DIY Dip-Dyed Shirt

If you read A Pair & A Spare like I do, then recently you may be experiencing a intense need to dye something. Particularly, in a gradient and ombre fashion 🙂

I didn’t do a pictorial step-by-step for this since  it was my first time using fabric dye and it was quite a messy affair. However, if you have a look at this post by Geneve of A Pair and A Spare for Harpers Bazaar, she gives comprehensive instructions.


1. Soak the whole shirt in water. This will help the dye absorb up the shirt in a gradient fashion.


a) Create three dye mixtures of equal amounts. Set aside two.

b) Dip the shirt in the main mixture to the desired maximum height for a minute.

c) Pour one of the set aside mixtures into the main mixture.

d) Dip shirt into the topped up mixture to midway of previous dip for two minutes.

e) Pour the last mixture into the main mixture.

f) Dip shirt into the final mixture to midway of the previous dip for five minutes.

3. Rinse out all dye and place in the washing machine.

4. Hang to dry with the dark edge down.

Initially I wasn’t going to dye anything because I didn’t want to go out and buy something to dye and I didn’t own anything that needed refashioning. Then I realised my favourite denim shirt had a huge yellow stain on it, and this was just nasty so I wanted to cover it up.

FYI – dying something to get rid of a stain – DOES NOT WORK. It did lessen the prominence of the stain though, instead of yellow, it turned red.

I did have fun dying so it wasn’t a complete waste of time. The shirt is still a work in progress and I have a few ideas to deal with the stain:

a) Cut off the bottom – making a cropped long sleeved shirt and have the darkest bits on the sleeves.

b) Use some pyramid studs over the stained areas and make a overall pattern to match.

The second option is looking like the winner since I’ve just order a heap of pyramid spikes. I’m excited to give them a try, it will another first in my DIY adventure!

But then again who knows, maybe I will do both! Stay tuned to see how it turns out. 🙂


LOve <3




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