Thursday, January 17, 2013

boho tie dye dress

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.
RUBBER BANDS
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.
DYE
 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.

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33 comments:

  1. They look great - I can actually remember doing this to my tee's and jeans in the 70's lol
    XOX

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    1. Me too! Now it's back in fashion especially on Etsy:)

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  2. I haven't tie - dyed in so many years but remember the fun of taking the rubber bands off and revealing the pattern of the colors. Yours are soooooo pretty.

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    1. Yes, it was still fun to see it work!!! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

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  3. Your tie dye slips are fabulous! What a wonderful creative idea. Love them!
    Mary Alice

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  4. Those are so beautiful! Great work as always. :) Megan

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  5. Super cool work you do! Welcome as my new blog follower. Happy to "meet" you!

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  6. Saddle Brown is my favorite, too. Love Earth tones. But I actually love them all.

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    1. Thank you:) I'm usually a blue lover, but the brown is my favorite!!!

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  7. Michele..
    I really love these...might have to give it a go. I tied dyed with my kids, but of course the palette was a bit bright. You chose some lovely colors.

    Have a great day!
    Robin

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    1. Thanks Robin. When I went to their website, I found they have so many more great colors than my market or craft store carries:)

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  8. You have been nominated for the Liebster Award! Check out the post here:
    wideospaces.blogspot.com
    XO Brooke

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    1. Brooke, you are so sweet. Stopped by your blog, love it, love your title!! New follower:) I must be doing something right, as I've received 4 nominations for this. Each one is like a big hug.Thank you so much for nominating me!!!!

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  9. This turned out great!

    We are your newest follower. Thanks for following us too!

    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  10. Hi Michele, This are so cute. Such pretty colors. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I'm following you back. Have a great weekend!

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  11. Really cool and fun! I would never have thought to tie dye a slip. Too cute to hide under clothing. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann. Some gypsy country looks have them showing now! I'm so excited Rit may post one on their site:)

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  12. I really like the brown one, thanks for the inspiration~ and thanks for linking up!
    Kim

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  13. These are so pretty, I love the rubber band effect! I am now following you back!

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    1. Thanks Mindi!! Love that blue flower box!!!!!!

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  14. ah great job! Thanks so much for linking up to our blog hop!

    xoxox, Jordan.

    www.lilywhite-designs.com

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