DIY Tie Dye

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I love a bit of tie dye, don't you? One might associate tie dye with hippie's and travelers of the 60's and 70's, frequenting festivals in their multi coloured threads.

Image c/o hlthom4

With a subtle choice of colour however, tie dye may be considered more on the bohemian side than hippie, and as Sarah Michelle Gellar shows us at the recent 2012 Golden Globes, tie dye can be glamorous too.

Sarah Michelle Gellar at Golden Globes

image c/o LATimes

Fergie in tie dye jeans

image c/o 949styleguide

Would you care for a little tie dye yourself? You could purchase tie dye clothing retail...

Vintage Tie Dye Tee $74 from Free People

...but you'd be better off with a DIY tie dye experiment, using existing garments from your wardrobe or finding some thrifty clothing pieces to play with.

On my recent visit to the trash and treasure market, I picked up a lightweight cotton top for a $1, stained on the front, perfect for tie dye.

This is not my first dye attempt, and I still have Teal RIT dye left over.

I scrunched up my top into a ball, used t-shirt yarn* to hold in place

*t-shirt yarn is made from old t-shirts, I have a heap of it around the house and use it in replace of elastic bands, there is a how-to tutorial here

Dunk in boiled hot water and RIT dye, and leave for a few hours.

Rinse out till the water runs clear, and I left my top to dry in the hot sun

*lost my head today, my face wasn't agreeing with the camera ;)

What do you think readers, should tie dye be left in the 60's? Do you like or dislike subtle shades of tie dyed clothing as seen in recent years?



Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog said...

I love tie dye! I haven't had a go a tie dying for years.

Unknown said...

No way dying should be left in 60s! I use it for upcycling, there is so many quality clothes throwed away just because of one stain or discolouring... I love it, especially the variety of uses and patterns one can make. I love the first pics - wouldn't mind to be there now! :)
Good reading, Erica, thanks!

I Love To Op Shop said...

I have about four things that I can't donate because of stains (that I missed when I bought them second hand!!) I think tie dye may be the answer. Where's the best place to buy RIT?

Unknown said...

@I Love To Op Shop Spotlight sell RIT Dye!

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Great job! I love that you bought a blouse with a small stain on it to save it with tie-dye. The outcome is super.

Kat said...

Awesome!! I love it! Thanks for the tutorial, I always thought tie dying was hard, but you've proven me wrong!

Sleekit said...

I have several tie dye pieces in my wardrobe, keep I say!

Sleekit x

Anonymous said...

Tie dying is always a bit of an adventure, as you can't predict the exact outcome. I've always enjoyed the look of it and think it will always have a place in the fashion world.

Stacey said...

I love tie dye! I actually have a pair of tie dye jeans (like Fergie's) floating around somewhere that I haven't worn in ages. This reminds me that I need to wear them more!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Wow what a beautiful shade of blue Erica!!! You have done a glorious job of making a so-so old top into a real knock-out! (I'm wearing my blue kimono from you as I type this - in fact, I practically LIVE in it!) xoxo

Lavender said...

Great way to use a stained shirt! Subtle tie dye can look great. I still shy away from it because people think I'm a hippy because of my name already! But I love dyeing overall, and def ombre effects :)

Lavender said...

Great use of a stained shirt! Subtle tie dye can be fab. I tend to stay away from it, as people already think I'm a hippy because of my name. But I love an overall dye or ombre effect!

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