Happy New Year, readers!
To help fight those winter blues, I’m going to show you a few projects that I did for my summer holiday wardrobe back in September, starting with a rather nice blouse.
This 100% cotton blouse is so thin it’s pretty much cheesecloth. I bought this in the St Francis Hospice Shop in Romford for a very reasonable £3.00.
It’s size 14 but I’m going for a loose fitting look so I left the size as-is.
Dip dyed garments were very popular with DIY bloggers over the summer as the ‘ombre’ look was so popular, so there are a million tutorials out there about this; here’s my take on it anyway.
You need some dye, some water and some salt plus a bucket and some old rubber gloves. Definitely, definitely wear the gloves.
Here’s what I did. I filled the bucket to about a third full with water and dipped the shirt in completely so it was all wet. Having the shirt wet before you start helps the dye take evenly. I rung it out so that it wasn’t dripping and hung it on the hanger. I wrapped the sleeves around the top of the hanger, since I didn’t want to dye them, but that’s up to you.
I stirred in a third of a packet of Dylon Flamingo Pink dye (I’m using the kind for handwashing), plus two tablespoons of salt.
For the first dip, I quickly dipped the shirt in up to almost the armpits and took it out again immediately.
For the second dip, I dipped it in not quite as far, left it for 10 or 20 seconds and pulled it out.
For the third dip, I added a bit more dye from the packet before dipping only the bottom bit of the shirt in for about a minute.
I let this air-dry hanging up. Don’t lie it flat and don’t forget to put something below it to catch any drips.
Here’s how it turned out; I’m really pleased with it and wore it a lot on holiday. The pictures on the beach were taken at Le Treport, France. The beach is pebbles but there is a really cute lighthouse! Enjoy!