September 11, 2012

Dyed Maxi Skirt Tutorial

The other day I sewed a long maxi skirt with a high waist.  I wanted to give it some more visual interest, so I decided to dye the bottom of it.  Here's how it turned out.  (It actually is a skirt, but I have a matching shirt on with it to make it look like a dress.)


After sewing the skirt, the dye process was pretty easy.  I used the Tulip one-step dye.  


It comes with a bottle that already has powder in it.  You just add the water to the line and you're set.  The package even has a set of gloves in it.  I got mine at JoAnn's with a coupon.



I poured mine into a spray bottle.  I also had some Tulip fabric spray at home that I used at the bottom of the skirt as well.  The other spray bottle was filled with water.


So here's how it went down.  I took my skirt, put on my safety goggles, and hung it in my lab.  Okay, it was really just my garage...and I didn't have goggles.  I put a drop cloth underneath.


I spray the middle section with water.  That way when I sprayed the dye it wouldn't show the actual spray marks, but it would blend well onto the gray.  This is key.


Then I sprayed the dye.


Lastly, I sprayed the fabric spray and let it all dry.


The colors all blend well when you spray them at the same time.  If you don't want to see the wrinkles int the fabric you have to hold out the skirt as you spray.  Or, if you like the wrinkles for texture (like the picture below) you can just spray away.


And you have a one-of-a-kind look.  If you don't sew, you could easily buy a plain skirt and dye the bottom as well.  I think it would look pretty with just one color at the very bottom, too.


Thanks for reading.


- Now that I have a child in school I'm noticing the things that have changed since I was in school.  What's with the ban on flip flops?

- We're in the week-long process of making rock candy and I think it's working!  I'll show you later this week.

30 comments:

  1. CUte! I love maxi dresses and skirts!

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  2. Cute skirt! The flip-flop ban has to do with running during PE or recess and how that's more difficult to do in flip-flops. Lots of tripping and stubbed toes.

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  3. Skirt looks great on you, just so you know.
    My first started school last year and the thing that surprised me was how many mom wore workout clothes. Okay if they are gonna go workout, but half of them are still wearing them when they pick up their kid. I just don't get it.

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    1. My youngest just started preschool & I noticed that as well! I'm just glad my life isn't so busy that I have to wear running clothes & shoes all day! :-)

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    2. Sometimes I think I'm the only mother NOT in workout clothes.

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  4. Dyed hair, dyed skirt :) You're rocking lady! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and projects on your blog, I always love reading about them!

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  5. I love that skirt. Very cute! Maybe I should whip up one for my sister.

    As for flip-flops, I think it's a safety thing. There's very little protection for those tiny toes! Plus, if they're on the play equipment, those shoes aren't very stable/slip resistent. The munchkin I nanny for isn't allowed to wear shoes that have an open heel so no flipflops or slip ons. She can wear sandals though, which have open toes... so go figure! I think once they hit middle school and high school the rules get more relaxed. Okay, maybe other people's schools. My middle school had an uber strict dress code and my high school was no different. :)

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  6. awesome technique... Project Run & Play Season 5 is currently going on & Week #3 is the white sheet challenge, where you can sew anything out of a white sheet, dye it, paint it, embellish it, etc. This is a perfect example of what could be done with the white sheet challenge :)

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  7. Yep my kids are in a daycare and no open toed shoes are allowed - for safety reasons!
    Love this skirt and really love how it looks like a dress with that top - cute!

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  8. I used to work in a daycare before I became a stay at home mum, and let me tell you, the sandal ban? Best thing in the world. I know it's a nuisance, but those little toes get stubbed, kids trip when they are running with their friends, they are sometimes a pain in the butt to get on, and so on and so on. As a mum, I get how annoying the ban is, but as a child care worker, I get the importance!

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  9. Ooh this is so pretty! I love how it looks like you dipped it into fabric dye. The colors are so perfect!

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  10. LOVE this skirt idea!! Turned out FAB! .. SO glad I found your blog!

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  11. I love this idea! Did you follow a pattern for the skirt?

    Also, congrats on having your fabulous bag featured here:
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  12. I've taken time off from reading blogs/blogging etc so I don't know when you did it but I LOVE your hair! So super cute! I've always wished I could have a short cut like that but I have way too much hair! Love the color in it as well! You are too cute. Ok, the skirts cute too :)

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  13. So simple, but really, really cute! Love your hair too! :-)

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  14. Beautiful technique. Love it!

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  15. i am IN LOVE w this skirt, seriously! my fav colors are gray and purple!

    school has become pretty crazy around here too. flip flops are allowed, but we are a health and wellness school which means physical activity almost every school day so we just do tennis shoes or converse. fashion wise- its a breeze with a boy, my girl was harder! lol my boy doesnt like to wear flip flops bc of all the small gravel from the play ground! their shorts also have to extend past fingers when arms are at their sides and no tank tops or strappy shirts. those i can really appreciate. but if they bring their lunch, they have to drink water (no juice, gatoraide, no flavor packs, ect) and for school events like cake walks, classroom parties, or birthdays they prefer but dont yet require store bought food. what?!?!?! the BEST part of a cakewalk was winning homemade cookies or a big fat chocolate cake!!! thats a little extreme to me.

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    1. Count your blessings. We are no longer allowed to bring ANY food for parties, Valentines, Halloween, birthday, etc. If the children bring in something it has to be a non-eatable treat, like a pencil. Very, very frustrating!!!

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  17. oh, one more thing!! haha this is something i AM proud of with our school. we still say the pledge in the mornings! and at football games the national anthem is played by the band! and people stand and take their hats off and put their hand over their heart. they dont pray anymore, in hs there was always a student who would pray over the intercom. but horray for american pride!!!

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  18. How did you make the skirt? Do you already have a tutorial on the site? If not, do you think you would share the pattern with us? I need a simple pattern to start with my clothes sewing and you can never have too many skirts! (Especially when you don't feel like shaving your legs...) :-)

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  19. I love the finished look. And how fun to have a matching shirt so you can have the dress look too. I will have to look around for that dye. It would be fun to do with a shirt as well.

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  20. Ooooo! Can't wait to see the rock candy!!

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  21. I liked you idea very-very much)) Please, show us how to make the skirt))))))
    Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

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  22. Very pretty, i think i could even do this with my Kya. P.s. i normally never the background but i noticed your shoes cause i have them too, same color even, i think.

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  23. Adorable skirt! I never thought of spraying dye before. Thanks for the tip!

    And we have the flip flop ban, too (though sandals with straps on the back are ok). Worse though is the ban on tag. Yes, the kids are not allowed to play tag!! I suppose it's so they don't fall and scrape their knees on the concrete, though all of my kids have managed to get hurt on the playground (multiple times) anyway.

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  24. Ooooo! Love the look! I've never dyed before but guess what I'll be trying out while the boys are both in school tomorrow :) :) :) Thanks for the idea and all the tips! You amaze me!

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  25. That skirt is sweet awesome cool. I love it.

    Flip flops-- yes, it's true and pretty lame. The only explination given to me was that they don't want injured toes and feet at recess. It's a jungle at recess and it can totally happen to you. However, my kids are completely on board with the no flip rule because they consider recess to be majorly intense and flips would get in the way of their true potential as serious athletes. No joke. It gives me the giggles.

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  26. Flip flop ban is okay in my opinion for elementary kids. By middle school, if they wear flip flops and get hurt, well, they're old enough to know better.

    But some of the other bans listed on here are ridiculous! Also, our local high school just banned book bags. Book. Bags. Plus, they are not giving the students additional time to go to their lockers between classes, so these poor kids are trying to carry their mountains of books between classes. If they're that concerned about safety, the school should provide transparent bags for the kids to use.

    I think society is just nutso in general. We no longer can serve milk at lunch because one kid in the whole school has a milk allergy?!? Come on. A severe peanut allergy I could understand, since sometimes that can be set off by even being in the same room as peanuts, but most milk allergies require the milk to be ingested.

    When I was a kid, if you had an uncommon allergy, it was up to YOU to protect your health - to avoid consuming the things that would make you sick - it was not everybody else's responsibility to limit their lunches because of you.

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