We are very pleased to have a guest BLOG from the world-renowned Dye’s people Dylon, giving us a modern take on tie-dye. Dylon brings their vast experience with dying including practical tips and advice, and we hope to have more from them in the future.
Here’s how to get this season’s sustainable must-have look for just £7!
It’s no secret that thanks to fast fashion, Brits have become somewhat of a throwaway nation. But no matter how many trends may come or go, we’ve all got those treasured items in our wardrobes that we can’t do without.
Whether it’s a pair of jeans that fit just right, an occasion dress or a fabulous find from a charity shop, over time through wear and wear, your favourites might lose their appeal. So to help you extend the life of the staples you’re not ready to say goodbye to, tie-dye might just be the trend for you.
When choosing to rock tie-dye, you might be under the impression that the
look is best reserved for the festival season or that 60s themed birthday
party you’ve been invited to. But, that’s all changed in 2019 with designers such as Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler and Prada bringing psychedelic patterns to the runway.
Leading the way for a renaissance, stars such as Beyoncé and Justin Bieber have been spotted donning bold blotted prints, which not only looks great but encourages sustainable fashion. To help savvy fashion fans stay on-trend, British brand, DYLON Dyes, has created a simple step-by-step guide on how to get the look at home for just £7 and in as little as just two hours.
Keep reading to see how you can transform glum garments into this year’s hottest trend…
- DYLON Hand Dyes – we recommend using more than one colour
- An old (or new) white cotton or linen shirt – it needs to be clean
- 250g of ordinary salt
- Glass measuring jug
- Large rubber bands
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic bottle
- 1. Wet the clean shirt, squeeze out any excess water and leave damp.
- 2. Bind sections of the shirt tightly with rubber bands – the areas of the shirt protected by bands will escape being dyed and create the patterns.
- 3. Wearing rubber gloves, dissolve the dye in 500ml of warm water in the measuring jug, mix in 250g ( tbsp ) of salt and stir well.
- 4. Pour the mixture into a plastic bottle to enable easy application of the dye to the shirt.
- 5. Repeat the dye and salt mixture if adding additional colours. We recommend that picking shades of fabric dye that go well together eg, shades within the same colour family, like vintage blue – navy blue or different colours that complement each other like intense violet and passion pink.
- 6. Rinse the measuring jug and rest the bound shirt in it.
- 7. Carefully pour the dye mixture onto the shirt to create the desired look.
- 8. Leave the shirt to sit for a minimum of one hour to allow the dye to seep into the fabric.
- 9. Without untying the fabric, rinse in cold water until the water runs clear, then untie and wash in warm water.
- 10. Leave to dry and make sure it is away from direct sunlight.