So I am a bit of a grot sometimes, and somehow always end up staining my white clothes. I seriously don’t even know why I buy white things any more… but I have found a solution other than wearing a bib or throwing out stained clothes- dye!
The inevitable happened to my white Sweet Sweater from Heart of Haute (buy your own here, https://www.heartofhaute.com/collections/sweaters/products/sweet-sweater-white if you can keep it clean lol!) but despite using pre-wash stain removers, and even bleaching it a few times, this stain would not budge. I did not want to get rid of it, so I decided to dye it… and while I was at it I decided to dye my white Vixen top (https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/462289823/in-stock-vixen-top-in-white-by-vixen-by?ref=shop_home_active_45) too, as I kept getting make-up on the collar!
I went down to my local Spotlight and bought some fabric dye- Jacquard iDye in Purple and iDye Poly in Violet.
I needed both types of dye as both tops were a blend of cotton and lycra. The lycra content also meant that I had to use the stovetop method, so I bought a big, cheap pot, and a cheap ladle- as equipment that has been used to dye fabric cannot be used afterwards for food preparation.
I followed the instructions on the packs which are very clear, and also had the websites FAQ open and on hand- these are very clear so I won’t rehash them here, I’ll just highlight the main points.
I filled the pot with water, just enough to cover the clothing yet allow it move freely- constant agitation is the key to achieving a uniform colour so the fabric needs to be able to move around in the water.
Once the water, dissolved dye packets, and clothing were at a rolling boil, I stood at the stove for 45 min, constantly stirring the entire time!!! Definitely felt like Hermoine Granger in a Potions class! https://goo.gl/photos/N1Q5Urkouerpa9do9
I used rubber gloves to take the clothes out of the pot once they had cooled, as I didn’t really fancy purple palms. I squeezed out as much excess liquid as I could before putting the tops in the wash on a gentle cycle, but some purple bubbles still managed to seep up out of the floor drain- much to my husbands’ horror!! Nothing an old towel couldn’t mop up though.
And now the moment you have been waiting for- the final outcome!
I could not be happier with how it turned out- exactly the colour I wanted, not patchy, and no blindingly white thread! There was a slight transfer of the dye onto the inside waistband of my skirt, but only minor and should come out in the wash!
Happy DIY dyeing x