Tulip 1-step tie dye

DIY: Tie Dye Embellished Sweatshirt (á la Beyonce)

OK, I'm part of the Bey-hive.

Amazing Bey art  by GNODPop

Amazing Bey art by GNODPop

I love me some Beyonce. 🐝🐝🐝 I got a little inspired when I was in Paris over the summer and was peeping all of Queen Bey's Formation posters littered across the city promoting the tour.

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I said to myself, I want to slay too!! So, a Beyonce-worthy top is what's getting crafted! I was feeling the French spirit while singing "I Slay" over and over and over on my trip that I thought, what if I found out the French translation for that phrase and embellished my hoodie?

Je domine means "I dominate" so  it looks like we've got our saying! I began with a thin cotton H&M sweatshirt and some sequin trim for lettering! I was inspired by a post on A Beautiful Mess using sequins...

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...and wanted to create something similar!

I pinned the sequins to the shirt to hold them in place while forming the lettering and then used Aleen's Fabric Fusion to actually affix the sequins to the shirt!

Je domine

But then what happens when you wear your new shirt out to dinner and you spill what you ordered on it? You get that bottle of tie dye ready to go. 

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I grabbed a bottle of Tulip One-Step dye in blue (I wanted to match the navy sequins I used) and began the process by getting the top completely wet!

Blank T Shirt

Whenever I dye clothes I try to keep a pair of rubber gloves on hand just to avoid dyeing of the hands as well!

Once the piece was totally wet, I folded the top in an accordion shape and added rubber bands. (These areas underneath the bands will be the portions of the top that won't change color!)

When the bands were all added, it was time to dye! I took an old baking pan and covered it in plastic wrap. (The things you do when you have to dye inside!)

With the Tulip dye, all you have to do is fill up the bottle with water and shake it to disperse the powder coloring. Once the dye is mixed it's time to squeeze onto the garment!

Love the blue! 💙

We're so close!

Once the shirt was saturated with dye, I let it marinate for 8 hours before cutting the bands and rinsing the piece out with water until the dye ran clear. Once it was dry, it was time to wear it again!! (Fingers crossed I don't spill something metallic on it next!)

Dye success!

I Slay Sweatshirt

I'm totally rocking out to Beyonce right here! (Hello yard dance party!) 

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Spot be gone! Can't even see it anymore.

I Slay Before/After

Such a fun way to give a simple shirt some flair!

I might need to add sequined lettering to more things now...stay tuned!

Remake: Sample Sale Workout Capris

I've been on a workout kick for the past four months - I signed up for Classpass (anyone else a member??) and have been taking all kinds of classes from spin and yoga to TWERKING!! Seriously, there's a class for that (I went with a girlfriend of mine and it was a blast) and I am now ready to take Miley Cyrus on :) I needed some new workout gear, so I went to a Beyond Yoga sample sale to see what I could snag. I grabbed a pair of leggings for $20 then hit the "damaged" area where each item was $2. HELLO GOLDMINE! I love to score pieces from here, because they're usually mildly damaged - nothing that a little elbow grease can't tweak.

Score #1, a fab pair of capris.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

One small issue...there's a HOLE on the front and back leg!

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Now that's not something that a little stitching can fix...

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

But when a set of pants retail for around $90 (yes, seriously), I go into "make it work" mode to really make them work.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

I mean I guess I could get away with going like this...

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

You know, it would be a new fashion statement! OK, wanna see what I did?

You can see, TAGS STILL ON! These puppies are brand new.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

I'm not a big fan of white pants in general, so I thought that I'd give them a little bit of flair and tie dye them!

I started by immersing them in water to get them super soaked and then rubber banded them in a bullseye style. I started at one end and then banded them to the other with about a 1-ish space in-between. I put on some gloves and was ready to go.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Tulip makes an awesome 1-step tie dye kit which I used for this project and grabbed two different colors - a turquoise-y blue and a pinkish-purple. I dyed every other section blue and then filled in the alternate spaces with the purplish shade.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

After dyeing, I let my project dry overnight before I rinsed it out with water. Because there was a bit of polyester in the fabric blend, I saw a lot more of the color come out of the garment - this dye isn't polyester specific, but as you'll see shortly it was a milder shade of these colors.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Now with my new capris dyed, it was time to tackle the big hole. I took a pair of scissors and trimmed the area right about the hole.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

With one leg done, I took the remnant portion and trimmed the other leg.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Because of the polyester in the fabric, I just let the raw edge fly! There was no fraying so I was totally okay with leaving them as is.

New workout pants complete! Now it's time for a class!

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Instead of capris, now I'm calling them "over the knees."

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

It's really the perfect length and I LOVE the colors.

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Such a nice change from what they originally looked like :)

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Who's down for a Yoga Booty Ballet class? (PS, those are my fave!)

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

New Dress A Day - DIY tie dye workout capris

Anyone else have any workout clothing hacks? I bought a few other pieces that I worked some easy stitching magic on, that I'll show you soon!