A Dip Dye T Shirt
Hannah Elliman fashion blogger
23rd May 2015
With the 70's trend set to stay around for a good ol' while I began to think about how I could DIY some of my old and less loved clothes to fit in with the era of all things flower power.
Rather than delve head first into multi-coloured tie-dye I decided ease myself in gently - but by the end of the summer I hope to be a fully-fledged punk rocker with flowers in my hair.
- An old t-shirt
- Clothes hanger
- Washing-up bowl
- Decorative trim (optional)
-Cut the t-shirt to your desired length. You can also roll up the sleeves and used a few small stitches to hold them in place to give the t-shirt a laid back look.
-Follow the instructions on the packet of dye. This involves mixing the dye with water and salt.
-Rather than submerging the whole t-shirt and leaving it in the dye (as you would if you were dying the t-shirt one colour), hang the t-shirt on your clothes hanger.
-Hold the hanger and dip the bottom of the t-shirt in the dye for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes lower the hanger, dipping slightly more of the t-shirt into the dye. Hold for a further 10 minutes. Continue until you get to the underarm of the t-shirt.
-The instructions on the dye then instruct you to rinse the dyed fabric. Rather than rinsing the t-shirt as you usually would, keep the t-shirt on the hanger and pour the water downwards to rinse and remove excess dye. This is to ensure the dye doesn't run onto the top (un-dyed) section of the t-shirt.
-Hang out to dry.
-Once the t-shirt is dry you could either leave it there or get creative with trims. This is the fun part!
So, there you have it - an easy and fun way to ease yourself into the 70's trend.
Have a look on the Oxfam Online Shop for some 70's inspiration and or pop into you Local Oxfam Shop and see what great pieces you can find.