Monday, April 23, 2012


Jillian's jeans                            Hannah's 'sweater vest'

dip dip dying!
to round out the end of our our rainy week, we wanted to give our clothes a permanent 'i just jumped in a puddle' look. it's subtle, and uneven at times, but we are rookies in the ombre field!
we used RIT's 'denim blue' shade and mixed the dye as the box directs. we wanted the color to increase in saturation as it gradually traveled down the trousers, and up the sweater vest, so we added about half the dissolved dye and allowed the garments to soak for 5-10 minutes. as we pulled the garments out of the dye inch by inch (each time resting about 7 minutes), we willy-nilly poured in more of the dye until it was distributed throughout. the color on the vest faded in the wash and turned out splotchier than expected, and as the jeans were a fairly dark wash originally, the transition is subtle. we may go back for round dos soon but we are fairly pleased with our toe dip in the ombre pool!
we suggest making sure your garment is evenly damp before dying. also, be conscious that the clothing isn't wrinkled or unevenly placed within the dye -both elements contributed to the resulting splotch botch.

p.s. we didn't have massive expectations for the project, which is a good rule of thumb for taking creative chances. but the possibilities really are endless, and who knows, maybe an ombred three piece suit is in the works?!


  1. I think it turned out great, lovey diy. I'm loving ombre right now, I actually did today's post on ombre.

    xo erica

  2. Oh, I love how the pants turned out! So fabulous!!
    xo TJ


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