You all know I love sweaters. I am always wearing one (like right now) and I find them a great accessory that's quick, warm and easy.
I'm a Land's End whore. I am. I go to their clearance webpage, and I'll get 4 $11 all cotton sweaters for a song. I've sone it twice now.This go around I got a cotton wrap over blouse sweater. Super cute. I bought 4, all white. Well, cream. But the key is 100% cotton, which means dyeable.
This was my first time dyeing something in this new apartment. I was very worried about the process. I didn't want to splash dye everywhere, and more importantly, I didn't want to stain my lovely, lovely sink.
I dye things from light to dark, so from the dyes I currently own, I choose three that I felt would fit my wardrobe needs.
I started with the iDye ecru and it gave stellar results.
The next dye job was the kelly green. I used the whole bottle of RIT dye, but dyed this on the stove because RIT handles differently than iDye.
|This was after a second rinse.|
I cooked that sweater for near an hour, and it seemed to take really well, but the rinse process took twice as long, much more water than the iDye, and it dried with streaks. Fail.
This red sweater is also done the same way as the green one, but I combined a few colors of RIT; red, pink, blue, and yellow. I think that combination glazed the colors together and filled in pigment wise what may have been lacking with their counterparts. Perhaps if I had used the yellow and blue with the kelly green, I would have had a different outcome.
This dye job turned out really well.
So well in fact that I wore it to work yesterday and got a lot of compliments.
This outfit is made up of my newly dyed red sweater, a skirt that was a pair of pants that I cut open, some black diamond patterned tights, some three tone oxfords, and a wool beret I made some time ago.
I love doing this. It's a great way to add variety to a wardrobe especially when you find a style you like.
I dyed all three of these sweaters in one afternoon. I proably could have dyed one or two more, but I ran out of sweaters :) Don't worry, I'm not a compulsive sweater buyer...I don't think.
How often do you dye?
Have a great Thursday!!