Saturday 12 May 2012

DIY Dip Dyed / Ombre Skirt

I have been desperate to try dip dying for ages so when my Mum gave a white skirt that she had shrunk out of I knew it would be the perfect candidate! I took the skirt in up the side seams so it fitted then got to work...

If you want to do this you will need:

1 light piece of clothing
1 packed of dye suitable for hand dying, not machine dye (I used Dylon Kingfisher)
A kitchen sink or other non-stainable vessel

Wash you piece of clothing (or if you really can't wait just wet it with warm water then ring it out...)

Hideous orange kitchen soon to be replaced!!

Mix up the dye and dissolve the salt in warm water as per your dyes instructions.

Dip the item so the dye is up to the height you want it to start, swirl it about a wee bit then lift it to the next stage.

I left each stage after the initial swirl for about 10 - 15 mins.

Keep lifting until you reach the end and, it is entirely optional, but you could tidy the kitchen as you wait..!

Rinse very very carefully so you don't splash the dye on to the white.

Once you have all the excess dye out, follow the dye instructions, I had to machine wash at 40.

Wait nervously as it washes then marvel at the end result!

Not a great photo, the colour gradient is much more noticeable in real life :)

I think this might just be my new favourite skirt! Now what else do I have in my wardrobe that is white....

Linking to these fab linky parties!


  1. How cool, fresh colour, spring love!

  2. Wow! your new skirt looks amazing. Love the colour too so fresh and summery.

  3. That is so fab. Love the colour!

    Just to let you know I have awarded you the 'Sunshine Award' - details on my blog. Hope you like it!


  4. Gorgeous and great idea.

  5. That is just beautiful Alison! I shall have to try that out!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. Oh how cool! I love the blues!

  7. So beautiful! I dyed me first article of clothing (pants) this winter and this has me itching to try again. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Absolutely great. If there was an after picture of me with this project I would be covered in dye. I would love to try this, but would be quite scared for every near by surface...even in a complete bodysuit I think my clumsy nature might take over. Fantastic tutorial = thank you!

    If you have time, I would love it if you could share them at my festival of the outdoors link up....including cool summer fashions, like this one.

    Rosie xx

  9. beautiful dye job! It looks great!

  10. It looks great, and I love the colour you used!

  11. COol!! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday this week.

  12. Very cool! I will pin this for future reference. I would love to make this for my daughter. Thanks for linking to Handmade Tuesdays. It's great to have you!

  13. I always wondered how to get this ombre effect!

  14. This is so cool, Alison! I had no idea it would be so easy! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial at Homemaker in Heels! Have a great weekend! :)

  15. This turned out beautiful! I don't know if I'll ever have the nerves to do this although you made it seem easy! I discovered you on Happy Hour Projects and I'm now following. I would love if you could follow back! Tx

  16. I love the look of dip dyed ombre! This would look wonderful on a set of curtains too! Going to try! Thanks for sharing with us at tipt toe thru tuesday!

  17. This is awesome! I love the way that the finished product turned out. I agree with Kimberley Sminkey - this would look amazing on a set of curtains!


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