9.6.12

DIY: Dip-Dye

DIY?!

This was my first time at dip-dying clothes and my first tutorial so bear with me. I tried to dye a polyester blouse I had bought from the Zara sale yet had to learn the hard way that because it was 100% polyester and that polyester is a man made fibre [durgh chemistry revision] it doesn't actually dye! So I quickly ran to find another top I had wanted to spruce up and voila!
Heres just a standard tutorial on how to dye a top, for my button up shirt I did the same but with it hanging upside down instead. When I wore it out my friends loved it and now want me to dip dye all their clothes! 

Hope this is helpful and you can learn from my mistakes :)


You will need:
- The clothing you wish to dip dye
- Dye 
- Salt 
- Bucket
- A hanger 

How to:

1. Dampen your garment - you want it to be damp but not dripping. This helps it take on the dye evenly. 


2. Open your packet of dye and separate it evenly into a few different containers. 






3. To start, only put one of the measures of dye into the water, mixing according to the instructions on the packet. This will be the least concentrated to do the first immersion. Most dyes recommend using warm water and salt to set the dye. 





5. Put your garment on a hanger so it hangs evenly and dip it into the dye. The first time you dip it will be the deepest, and aim to stop roughly 2 thirds of the way up the top (adjust this to your preferences)





 6. Take the top out (hover it over a bucket to avoid spillages) and add another container of dye to the bucket and mix up. Dip the top again, this time only about 2 thirds of the depth of the first time. 


7. Add the final container of dye. Dip only the bottom few inches of the top into the dye at its most concentrated. You can even let it sit in the dye for a little while to take on more colour. 



8. Once you think it is dark enough, wash it out in a sink, making sure that no dye gets onto the top of the top. 

9. Leave the top to dry hanging over a bucket. The colour will lighten a bit once dry so you can keep the dye in the bucket so that if it dries and you find that find that it isn't dark enough you can dip once again. 







Quick snippets of the top before I headed out


inspiration: a pair and a spare 

xx
rhea 

70 comments:

  1. I love this! What a great idea :)

    - Victoria
    www.Vickkitas.blogspot.se

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  2. Wauw this is so cool! I want to try but I think I'll spill the paint everywhere :) But the result looks so great, omg!

    xxx

    lifeisroyalty.blogspot.com

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  3. Nice blog, I love dip dyed stop I did it to my leavers hoddie, with bleach it looked relay rad
    xoxo
    Sasha
    http://bubblingupinblue.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I love your DIY! :) and your whole blog is great as well.

    xx
    http://guabk.blogspot.fi/

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  5. Love it ! this is your first DIY and you nailed it !
    mind following each other ?

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  6. I love DIYS! This one is amazing! I want to try it! :) btw I looove your blog!

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  7. WOW! this shirt looks soooo beautiful! i totally love it :)
    I viewed some posts and I really like your blog :) I'm your fan now :) If you want check out mine and follow me back :) lot of lovee xoxo

    E, http://letsdothecatwalkladies.blogspot.com

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  8. This looks lovely! :)

    Great tutorial - I'll be checking back for your post if I decide to give this a go myself xx

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  9. Will definately be trying this out soon! :D

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  10. It looks amazing! so going to try this soon! thanks for stopping by my blog,yours is lovely :)

    Monyka
    xx

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  11. love this diy - really liking simple but beautiful pieces like this at the moment

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  12. Wow it looks amazing!!!
    Please check out my blog too at Miss Tangerine :)

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  13. Oh wow, this turned out fantastic! It looks great :) x

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  14. Great work! compliments!

    http://themadcreationist.blogspot.it/

    KISSES FROM ITALY

    GIUSEPPE

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  15. I've been wanting to dip-dye something for ages, you did a great job, I might give it a try! x

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  16. Oh my God! Compliments for this work! Is amazing!
    Thanks for your lovely comment on our blog!
    If you want to follow us reciprocate!
    Kiss kiss from Italy:)

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  17. The result is amazing! Love the purple...

    Love,
    Davina

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  18. I've been meaning to do this one for a while! :D It's so simple. Yours came out lovely.

    Note to self: don't use polyester! Lol


    Yasmeen
    Castle Fashion

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  19. Woeh it looks really good ♥

    Sabrina

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  20. Wow, well done, that's really amazing. It looks like a proper posh dye job! So impressed

    K x

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  21. Thank you so so much for your lovely comment. Hope you follow me and keep visit me.

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    xo
    Vanessa

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  22. That turned out great!

    http://j-jae.blogspot.com/

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  23. o wow xxx such a cool idea xxx the final effect looks great!!! and all set!

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  24. What a great DIY! I really like the results! I'm definitely going to have to try this!

    <3 Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

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  25. such a great diy , thanks for sharing !

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  26. nice blog!:)
    let's follow each other?

    http://julliettka.blogspot.com/

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  27. It worked so well! I'm always scared to DIY something myself haha but I'm tempted to try this!xx

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  28. that is so cool, great job!
    alwayssaygrace.com

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  29. omg, it's amazing! love it and I'm definitely going to try! :)
    I've just found your blog, it's great! hope you can visit mine too and if you want to follow, it will be a pleasure to follow you back! just let me know ♥

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  30. It came out very pretty!!

    xx

    http://chirpofmind.blogspot.com

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  31. Nice post! Love the result of the shirt! :)
    Would you like to follow each other?
    http://mylifelamiavitamivida.blogspot.gr/

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  32. Oh my gosh I love this! I have been scared to try making my own dip dye shirt but maybe i`ll give it a try this week. Love your blog and I am your newest follower. xo

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  33. i absolutely love the outcome it doesnt even look like it's been made a home its actually lovely! I'm definitely trying this out , thank you hahah !
    Wanted to say i love your blog im so happy i found it :) xo

    joellehannaaa.blogspot.com

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  34. it looks lovely - great DIY

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  35. Love this Diy! This trend is so in right now
    M

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  36. following you now :)
    wish you the best! amazing blog!

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  37. i love this top! wish i could be as creative! x

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  38. it turned out so amazing! I am really impressed!
    xx,
    Izumi
    HYBRID HUNTER

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  39. really loving this! i've been meaning to tie-dye some pants! xx

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  40. How funny! My post today featured my DIY dip dye. It definitely did not turn out as good as yours!

    Great joB!

    Xo

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  41. This looks great! I love the color purple. =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  42. oh this is fabulous I just love it!

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  43. It looks amazing !!!
    Great idea !!! I have to try :)

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  44. Stunning blouse!!
    Great blog you have, check mine if you like.

    http://justdailythings.blogspot.com

    xx

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  45. OMG! love your shirt, great DIY! :)
    XOXO

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  46. Wow this looks so great. Need to try that asap! xx

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  47. oh my gosh love this! will have to try : )

    xo SideSmile,
    Ashley

    SideSmile Style Blog

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  48. love the ombre d.i.y looks so good on x

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  49. omg your top came out amazing, i have to try this! i love the way you have styled the final outfit. defiantly following :) x

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  50. I really loved it! I have to try :)

    http://petitsmorceauxdemoi.blogspot.pt/

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  51. That looks gorgeous, love the colour :) x

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  52. Your Dip-dye top looks amazing!
    I'm going to try this now, you've given me confidence to do so :)

    Lovely blog!
    Followed you :)

    Thank you for visiting my blog also!!!

    xoxo
    Chloe Polo

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  53. I def have to try this out with one of my top :) lovely DIY,

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  54. that turned out great. your top looks so good!!!

    http://jenalyenns.blogspot.ca/

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  55. This came out great! Love your blog...I am glad I found it :)

    -Lauren

    http://adornlafemme.blogspot.com/

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  56. I really really want this top! I think I am going to have to try dip dyeing!! xx

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  57. Love the dip dye trend, and that top is so beautiful!

    Caroline
    http://fashionmefashionyou.blogspot.be/

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  58. Great job! Love the top :)
    theurbanfashiongal.com

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  59. turned out great..definitely trying this out xoxo

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  60. Love your ombre dip dye too, will definitely be trying with a shirt :)

    Mimi x

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  61. That is awesome, it looks SO good. Bravo xx

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  62. great posts!! Looks great!
    Nathalie
    http://curls-and-bags.blogspot.com (giveaway online!)

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  63. verrry nice! i wanna try this!

    www.kart00nista.com

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  64. This is a really great post! Definitely bookmarking

    Visit my blog?? colored--shadows.blogspot.com

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  65. Ahhhh thank you for this, I am gonna do this to a jumper and at least I have something to refer to now!

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  66. Woaw it look really good but i'm to scared for doing this ^^

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