But then I wondered why buy something that was tie-dyed if I could actually do it at home? Would it look fabulous or frumpy? Not too long after those thoughts entered my head did I spill coffee on one of my favorite cotton sweaters. The coffee wouldn't come out, so out of frustration I mistakenly used a bleach pen on it, and it all went downhill from there. Bye bye pretty pale pink top, hello new art project. I recalled purchasing a Tulip "One Step Fashion Dye" tie-dye kit during the long desperate winter months of Fashion Rehab, but had yet to put it to the test. My sweater was already ruined, so I figured it couldn't hurt to try.
Designer DIY - my "new" sweater. Amazing, huh?
Tie-dying is an arduous task, there is no question about that. The process is messy and you have to let the dye soak for many hours (wear gloves and read all of the instructions, please!) but the outcome totally made the labor worthwhile. I literally was shocked when I unwrapped my old coffee-stained sweater to discover this new brightly colored beauty. Shades of pink, orange and red strewn together in these flame-like patterns were just amazing. I don't think I could have bought something better!
The "before" and the "during"of the tie-dye extravaganza. The dye comes with a little instruction booklet showing how to create various effects. I used red dye and did a variation of an accordion roll-up technique and the results were amazing!
How is that for reduce, reuse, recycle?