Tuesday, October 30, 2012

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Hello! The other month, I saw that one of my favorite button-up shirts had been ruined by the help. She had accidentally bleached some streaks into it. I couldn't really use it after that so it had been collecting dust and taking up space in my closet.This is what the bleached part looks like.

I've been seeing a lot of these ombre pieces on online stores lately (especially the ones on Instagram), and I tried to see if there was hope for my poor shirt. I then decided to experiment a bit. Tada! A DIY for ombre. :) DON'T FORGET TO WEAR GLOVES IF YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS. My fingers are currently green at the moment.

Step 1. Get your dye.

I got these at National Bookstore. As you can see, a sachet only costs P5. Make sure you get at least 2 colors, one being lighter than the other. Since my shirt was green, I decided to keep it green (also because they didn't have pink and purple. I have another ruined bleached shirt anyway, I can use those colors on that). 

Step 2: Since it's been ruined by bleach, ruin it some more! 

Since this is just an experiment, I thought to bleach the shirt entirely first. I'm not quite sure why I did this, but I just.. did. Hahaha. Oh, and it turned orange instead of the bleach white I expected. Maybe because I didn't wait for it to dry before I dyed it? I'm not sure.I couldn't take a picture of this part because my camera was being used by my governess to take a picture of the dog. I don't know either.

Step 3: Prepare the soak-age.

Boil some water, then put the water into a container where you plan on soaking your shirt. I didn't bother taking pictures of this part. No, actually, I just forgot to. Oops. After you put your water into your container, mix in the first color, along with a tsp of salt.

Step 4: Soak-age!

Submerge the shirt in the dyed water (but only until a certain point, since it's supposed to turn out ombre). Leave it there to soak for about 6 minutes or more. Or until you feel like repeating all the steps again for the next color.

Here's what you should be seeing when you've repeated all the steps again for the second color.

And when you're done, this is what it should look like! Just leave it there to hang dry by itself for a while.

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