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Tie-dye DIY: Steal this dress in 30 minutes

Designer regory Parkinson’s tie-dye shirt dresses aren’t the Grateful Dead T-shirts of the past. The polished pieces can be made at home in 30 minutes or less. A single-process dress, center, takes 15 minutes. Double process, left and right, takes 30.

Click ahead for a step-by-step tour of the process. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Designer Gregory Parkinson folds a shirtdress (H&M, $24.90) that will be tie-dyed. The shirt, which started out white, has already been dyed pink — the lighter of the two colors selected for this particular design. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Parkinson ties the strips of muslin fabric that lend the dress its “stripes.” (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Strips must be looped, tied and knotted as tightly as possible “so the dye doesn’t penetrate,” the designer says. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
The making of a horizontally striped pattern — but the formula isn’t set in stone. Playful experimentation will yield different results. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Tie and tie again. Parkinson uses all his might when looping and tying. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
The designer pours dye into a pot of boiling water. “For a bold look, pick two very contrasting colors,” he advises. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Parkinson dunks the dress and stirs for one minute to achieve a rich color. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Extra dye is rinsed away. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Excess water is removed and strips are untied. “Luckily,” Parkinson says, “I’ve got strong wringing hands.” (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
“Tie-dye comes around like a comet,” says the artist, showing off his double-processed, 30-minute masterpiece. “But it really never goes away.” (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)