How to Tie Dye a Dress | Tie Dyeing

How to Tie Dye a Dress | Tie Dyeing


I am going to show you how to tie dye a dress. For this simple tank top dress, I chose to
use a black color, a nickel color, and a bordeaux. I think I am going to go for vertical stripes,
pretty random, but keeping it very simple and casual. Let us see how it will work out. For the skirt I am going to pleat it with
my hands and gather it. So, I’m just pulling a layer of fabric. Maybe I’ll show you a different way. So, I am just pulling a layer of fabric and
gathering it. I have these simple accordion folds for the
stripes. I am going to tie it together using a rubber
band. I’m going to put some more on here. Since the top of the dress is going to be
in a different pattern, I am going to focus my rubber bands on this bottom area and then
gradually decrease the quantity coming up to the top. I will do a different treatment on the top. Tie dying is a lot about experimenting. A lot of times I do not really know how a
project is going to come out before I do it. The more you do it, the more you will be able
to predict how the techniques are going to work out in the garment that you are doing. It’s kind of important to think about the
garment as a whole and the place where you want to put the patterns. For instance, if you place a huge circle right
on your belly, maybe you do not want that, or if you want to have an area with a lot
of patterns happening or other areas very white. Really think about the garment as a whole
before you start tying it. Because I want striping to happen, but I do
not want it to be really obvious, I am going to take my striping things and I am going
to start rolling it into a spiral shape. I striped this end of the dress already. I am going to pick the ends of the bottom
of the dress and start rolling it in like a spiral. Maybe up to here. I am going to tie this together with a rubber
band. Rubber bands are always your best friends
when you are doing tie dying. They just help you hold any pattern that you
want to make. The first one is in, with a couple more. Then for the top of the dress, I think I am
going to make a very random tie dye to contrast with the more structural tie dye that I did
on the bottom. I am going to scrunch the top randomly leading
up to the spiral that I just created with the stripes before. After you are done, you just want to make
sure that the transition area between the randomly scrunched part and the one with the
stripes and the spiral is neat. You do not want to end up having a fully colored
section there. You want it all to transition pretty easily. I think it looks good so I am going bundle
it all together. See how it is a bit separated? I am just going to put a rubber band connecting
it with the rest. This is how it looks before I start dying. Because I am going to use three colors, the
easiest way to do this is by using the squeeze bottle technique. That is what I am going to do. I am going to start by getting the fabric
wet. After the fabric is wet I am going to soak
it in my dye activator solution. which I previously prepared by mixing washing
soda and water. It should soak in the dye activator for five
to ten minutes. After that, you just squeeze out the excess
water and you are ready to dye. I am going to start applying my colors. I chose two very similar colors, the black
and the nickel. I have a more contrasting color which is the
bordeaux. I want my dress to end up being mainly black
and nickel with just highlights of bordeaux. I am going to be very careful when I use the
bordeaux and I am going to leave that for last. My nickel is slightly lighter than the black
so I am going to start with that one. I am going to start applying to the dress
and see how the color spreads. I’m going to flip it, apply it on the other
side. Because this is such a tight bundle, you want
to make sure that you get dye through all of the layers so that you do not end up with
really white sections. Sometimes to make sure that the dye goes through
all of the layers I even take the tip of the squeeze bottle and press it against the fabric. Through applying pressure I can make sure
the dye goes through the fabric. I think it is looking pretty good for the
nickel so I am going to start adding little pops of black. The good thing about leaving the black for
after the other lighter colors, is that right now I am noticing big areas that have nickel
that I do not want to be as plain. So, because the black dye is stronger than
the nickel, I can over dye it and make some variation in it. I think I am going to start adding little
pops of the bordeaux color. I tested it before and it mixes really well
with both the black and the nickel. I think this is going to look pretty cool. Coming back to some more black. I sometimes open my bundle a little bit to
peek and to see if I have areas that are very white. I think this is looking pretty good. Maybe I will put the squeeze in there. Massaging it a little bit forces the colors
to blend with each other and forces them to mix so you do not have as much of a contrast
between color A and color B. It also forces the colors to go right through the middle
and makes sure that you do not have that many white areas. After you are done with the dying you want
to cover your garment with a plastic bag and let it cure for four to twenty-four hours. After that you carefully remove all the rubber
bands, you rinse, you dry it, and you are ready to wear it. My dress has been curing for about four hours
now so I think it is ready to be opened. I just rinse it really quickly and ring it
out and I am about to remove the rubber bands. Always be really careful when removing the
rubber bands so it does not splash anything onto you and that you do not hurt yourself. You can always reuse these rubber bands too
by rinsing them in water and then letting them dry to save for your next project. If you are careful in removing them and you
do not break them, you can always use them again. If you get really impatient you can always
cut them. I think this is unfolding pretty well. This is the top part in which I had gone pretty
random. I actually think it looks pretty cool. I really like how the colors blend together. It gives a bit of a punk aesthetic to it. Let us see how the bottom looks. I remember that I put the rubber bands on
the bottom really tight so this is probably going to take a little longer to remove them. Slow and steady, you will get there. First one. Second one. Third one. Removing rubber bands is sometimes harder
when you are wearing gloves, so if you are sure that you gave it a really good rinse
you can take off your gloves at this time. Last one. And it’s reveal time. This is what the bottom looks like. Actually let me show you the front of it. Remember how on the bottom we were going for
vertical stripes that would look a little bit organic, so not totally geometric. I am pretty pleased. We see a bit of box action happening because
of the rubber bands but we have solid vertical stripes. I really like it overall. I think it is a really good project. This is how you tie dye a dress.

5 Replies to “How to Tie Dye a Dress | Tie Dyeing”

  1. You have uploaded this video just nice for me! LOL! Thank you very much. Very informative & helpful.

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