Monday, 22 July 2013

DIY Reverse Tie-Dye in 3 Techniques:Part 3~cowl front sleeveless tee with deep v back

So this is the final part of the post about reverse tie dye techniques. This tutorial will show you how to create a deep v back tee with lace detailing and a cowl front.

All you need for this tutorial is:
Plain old tee
Household bleach
various lace trims
Fabric scissors
Needle and thread
To make something like this:
All you need to start is a plain t shirt (I used one of my hubby's old ones)

The next step is to get a needle and thread
I double my thread up to make it stronger
Start my stitching through both layers at the same time and use a long running stitch to go in which ever direction you wish



Continue with these running stitches all over the tee until you think you have enough to create a good effect once bleached
After you have secured the ends of the threads, you need to ruche the fabric by pulling the threads





Once you've finished stitching and ruching you can apply the bleach
I used the same method and process as in Part 2 of the previous post
Once you've left the bleach on for the desired length of time, it's time to snip the threads and rinse your tee through
You'll now have something like this


The next step is to add your deep v to the back of your tee
Firstly fold your tee in half to find the centre and draw on and cut out your desired v shape





Next you'll place your lace or ribbon pieces across the v like so


Once you are happy with the positioning, you can pin and sew in place (I used a stretch zig zag stitch on my machine but you can always do this by hand)
I then cut the sleeves off about 2cm from the shoulder seam and added side slits to the tee to make it a looser fit

Here's the end result




To emphasise the front cowl I pulled on the jersey a little to ease it outwards slightly to help with the drape

Hope you've enjoyed this 3-part post and are eager to try your own reverse tie dye techniques

Happy crafting!




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DIY Reverse Tie-Dye in 3 Techniques:Part 2~Dipped hem circle effect with macrame detailing

So this is the second part of the post about reverse tie dye techniques. This tutorial will show you how to create a dipped hem tee with macrame detailing to the front and back.

All you need for this tutorial is:
Plain old tee
Household bleach
Fabric scissors
Elastic bands or hair bands
Needle and thread
Air erasable fabric marker

To make something like this:
All you need to start is a plain t shirt (I used one of my hubby's old ones)




The next step is to pinch pieces of the fabric into a point.
It can be as random or as precise as you like.


Tie these pinches up with your elastic bands


Continue with this technique all over the tee until you think you have enough to create a good effect once bleached



Once you've finished you can apply the bleach.
I mixed a strong bleach mixture with little water in a bucket and soaked my tee in it for about 30 minutes.
I then left it out in the sun to help enhance the design, rotating and turning frequently to ensure even bleaching.
Once you've left the bleach on for the desired length of time, it's time to snip the bands and rinse your tee through
You'll now have something like this



The next step is to add your macrame neckline.
You need to draw on 2 lines along the front and back of your tee.
Your macrame knotting will sit between these two lines



Once you're happy with your neckline, you can begin slashing.
Simply cut from one line to the other in evenly spaced distances




Once you've done this, just pull your tee a little to 'curl' the t shirt pieces

To create the knots you need to take one piece and place it over the one next to it, then pull the next one through that loop until you've gone right the way around






Secure the last piece by stitching into the shoulder seam
To create your dipped hem, fold your tee in half through the middle.


Draw on a shape you're happy with that is flatter towards the centre front and slopes down and even out at the back again


Et Voila!....











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DIY Reverse Tie-Dye in 3 Techniques:Part 1~Striped Sleevless Tee

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to apply tie-dye techniques to garments, without using dye. This is a reverse tie-dye technique using ordinary household bleach in place of dyes. The Tutorial will be split into 3 separate posts for easy reading. The first Technique is how to create a striped effect.
For this DIY you will need:
A plain sleeveless Tee
Household bleach
Rubber bands or Elastic hair bands
A Bowl or other vessel to bleach your tee in
The end results should look like this:
The top I used was £5 in the sale from TOPSHOP and already had the sleeves cut off, so all I had to do was bleach it.
To get this effect firstly you need to roll the top into a tight tube, from left to right

Once you have your tubular shape, you need to start wrapping your rubber bands around, holding the tee in place and creating a resist to the bleach


Once you have added your desired amount of bands, you're ready to add the bleach
I used a pipette to add it to the areas I wanted, but you can always put the whole tee in a bucket of bleach or dip it in, up to the required amount


Then let the bleach do it's magic! I pinned mine to the washing line as it was a sunny day, and this way it got equal sun coverage


Once it has gone the desired colour...unveil the magic!
Simply cut or pull your bands off your top
Pop it in the wash on a quick cycle or rinse to get rid off excess bleach...let dry and see the results




Hope you have fun creating your own stripey reverse tie dye tee!
Stay tuned for part 2!





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