Besides making tie-dye t-shirts as a kid, I hadn’t ever used dye as a means to “refresh” or update a piece of clothing. I was inspired by a video tutorial by Marisa from New Dress A Day to try it out this past weekend! By the way, if you aren’t familiar with New Dress A Day, hop on over there asap! Marisa is a DIY genius and has mad skills when it comes to making something gorgeous and wearable out of something frumpy and laughable.
In Marisa’s video tutorial, she transformed a white H&M dress with lace detail into a fun fuchsia number. It got me thinking about a white H&M top in my own closet which I like, but hardly wear. Before buying this shirt, I had worn white three times in my life: high school graduation, college graduation, and my wedding. I am ultra-pale, and it just isn’t a flattering color on me. I loved the lace detail on this shirt, so I bought it regardless. I have only worn it a few times, and it was looking a little dingy and sad hanging in my closet. Needless to say, this top was a perfect candidate for trying out the dye tutorial!
The color Petal Pink from RIT was my choice of dye. I used the washing machine method that Marissa suggested. I set my washing machine to a warm water setting, put the shirt in once the water filled up, and added the whole package of dye powder as soon as the shirt was totally wet. Since I wasn’t 100% sure how long the wash cycle of my washing machine was, I paused the washer once the dye was evenly mixed into the water to ensure ample soaking time in the dye. I resumed the wash cycle after about 15 minutes.
Once the cycle was complete, I ran the newly tinted shirt through the washer one more time on a cold water setting with a little detergent. This was just to ensure all traces of dye were washed out of both the garment and the washer itself. Here is the final result – a nice, even coloring! I was pleased that the dye didn’t “latch” to the lace detail. It provided a nice contrast.
Seeing the “before” and “after” photos side by side, I am quite happy with the result. Dying a garment is a simple transformation process which can breathe new life into something old or unused. I feel like I have a cute brand new shirt for spring!