If there’s one color trend that’s going to be huge this summer, it’s the dip dye effect! We’ve already seen it sneaking onto the heads of many of the rich and famous but dip-dye is also huge on the fashion front and with it being easy-peasy to achieve at home, every girl should give it a go this season. Read on for a simple ‘How to’ guide:
First up, you’ll need some basic DIY tools and accessories to get started:
- A plain, light-colored item of clothing of your choice
- Rubber/Latex gloves (pop them on straight away)
- A large bucket or bowl for the dipping process
- Fabric dye
- Hot water
- 3 small bowls
Step 1 – Open up the dye and split evenly into 3 bowls.
Each bowl of dye will be used to produce a different strength of color to create the dip dye effect. Try and split them evenly, it will help with the finished look but no measuring tools are needn’t, it doesn’t need to be exact.
Step 2 – Soak your garment in cold water
For a successful dye job you need your item of clothing to be damp, so soak in cold water and then ring dry until it is no longer dripping wet. You can check this site to get more information about it.
Step 3 – Fill the bucket with water
Follow the directions as recommended on your dye packet and fill the bucket or bowl up with this amount of water. You should also make a note of the temperature of the water, typically about 40 degrees centigrade and heat/cool accordingly if needed too.
Step 4 – Add salt
Again follow the dye pack instructions and add the recommended amount of salt to the bowl of water. Stir with a wooden spoon and then add the first bowl of dye and stir thoroughly.
Step 5 – Now do the first dip!
The first dip should be 2/3 of your item into the bowl of dye, pay extra attention to any areas of the item that you don’t want to get colored. To help with the dipping, put your item on a hanger to hold it steadily. Hold the item in the dye for a few minutes to allow it time to take to the fabric.
Step 6 – Repeat process
Now add the second bowl of dye powder, this will intensifying the color further. Repeat the dipping process, this time going past the point at which you dipped in your garment before – a quarter of the item works well. Again leave for a few minutes. Then repeat the process again, adding the final bowl of dye powder to the larger bowl.
Step 7 – Rinse again
Once you have completed the three dip-dye stages, it’s time to rinse out the whole item with cold water and remove any excess dye. When done, leave your garment to thoroughly dry and you’re done! Before you know it you’ll have vests and bodycon skirts to rival Topshop and will be thinking about getting cash for clothes designs of your own!