This cool dip dye job was a quick one day project. You can do it too! It was so simple with such awesome results.
For this denim ombre vest -
- Buy a cheap second hand denim jacket - (then you don't have to be sad if you fuck it up - but you won't! :)
- I chose a jacket that was too small (I could barely get my arms in it) because I wanted a really cropped and close-fitting vest.
- Raggedly chop off the sleeves while keeping the shoulder seam. The end pieces will fray over time giving your vest more character.
- Textile dye comes in many colors and finishes but for your first time (this was mine!) choose something simple like iDye in a color you love.
- Prepare the dye bath.
- Fill a bucket with super hot water. (Heat on stove to barely a simmer if your tap won't get hot enough). In your bathtub or outside is easiest.
- Dissolve packet of dye and stir.
- Dissolve a cup of non-iodized salt in a little hot water and pour that into your dye.
- Using gloves dip the bottom three-quarters of your vest into the dye and pull out. This dip can be quick - less than a minute.
- Soak half the garment (you can just lay it over the side of the bucket - a hanger helps keep it from falling all the way in. This soak can be about twenty minutes.
- Agitation helps the dye work into the fibers so swish your garment around a bit between dips.
- Pull the vest out further and keep just the base in it for an additional twenty to thirty minutes.
- Remove - take a look to see if you like the effect (you can always re-dip a couple times to even out the lines or make it bolder in the lighter parts.
- Rinse in cool water and use a mild detergent.
List of items for dyeing -
- pair of rubber gloves
- dye - (I like idye - I think I am just duped by packaging and I am more attracted to it than RIT)
- non-idozied salt (alternatively vinegar if you are doing different materials but for this - salt)
- very hot water