Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Do or DYE.

Yesterday I found this really rad bolero on one of my thrifting sprees. It reminded me of the Balmain styles that are ever so stylish at the moment! I love the sequin epaulets, however, I wasn't so psyched on the color. So, I decided to tech it down to a grayish lavender color. I thought I would document the process, because dyeing is one of my favorite things to do!! I put my niece to work photographing the process.

I used black Rit dye, and because the fabric on this jacket is synthetic, it did not take on a really dark color. The process is so simple it's silly. However, you have to make sure you take the proper steps to get an even dye job (unless you're into a tie dye effect;). First you want to add steaming hot water along with a cup of salt. Pour your dye into the tub or bucket, and carefully submerge your garment. Make sure to wear gloves, and move the piece around to ensure an even dye. continue this process for 10 to 20 minutes depending on how deep you want the color.

Finally, drain your dye water then set the color by pouring cold water onto the garment, until water runs clear. Voila, you have your dyed garment.

I was really psyched that the sequins dyed as well!!!

photos by Malia Geaheart


Baybay Mama said...

I never dye anything. This turned out so awesome. I personally don't wear white so I am more in tune when someone is wearing darker colors. Two thumbs up! Happy belated bday:)

loveroffashion said...

Thanks darlin! Dyeing is pretty rad, I love the process of almost immediate change!

nycrun said...

i did that once with my clothes and it came out very nice but it is a multi step process

loveroffashion said...

Most definitely!

Ruhvana and Flanelli said...

Dyeing clothes is so good. You can easily dye something you don't wear anymore becouse of the colour and then you can't stop wearing it. This is something that hapens to me when I dye my clothes.