Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dye job

I experimented with Rit Liquid Dye today.  I used the washer method (and the liquid dye) because I am lazy, and didn't want to sit around stirring the clothes for 30 minutes.  Also, I didn't have anything large enough to use as a vessel BUT the washer.  On to pictures!  Everything I did was originally white, except the Venezia Jeans dress from the other day.  I used purple because I love it and don't wear enough of it.  The color on these items is a little bit MORE purple than the pictures, because my camera kept adding a flash.

Original color of dress:
Sort of a sandy white beige.
And now:
The picture doesn't quite do it justice.  I think it came out the best, really.  Such a gorgeous purple.
Next up, we have a racer-back Mossimo tank.  I haven't ever worn this on the blog.  My mom brought it home, and I like it, but...I don't have a racer-back bra and it's fairly thin.  And thin + white = obvious bra.  Purple + thin is no big deal though...
I had bought a three-pack of men's Fruit of the Loom ribbed tank tops.  (Wife-beaters, y'all.)  I had been using them as under layers, and they work really well for that.  But since I had all these other things to dye...I did only dye two, so I would have a white one left. 

One has been chopped off a bit to work better with jeans, while the other stayed long to layer under deep v-neck wrap dresses.
And last of all, speaking of men's undershirts, I have one that I stole from my dad.  It's nice and big, it works great for exercising or wearing over pajama pants.  Frankly, I love it.  But my mom was NOT HAPPY that I was running around wearing a men's undershirt as a real shirt.  So, I dyed it purple.  And now it looks just like any other shirt!
[My dying method is exactly the one on the bottle.  Enough HOT water in the machine to cover the clothes, a cup of salt, and the dye.  Once the water is done running, add the clothes (already wet and unfolded or scrunched up) to the washer.  I let it agitate for 30 minutes, then rinse and spin.  Then I ran the clothes again (on warm) with detergent.  Then the clothes went into the dryer, and the washer got another run with loads of bleach and some more detergent.  Ta-da!]


  1. Wow - that is a gorgeous color! They turned out great!

  2. You know I love purple too! The clothes came out awesome :)