Friday, April 19

HOW TO: Dye a Stained Shirt

I bought this gorgeous white crochet top and hung it among my favorite frocks. It's hard to find cool plus-size goods (much less crocheted designs like this!) But, argh! The Chesty Girl's Curse plagued me recently and I spilled a hecka lotta salad dressing on the front area. I tried everything to get it out, but all I was left with was light yellow blob. As a last ditch effort I dyed it and now I love this top even more!

Tips for dyeing a stained shirt: Try to remove as much of the stain as possible without damaging the fabric. If it is a hearty stain, you might want to go with two dyes and layer them like I did.  If it something small, you can likely just get away with one color. 
You're going to need a cotton blouse, rayon will work too. Nothing synthetic though. I used two boxes of purple Tulip® One-Step Dye® - and then added one of fuchsia, I'll tell you why in a bit. Set up your work area with a plastic covering, gloves and a brush and bowl of water. Mix your dye according to package directions. Wet the shirt and wring out excess water. Set it on the plastic covering.

Start at the top (where the darkest part of the stain is) and add the dye. Add most of it at the top and then dip the brush in the water and drag the dye down until get lighter.
Keep your shirt wet - keep adding water and keep brushing.
When you're done, it will look like this. I used a pant hanger to hang it to dry so all the dye would drip from the top. Let it set for six hours and then wash in cold water, hang dry. Once my shirt was finished, I felt like it needed a second color. I love texture. I went ahead and set up my station again, wet my shirt and added the pink dye in the center area. I let it set for six hours, washed, etc. That's how I achieved this look.
All of this should cover up your stain nicely!


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kitblu said...

I don`t know if dying will fix all the tops I have stained but I might as well try as I am not wearing them now. I have not of this dye so I will have to look around for it. Thanks for sharing!

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