I have always been a fan of flowey (is that a word?) 70's and 60's style skirts, so over spring break I made myself one. And I tackled dip-dyeing it at home! here it is:
this is my first one so I'm sorry if its not the greatest.
1. first you make the skirt out of a white cotten blend fabric using a simple pattern which you can find at your local fabric store or sewing center. DO NOT HEM OR SEW CASING. here is my lovely tent/skirt:http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123happyhappyjoyjoy_004.jpg
2. set up your dyeing materials:
2 diffrent colors of dye ( I used Dylon Permant Fabric Dye in Green and Dark Brown)
a large washable bucket with a stick clamped across the top(or you could use a broom stick and two chairs)
salt (you may or may not need this depending on what kind of dye you use)
tarp (or newspaper, something to protect your work surface)
a paint stir stick
smock (i used an old men's dress shirt on backwards)http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123nininininin_001.jpg
here is my lovely little brother modeling the correct clothing to wear for this:http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123nininininin_002.jpg
4. Pre-wash the skirt and leave wet. rubberband the section you want the colors to fade into eachother. the tighter you wrap the rubberbands, the more variation and white you will get. If you have ever done tie dye you get what I'm sayinghttp://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123happyhappyjoyjoy_005.jpg
5. prepare the dye as instructed on the package. I did the lighter color first, that way if I messed up I could cover it up with the darker color later.
6. lower part of skirt you want to be that color into dye till rubber bands. clip the other side of skirt to the edge of the bucket so it doesn't fall in the dye. agitate and let sit as directed on package. every five minutes or so lift the skirt a inch or so higher so that it will be slightly lighter where the colors meet.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123skirt_stuf_001.jpg
7. when finished dyeing, rinse the dyed part out in cold water till water runs clear. rinse from rubberbands to end of dyed part so you don't accidentally dye the white part. I should have taken pic of this but I didn't so here is one of me rinsing the whole thing. KEEP THE RUBBERBANDS ON DURING THIS PART.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123skirt_stuf_004.jpg
8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 using the other end of the skirt and the other color dye. here is a pic of the skirt being dyed brown:http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123skirt_stuf_003.jpg
9. once all the extra dye has been washed out, wash it in the washing machine in HOT water with normal detergent. let air dry.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123skirt_stuf_006.jpg
10.My skirt frayed from being washed and not hemmed and the lose fibers got all tangled so i trimmed these while it was drying
11.hem bottom and sew casing with coresponding colored thread.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123skirt_stuf_008.jpg
12. thread the elastic through casing, and size. attach elastic together and stitch casing closed.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/25123skirt_stuf_009.jpg
13. Put it on and strut your stuff!
the pictures really don't to it justice. it is sooo cute. I love it! I was very easy and hope you can under stand it so you can make it yourself!