You've seen me dolling up my vintage dress form. So of course Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday for displaying the tie dye fashion I've been creating!
My husband and I rescued this retro cabinet to refinish. While we had it outside, I decided to do a photo shoot.
I put this tie dye project off for a while, because I didn't have any rubber bands. But as soon as I picked some up at the Dollar Store, I got started. Using the largest rubber bands- about a 1/2 inch in width, I folded the slip length wise and wrapped five bands very tightly (this will create the white stripes seen in the finished look.) Next I thoroughly wet and wrung out the slip, gently hand wringing. Then set it to the side.
It's hard to believe some of these vintage slips were originally white. Different fabrics require different dyes and dying methods!!!!!!
My slips tags were so faded, I couldn't read them! I assumed most of my slips were nylon due to their age, so I used Rit powder dye to create my beautiful colors.
Wearing old clothes, vinyl gloves and following the box directions, I mixed 2 cups hot water, one package of powder dye, and added 1 cup of salt (for natural fiber fabrics it helps intensify the dye, but thought i would try anyway) in a medium size plastic storage tub placed inside my basement wash tub. Then added the rest of the hot water required.
Next I placed the pre-wet slip into the tub of dye. I used two empty laundry detergent bottles full of water placed on top to help keep the garment submerged. After 45 mins, I wrung out all the dye. Emptied and filled the same tub with fresh clean warm water. Rinsed the slip, emptied and gently wrung out again. Then replaced with very cold water and two cups white vinegar and rinsed again( found out after, that adding this during first dye bath is a better result to help set color!) Last, I removed the rubber bands and rinsed in fresh cold water once more, before machine washing, gentle cycle, with mild detergent.
THE BEAUTIFUL RESULTS!
This mod fashion look can be worn as lingerie, layered with tank tops, skirts, dresses and jeans and accessorized for a fun fashion look.
My favorite is what I'm calling Saddle Brown. It looks super sweet with cowgirl boots!
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I added 1 cup of food processed cranberries to my pink slip's dye bath besides the powder dye for a super unique color.
Pantone Fall Fashion Color Report 2012
And come check out the party!