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Topic: MY first tea dye! (sorta picture heavy)  (Read 1822 times)
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« on: September 24, 2012 06:19:58 AM »

OK, so technically second, but first I'd wear. I didn't read up, and it turns out pit stains soak up the tea dye about 50 million times better than the rest of the shirt.  Embarrassed Epic fail, prep with bleach.

I've had this shirt for ages, and I love it because it drapes so nicely and the fringe in the back makes it sorta sexy without being too much. But it went from white to a dingy gray, got some stains, couple of holes... I didn't want to throw it out though, so here's my attempt at salvaging it. I did two dyes, one quick soak that brought it to a light beige to even things out and then a spiral tie-dye with really strong tea for some texture. I tried to make a little flower with henna at the bottom as well, I got a packet ages ago that I'll never use for anything else. That was kind of a fail, my paste was too runny so it got blurred. Overall though, I'm pretty happy with it. I wasn't expecting the fringe to take any dye at all, but it's got a lovely golden tint to it now.

Here's the finished thing:

And the back:

And here's what it looks like on. Taking a picture of your own back with a crappy cell phone is way too hard.


« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2012 11:58:57 AM »

That turned out great! I really like the mottled colour, it gives it a lovely vintage look.
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012 08:57:59 AM »

Looks great on you!

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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012 10:24:49 AM »

Very cool. Love the added texture of the second dye. Great job!
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