A DIY blog post was post well overdue, and whilst packing up to move out my flat, I found a packet of ‘Burlesque Red’ hand dye in my DIY cupboard, it needed using, so it was DIY time once again.
I spent an entire evening dying what I could in order to use it all up. I used to it to tie dye a pair of white shorts, as well as a white vest top, and made some Galaxy leggings using an old pair of hot pink leggings I nearly threw out. But mainly I used the dye to to turn a brand new white dress into a red/purple ombre dress. Although I’ve previously done a Dip Dye/Ombre Clothing post, I wanted to do another especially for this dress because it’s possibly the best DIY item I’ve done. I was so chuffed with the result that I wore the dress to mine and Larzy’s leaving party.
I bought the dress off eBay for less than £7. I thought I had a ordered a short dress, and I originally wanted to do a tie dye mini dress. But I accidentally ordered a long-sleeved, mid-length dress. Annoyed with my purchase I hung the dress up andf left it there for weeks. Until I found my ‘Red Burlesque’ dye and decided an ombre dye may work better. Steps on how to achieve a dip dye on your new dress, can be found below.
YOUR DIY ESSENTIALS FOR THE CLOTHING DIP DYE:
· Your chosen item of clothing
· Rubber Gloves
· Large bowl or bucket
· Fabric Dye
· Hot Water
· 3 Tupperware’s/bowls/pots
When doing this, it is very important that you wear a pair of rubber gloves so not to get the dye on your skin! I lost mine, and didnt use them on this particular DIY project, and trust me I regretted it. I had purple hands for three days, not a good look. Depending on your skin type it can also be quite dangerous too.
10 STEPS TO DIP DYING:
1) Open the packet of dye and split into 3 piles of powder, putting each pile into one of your tupperware’s/bowls/pots. Try and make them even, but precision isnt really important, you can do it without any sort of measuring equipment. The plan is to start the dye off less, adding more between dips, eventually giving the item a dip dye ombre affect.
2) Soak your item of clothing in cold water and then wring out the water. You don’t want the item dripping wet, but you want it fairly damp through. So wring it out until it is no longer dripping.
3) Fill your bowl or bucket with the amount of water it recommends on the dye instructions, and note the recommended temperature too (mine said 40 degrees centigrade). These will vary depending on the dye you use, so make sure to check the instructions.
4) Add the recommended dose of salt to the water, as stated in the instructions (mine was 6 tablespoons) and stir with a wooden spoon, making sure to wear the gloves in case of splash back. Then add the first pile of the dry dye and stir well.
5) Now dip about 2/3’s of your item into the bowl, making sure not to get any dye on the parts of your item that you want to keep its original colour. It is crucial you keep the parts you want to stay the original colour well away from the dyed water! I put my item on a clothing hanger and it worked a treat, it made it much easier to dip without it getting messy. Hold your item in the water for a few minutes so the dye can take to the fabric.
6) Remove the item from the bowl and add the second pile of the dry dye and stir. Then submerge your item again, this time only dipping half of the item in. Again leave for a few minutes for the dye to take.
7) Remove the item from the bowl and add the final pile of dry dye and stir. And now do your final dip. This dip will come out the darkest, so I would recommend dipping at the most a quarter of the item. Leave for a few minutes as before.