Monday, September 10, 2012

{dee.i.y} dip-dyed cardi

on the weekend i dip dyed (using bleach) an old grey cardi i had and i pretty much couldn't be more deelighted with how it turned out!
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here's how:: 
1. grab an old or thrifted cardi.
2. pour the bleach into a jar to the desired height (remembering that the bleach will absorb upwards a little) 
3. place ends evenly and put a rubber band around your cardi to hold them in place (so that your bleach line is straight)
4. *carefully* dip your cardi in the jar for about 5 minutes, then *carefully* rinse well.
this cardi has been a faithful favourite and i'm so happy it's been given a new life. i know i'm going to wear it a LOT in the evenings this summer.
will you try it?
i'd love to hear how it goes!

x

22 comments:

  1. Cool! So you used straight bleach? And was your cardi wool or acrylic?? Love this!

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    1. good questions Clare :)
      i used fabric-safe (Janola) bleach.
      my cardi is acrylic - 72% rayon, 28% nylon.
      d.

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  2. That's fantastic! I love it. Looks like a sunset.

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  3. Soooooo awesome! Love this idea!!!

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  4. One thing to be aware of, never use bleach on wool or other protein fibres, it destroys them. I use bleach to test if yarn is wool; if I leave it in long enough and it's wool it dissolves completely away.

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  5. Awesome! And green pants! You are so hip! ;)

    x

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  6. Love it! That kind of effect really reminds me of the beach and a singlet I basically lived in while camping at the beach as a teenager one Summer :)

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  7. Cool! I am putting aside a pile of to-be-bleached clothing, might add a cardi to the pile too!

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  8. I like! Very summery, especially with the mint jeans. Must keep my eye out on the op shop racks.

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  9. I'm gunna have to try this! I have a cardigan in mind already. I haven't worn it in months.

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  10. LOVING your new look cardi - go you - trendy Mama

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  11. have you thought about dying it again and getting another lighter/whiter shade at the bottom too? could be cool for the next project!

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  12. Gorgeous. And, such a great idea. Can't wait to see what you do next. Cx

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  13. Oooohh, you are fantastic! LOVIN' this! And those pants...!

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  14. Your cardi looks amazing. I am definitely going to give this ago. You mentioned that you used fabric safe Janola - is this the regular strength? Would you reccomend diluting the bleach with water?
    Also where did you get your beautiful mint coloured jeans?
    Very clever idea :)

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  15. Ahh! That's such a great idea. I definitely want to try it:) Thanks for sharing.

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  16. If you got the sweater wet first you'd get a softer fade, less of a line across. Also, bleach will continue to eat at fabric long after you use it, rinse with vinegar after and it will stop the bleaching agents.

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