When choosing to rock tie-dye, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking it’s a look best reserved for the festival season or that 60s themed birthday party you’ve been invited to. But, that’s all about to change as we head into spring 2019.
Designers such as Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler and Prada all brought psychedelic patterns to the runway leading the way for a renaissance which has seen stars from Beyoncé to Bieber donning bold blotted prints.
And to help savvy fashionistas stay on trend, British brand, DYLON Dyes, has created a simple step-by-step guide on how to get-the-look at home for just £7 and in as little as just two hours. Using a lesser-known technique called ice-dyeing, here’s how you can transform glum garments into this year’s hottest trend…
- DYLON Hand Dyes – we recommend using more than one colour
- An old (or new) white cotton or linen shirt - it needs to be clean
- Bag of ice cubes
- Rubber gloves
- Cooling rack
- Large plastic tray
1. Wet the clean shirt and squeeze out any excess water
2. Leave damp and crumple shirt into a bundle
3. Stack the cooling rack on top of a tray for ice to drip freely in puddle under shirt
4. Place the crumpled shirt on rack and cover with ice cubes
5. Sprinkle dye powder at random over the ice
6. Repeat if you’re adding additional colours. We recommend that you pick shades of fabric dye that go well together, e.g. shades within the same colour family – like Vintage Blue and Navy Blue – or different colours that complement each other – like Intense Violet and Passion Pink
What is the recommended amount of dye?
This is dependent on the how saturated you’d like the colour to be and how large the garment is; we’d recommend using at least one full sachet and but you can use more or less to achieve different looks.
Do you recommend the clothing being washed at 40 in a machine on its own after the rinsing before wearing?
Yes, once the garment has been rinsed of excess dye and allowed to dry we recommend washing it on its own at 40 degrees.