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I've been itching to try this DIY dip dye t-shirt project I saw on the Anthropologie blog a few weeks ago. I'll be the first to admit, I'm seriously not the DIY blogger type. I get bored, confused, frustrated and pissed off way to quickly to commit to seeing a project the entire way through. Especially with the documentation part. So, after having a long talk with myself, I decided to give this one a shot. And if you don't mind, I'd like to toot my horn, because I think I did a pretty bang up job!

See below:

Le tools: 

You'll need to gather the following supplies to start your dye job:

1. T-shirt (I used an old soffe T that I used to work out in.)         
2. Rit Dye in color of your choice
3. Glass bowl (Use glass so the dye will wash out completely.)   
4. Laundry detergent
5. Plastic or wooden spoon
6. Tea Kettle (to boil water)
7. Latex Gloves                   

Step 1: Add dye to a glass bowl

Step 2: Add half gallon of hot water to dye. Mix well.

Step 3: Add laundry detergent to dye mix.

Step 4: Wet T-shirt up to the point where the fade will begin, wring excess water well. Then, dip t-shirt in the dye solution for 30 seconds, then remove and wring excess water. Repeat dips from section to section, creating a gradual fade.
(*Tip: I used my hand to pat a little dye water on the white area where I wanted my dye to appear lighter.)

Step 5: Once finished with dip dye, wring T-shirt under warm water until color runs and only clear water remains. 

And voila!

I love the way this shirt turned out. Keep in mind, I used a Soffe Burnout Tee, which gives off a textured, pebbly appearance. But, you can also recreate this look with a plain white tee or tank as well. 

So, what do you think of my DIY dip dye project? Would you try this? Leave a comment for me below!

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2 comments on "DIY: DIP DYE T-SHIRT"
  1. Can we talk about how I can't stand you right now. You did that, hunty!

  2. Thank ya, kindly! But did you check out my war wound? I still have dye on the palm of my left hand, chile!