Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Making An Old Shirt New

   We all have that one garment (or like me, a few) that we love but due to its light color the dreaded underarm sweat stains start to apear. Some of my well worn whites have been tucked away in my closet because I don't have the heart to throw them away but I simply can't wear them either because of those awful stains.

   Last Sunday as I was thinking about tossing some of these items away I remembered I had a half full package of some left over dye and decided now was the best time to renew a very used, spotted and stained shirt of mine.
   I love RIT dye because they're so easy to use and give a good strong color. You simply have to follow the instructions on the box. The basic gist of it is to dissolve the powder in hot water. Add your garment of choice. Keep in mind this dye works on most fabrics like 100% cotton, linen, wool, silk and some synthetics like rayon and nylon. But as I've experienced in the past polyester and polyester blends wont dye well or even at all.

   Then you just need to stir that dye and fabric together. You can let it rest for a few minutes but always come back to keep things moving so the dye can fully saturate the garment.
   The longer you keep it in the darker it will be. I only kept my shirt in for about 20 mins. Of course the color is going to be much darker when wet. You will then rinse the dye out completely until the water runs clear. You can then let it dry or as I did, washed it in the washing machine with like colours to make sure all the dye is out.

I'm very pleased with my like new old shirt.

6 comments:

Mrs.Marie Lester said...

that is sooo cute! love that color!

Nnenna said...

What a brilliant idea to dye it a different color! :) I would have just donated the shirt away!

Bad Taste Toast said...

Cute! It's amazing how a change of colour can refresh an old piece :)

Aspiring Kennedy said...

Perfect idea! Plus, if I'm needing a green shirt, Voila! I can have the perfect color to go with a new outfit.

ginanorma said...

LOVE it! I should do this little project with my daughter, really great!

Melanie said...

What a fantastic idea! I think I have a couple of old shirts that I will try this on...