fabric manipulation pARTy, continued

here’s what i made at last saturday’s pARTy! i thought about modeling everything for you, but i’m feeling bloated this week.

my tank

an old black tank, sprayed with a bleach/water solution.

dyed and dip-dyed t

a tissue t, tie-dyed with orange dye. i’m wearing this one today!

orange tie-dyed t

two-tone t: i first dipped the whole t in grey dye. the t was originally white, and you should dampen fabric before putting in the dye to allow the dye to distribute on the fabric evenly. i forgot that part, so the grey is a bit uneven. after the grey, i dipped the bottom half into a bucket of denim blue.

orange and blue scarf

scarves! anna did some research into good fabrics to use for scarves. she found us a hemp/cotton organic jersey from hemp traders via christina. it came in tube-form, which was perfect for a simple scarf that you can wrap around your neck 2-3 times. the scarf above was rolled and the ends dipped in orange and blue dye.

blue scarf

this scarf is simple — i just tossed it into the denim blue. after it was rinsed, washed, and dried, the edges faded a little. which i love.

red scarf

and lastly, a giant scarf. it’s about 20 inches wide. i put it in red dye, and then dipped it in orange. after rinsing, i briefly dipped it in the wine/fuchsia bucket. it’s really vibrant for me, but i don’t own anything in a bright red… it’s about time i do.

anna suggested that the dyeing pARTy become an annual event, and i think it’s a fabulous idea! i’ll get a few more buckets so we can have more colors available at a time. we’ll all use industrial rubber gloves, to reduce waste and allow us to handle the hot dyes. i’m already looking forward to it!

happy weekend!

ps : there are more photos from last saturday up on the interwebs! anna wrote a post on acid wash t shirts, and one on tie dye, and rachel wrote a post about drawing with the bleach pens.

16 responses to “fabric manipulation pARTy, continued”

  1. Ali says:

    Wow – that’s a really inspirational wardrobe you have now.

  2. jess says:

    can I come and play too? These are so fantastic! I love love love the last one.

  3. Anna says:

    Oo! I love how they all came out. Very nice. Honestly, I can’t even pick a fav. And love how you photographed them. Way better idea then the hour I spent trying to photograph myself and not show the wrong bulges.

    As for the buckets – Snuffy’s on Cleveland sells their emptied pickle buckets. They’re the same size/material as the ones we used. Last time I was there they had a huge stack in their front window. I can’t remember how much, but they were pretty cheap as I recall.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Love it all! The DIY scarves are such a great idea as they are expensive to buy in shops and I never see ones in fabrics or colours I like, so I think I’ll do my own next time I have a dying session :) Have a great weekend.

  5. cindy says:

    the orange t-shirt is heaven on earth – i love it! love the first scarf, too! enjoy your weekend!

  6. aimee says:

    wow! i love what you did with that tank!

  7. Lori says:

    Nice! I like all of it. I love the orange color of the scarf. You know I’ve never died clothing before- ever. (or made a journal, haha)

  8. Florcita says:

    Love the bright colors. The grey/denim t-shirt is really cool!
    The red scarf is faaaantastic!

  9. rachel awes says:

    the party goes on/i love that i get to savor it w/these postings!!! oh jen, i adore what you made! i can imagine wearing those shirts & scarves a lot!

  10. UK lass in US says:

    They all turned out great. So far I’ve only tried dyeing once and it wasn’t too successful. I ought to give it another go.

  11. jenna says:


    I keep meaning to try dying (dyeing?) fabric, and this might tip me over the edge. I wandered into the insanely curated Jack Spade store last week and was sorely tempted by some “dipped” canvas tote bags that probably wouldn’t be too hard to make. Hmmm.

  12. mon ami says:

    These are amazing! I especially love the scarves.

    you are inspiring me once again

  13. Chandler says:

    I love the two-toned shirt. I’ve never had good luck with dyeing, so I’m in awe of your mad fabric skills.

  14. Jesse says:

    Great results!

  15. kristin says:

    oh, yeah! very cool…all of it. i’d love to see some of it modeled…guess chances are good that i will. i WON’T miss the next one!

  16. Leslie says:

    Ooh, the scarves are my favorite…they look so soft and drapey. My daughter made some necklaces with old t-shirts this summer and they were fun, too.

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