I found this great tie-dyed maxi dress at the salvation army for $4. Someone had given up on this beauty because of bleach stains. I thought it would make a fun project for playing around with some Rit dye and a Rit redying kit I picked up at Walmart a while back.
|Original dress with bleach stains in lower right.|
|Newly dyed dress!|
So, step one was to weigh the dress and see how much fabric I had as the Rit instructions are for pounds of fabric. This huge dress was actually only 1 pound of fabric.
|Rit Dye Perfection Kit with color remover.|
|I poured in measured amounts of water and marked the sink at 2 gal and 3 gal.|
Worst case scenario for this dress was that I would be out $10-$15 in materials, best case I have a beautiful unique dress that I had a hand in creating. Looks like it turned out for the best!
I think bleaching first would possibly have worked better, but I'm sure it's dependent on original dye type and fabric type.
I wish the Rit kit came with more than one pouch of color remover. The stores near me don't sell it separate and I have enough fixative for more projects (yay!) but no more color remover (boo).
This actually took a long time. I was working on this dress while I made a batch of laundry soap and the laundry soap was done cooking before the dress was finished. I would either break this into two stages (bleach/color remover and redying) or give myself a good long time to work on this. It wasn't hard work, but since I started at around 9 pm and didn't finish until close to 1 am I was pretty exhausted. I am not really a night person.
Hope this post will inspire you to redo your own thrift store find. It can be a really rewarding process!