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A Dip Dye T Shirt

Posted by 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

-          Scissors

-          Dye

-          Salt

-          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.

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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. 

Blog post written by Hannah Elliman

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