Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Fashion Fix: Ombre Dip Dye Shirt

Photo Amanda Thomas
Hair, Clothes, Pets…everyone's had a bit of the ombre treatment this year. But I'm not bored of it and it is so so simple that I don't think we should be paying out for dip dyed results. Here's how to do it yourself! AND how about adding a bit of glitter to the mix to take it through to Autumn/Winter? Don't say I don't do anything for you!

You will need:
  • 100% cotton garmet
  • hand wash dye (we used Dylon flamingo pink)
  • Table salt (check dye packet for amount)
  • sink/bucket
  • coat hanger
  • spray on glitter

How to do it:
    1. wash your shirt and leave it wet.
    2. mix up your dye solution according to the packet’s instructions.
    3. put the shirt onto a coat hanger and dip it into the dye as far up as you want colour
    4. Leave it for 3 minutes then pull the shirt up by 5cm out of the dye, hold in place for 10 minutes. Continue to pull the shirt up by a further 5cm out of the dye and hold in place for another ten minutes. Repeat this process until you reach the bottom most section that you want the darkest hue. (avoid any harsh dye lines by dunking the shirt to the upper most dyed point from time to time and holding there for a few seconds, this will help blend the sections into a gradual fade.) Leave the section you want dyed the darkest in the dye for 45 minutes.
    5. Once you are happy with the effect, thoroughly rinse the garment and hang out to dry.
    6. For added sparkle, spray the dyed section of the garment with glitter spray.

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