4th of July Tie Dye! (One shirt, two ways!)

Jul 3, 2014 | 5 Comments

I worked with Rit Dye on this project and my goal was to get an outfit ready to wear for this holiday weekend! I love July 4th and always need to have a patriotic outfit (as well as some nails) to help with the celebration!

Start with a basic cotton t-shirt (grab one from your collection!), a handful of rubber bands, and Scarlet and Royal Blue Rit Dye.

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Supplies

Add both shades of dye into plastic bottles – this will make it easier to apply dye to the t-shirt in specific areas.

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Bottle them dyes!

Fold or twist the shirt to prep for tie dyeing! I went with a horizontal accordion fold that would give me a vertical stripe with the dyes. I folded, rubber banded sections, and started to apply the dye on each side of the rubber bands, alternating colors.

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Tie dyeing is on!!

Let the shirt soak and dry (I waited about 6 hours), remove the rubber bands, and unfold the shirt. Rinse the shirt under cold water until the dye runs clear. Toss the tee into the dryer until it’s fully dry.

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Dry and snip!

The shirt is complete! With some sleeve rolls, it was time to ring in the 4th á la Bruce Springsteen!!

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Bruuuuuuce! I totally feel like I’m in the “Dancing in the Streets” video

I couldn’t just stop there. (This step is totally optional. If you love the tee as is, stop once the shirt has been washed/dried.) I loved how the dye turned out, but I like to cut up my tees before actually wearing them. I removed the ribbed neck, the sleeves, and cut a four-inch slit at the center-bottom of the back of the shirt

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Trim time

New, refashioned shirt in just a few quick snippy steps!

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Tank time!

Here’s a close up of that knotted back…

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Knot in the back!

I’m ready to celebrate ‘Merica in my red, white, and blue!! Nothing like some tie dye to feel patriotic!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

AFTER

Cue The Star Spangled Banner!!

Rit Dye - New Dress A Day - tie dye

Sleeve or no sleeve, that is the question.

Happy 4th of July, friends!!!

Remake: White & Denim Dress

Jun 24, 2014 | 29 Comments

You saw this dress last week…

New Dress A Day - vintage dress - thrift store

Slightly discolored

…when I reached out your way to help me pick out what color to dye the top of it!

New Dress A Day - vintage dress - thrift store

Dem pockets…

Those appliqué/pockets were the best!!

New Dress A Day - vintage dress - thrift store

BEFORE

And by best, I mean had to go!! The votes were tallied and the winning color was coral!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - dyed vintage dress

New color going on!!

See how the whole piece looks now!

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And The Winner Is…

Jun 23, 2014 | 5 Comments

Woo!! Votes have been tallied and the color has been picked!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - dyed vintage dress

New color going on!!

Thanks to everyone who submitted their picks. I like having you choose which route to take! I’m a total Libra and can’t make a decision to save my life, so having other people choose for me is always appreciated :) Can y’all help out with dinner suggestions while we’re at it??

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Help Me Pick!

Jun 20, 2014 | 42 Comments

I loved all of the input I received last week on which dress to spend the weekend remaking…

New Dress A Day - vintage show down

Tropical wins!!!!!

…so I thought that I’d kick off the weekend with another “you pick” post!

Here’s the dress…

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Remake: Black and White Dress

May 12, 2014 | 22 Comments

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, including a most lovely Mother’s Day!

You got a little teaser of today’s dress last week…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage black and white dress - thrift store shopping

I’m workin’ on this lovely piece!

…and now you get to see how it turned out!

To be completely honest, it looks pretty good as is, however, the length is a bit off…

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage black and white dress - thrift store shopping

Just eh…not in love with the length

…and there were some not so pretty spots on the top portion. The ivory was slightly discolored. Definitely not something that I’d be able to wear as is.

New Dress A Day - DIY - vintage black and white dress - thrift store shopping

Spotty times

I thought a bit of dye would do the trick to create a super cool color blocked dress!

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