I go to a gym class three times a week, every week, so I am now the proud owner of a lot of sportswear. I find that at this time of the year, vest tops (the sports shop top staple) are a little too chilly, so I decided to fashion my own loud, lurid t-shirts.
Last Saturday I popped into Primark in Nottingham to buy a plain navy t-shirt and a plain white t-shirt, for a whopping £2 each. They are both 100% cotton, meaning they should be quite receptive to both dye and bleach.
Yesterday I made my creations, ready for cardio tonight.
With the navy t-shirt, I dampened the t-shirt, then made up a quite bleach-heavy solution with water in an old spray bottle. I sprayed a bit on, and then tipped a bit out and then waited. I did this on both sides, flipping it over and then leaving it flat. (I did this in the shower tray, as I figured it didn’t matter if bleach was sprayed around in there.) You start to see the pattern emerge after a few minutes, so it’s just a case of waiting for the desired effect to appear. Once I was happy with the level of bleaching, I dunked the whole thing into a bucket of warm water and rinsed it thoroughly. I then hand washed it to make sure that all excess dye and bleach was out, and chucked it into the washing machine. Results in the picture below!
With the white t-shirt, I dampened it, then twisted it up together and tied bands of string around it. Then I made up a packet of Dylon hand dye as per the packet, in the colour Rainforest Green, then popped one end of my twisted up t-shirt in. It needed to be in the solution for an hour, so I just kept moving more of it in, to get a dip dye effect. The whole t-shirt was submerged in the end for only about 10 minutes. Then I heaved it out, being sure to wear rubber gloves, and rinsed it out. Once there was less green water coming out, I snipped all the string out and rinsed it again. I then chucked it into the washing machine.
(FYI, I ran both t-shirts with my bath towels in my washing machine, usual cotton cycle at 30 degrees – nothing ended up dyed a different colour.)
I’m pretty excited to wear one of these tonight! What do you think?
The finished results…