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