic. Add less than you think since bleach bleeds.
4. As it dries you’ll see the areas you bleached show through even stronger. It goes red first before getting ligher. It’s like watching flipping magic. At this point add a little more in certain areas if you want.
5. Leave it to hang to see how it looks (lay down plastic or kitchen towel squares on the floor to catch drips). After a few hours wash it in water to take out the bleach and re-hang to dry.
6. Once dry, use a chalk marker or pins to mark where you want to cut out the asymmetric hem (higher in front).
7. Cut lower than you think and try on, that way you can cut higher and higher till it’s how you want it. As you can see I’m not precise with how I cut but that’s part of the finished appeal to me anyway.
8. The finished result: your own DIY All Saints dress. Add sandals or old boots and bob’s your uncle! Practice your smug face when asked WDUGT that dress from.
Note: I un-cuffed the stitched sleeves on the tunic so they are longer on the arm like the All Saints version (see pics #1 & #2 of sleeves).
A size XL is better for maximum slouch factor but bleach relaxes fabric so this’ll work for now.
Experiment with bleaching different tunic colours. Imagine if this tunic was dark red instead of black?