25.4.12

DIY Tie / Dip / Ombre / Marble Dying

   I jumped on the current blogging bandwagon and had a go at some DIY dying. I'm a DIY clothes freak and I'm glad I did this - I'm so pleased with the results! I was also extremely keen to give the ombre jumper look a shot, as I love this  one in Topshop, but can't justify spending £45 on a jumper. I saw Lucy from Lucy Boots was making similar jumpers (she's making and selling them by the way!) so it gave me some courage to get DIY dying. I thought I might as well try out other dying techniques too, as one packet of dye goes a long way! I ordered some Dylon Powder Pink dye, a plain white t-shirt, a beige jumper (the first one I ordered was too small... you'll see what happened to that) and another (larger!) beige jumper.

   First off, I gave tie dying a go as I'm most familiar with it - it took me back to year 7 art lessons! I just tied bits of the material up with string using this Dylon dying guide. I followed the instructions on the back of the dye and mixed it up - easy as pie. Then I chucked the tee in (damp so I could control the colour better), stirred it for a while until it was the colour I wanted then again followed the instructions on the packet.



   Then I gave the marble dying technique a shot, as explained on the Dylon guide. It's quite a pale, subtle effect but I do quite like it. This was made from a jumper that I cut up as it was too small for me! I left this one in for about 15 minutes.



   But my favourite DIY piece I made was the Topshop jumper replica. Minus the studs and the neckline, it's really similar. I got the original jumper here on ebay for anyone that's interested. I dipped half of it into the dye, but then focused on the bottom third, making sure to keep the very bottom of the jumper always submerged. It came out just how I wanted it! I think the key thing was putting the jumper in whilst damp, as controlling the level of colour is tricky! This cost me under a tenner to make!




    Link me to your DIY posts (I love them!) and let me know what you think!
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  1. I've been meaning to do this for soo long! And do some studding, but I always forget/get lazy haha.
    These look really cute! I especially love the jumper at the end :) x

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    1. I really enjoyed doing it! I got bored of doing uni work so I just decided I'd do it one day after I'd ordered it all! Glad you like them! xx

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  2. I've been doing this too! So much cheaper! :) How do you do the marbling? xx

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    1. Says here http://www.heart-educational.co.uk/pdfs/info_tips/Traditional_Tie_Dyeing.pdf :) xx

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  3. Love this, the topshop one is ridiculously priced!
    Doing it yourself is so much more rewarding x

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    1. Definitely! I want to wear them all the time haha! xx

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  4. Love how soft and sweet it has come out, dip dye/tie dye is definitely something I have got to try out. Sam x

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    1. Yeah, it's just what I was looking for! I didn't want to go overly 90's with brash colours (also I'm a bit of a pink freak at the moment..!). Let me know if you give it a go :) Would love to see the results xx

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  5. Great DIY! I love the topshop style jumper you've done, I really want one! Definitely gonna have to try this myself!

    Thanks for checking out my blog
    Becca xoxo
    www.fashion-train.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! I'm really pleased with it! xx

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  6. I love the third one, I'm too scared to try it myself though as I'm crap at anything like that! Perhaps I'll ask a friend! Good to know you're from the South West too! xx

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    1. Glad you like it :) Aww I'm sure you could do it too! I think I was pretty lucky mine came out ok! xx

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    2. Love this DIY definatley gonna have a go at it :) especially the Topshop replica one X

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  7. They turned out really great! Congrats! :) The Topshop one is way overpriced for what it is!

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    1. It really is! Was tempted to add the studs on the shoulders but I've grown to like it as it is! xx

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  8. I saw the Topshop one this morning and thought it was waaay too expensive for what it was! This is such a gorgeous alternative :) I might have to try myself!
    You can also get cheap studs on ebay so I might try and stud it up too x

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    1. Yeah! I was going to stud mine but I have grown to love it as it is haha :) Also - just washed it and it's washed up well! The dye doesn't seem to have budged :)! xx

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  9. Heyyy what toner did you use on your hair before you dyed it pink?xx

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    1. I normally use Wella Koleston Special Blonde in one of the violet ash shades, but I had used it about a 2 weeks before I dyed it pink so I just refreshed it a bit with purple shampoo and left it on 5 minutes :) xx

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