Learn about DIY fashion and how to make Tie-Dye garments effectively. Surely you have read or seen these initials more than once hanging around, and you do not know what it really means to this day.
DIY stands for “Do it yourself.” With which we refer to those things that we manufacture and make with our own hands and means.
It could be associated with artisanal products. Since these are made by hand without standardized industrial processes.
However, anything from a needle and thread stitch to the application of a glitter detail can be considered DIY.
Emergence of DIY
This term was born in the United States in the early 1970s. Given the need to promote responsible consumption based on recycling and self-management and confront capitalism and the consumer industry and industrialization.
The objective was to curb excessive purchases and encourage savings through manual work.
Today, although the practice of DIY does not seek to wage war on consumption as such, it maintains its objective. Which is saving by reusing those garments that perhaps have not been used for a long time. Or that were damaged somewhere, and you intend to discard.
Such is the relevance that this practice has taken that there are countless websites, magazines, and other materials, that teaches you how you can reform and make pieces with your hands and a few additional things. All without incurring large expenses, always pointing to not discarding those old clothes.
Certainly, DIY does not only cover the textile or clothing field. But an endless number of things such as decorations for the house for personal use. Today, we will focus on those adaptations you can make to part of your wardrobe. As well as we will explain one of the most popular DIY techniques: Tie Dye.
Regardless of how old you are or what decade you were born in, by now, you should know what the Tie Dye style or trend is.
Because we allude to time, this technique became popular in the 60s. All thanks to those hippie currents brought by musicians, being the heyday of these prints in the 90s.
However, the fury passed over time, and like many fashions, no sign of it was seen until 2020. That´s when it returns triumphantly and with great force to the windows and our wardrobes.
Everything became Tie Dye again. From classic t-shirts to shoes, sportswear, mobile phone cases, pop sockets, and endless other products. They had this pattern, making it clear to us and affirming that everything comes back again. So, if you are a fan of this trend, keep reading. Because we will teach you to step by step how to make your creations at home.
How to do it effectively?
Since then, everyone from top designers to kids at school has experimented with tie-dye. Because it gives clothes a fun and unique look and is easy to do.
- Select the garment you want to dye. Preferably cotton material, as synthetic fabrics do not tend to absorb dye easily.
- Rubber bands.
- Paint or clothing dye (colors of your choice).
- Container for soaking clothes.
- Plastic gloves.
- Pair of scissors.
We mentioned this before. To have a particular result, you must have selected the pattern to be stamped. And then know how you are going to proceed, so we mention the different types that exist:
It is the most popular and circular, alluding to the shape of a spiral.
You must place the shirt flat or stretched out on the floor or a table to achieve this effect. And then, take the part of the garment where you want the spiral detail to be and twist it circularly. Fix the part of the knotted fabric with one of the leagues to form several sections. You will dye with different colors, either with an applicator or by introducing the part into the dye container.
To obtain this pattern, you must fold the flannel vertically or horizontally, as you prefer.
Starting at the top in equal sections and repeating until there is only a flat bar left. And then proceed with the garter to make sections perpendicularly in the folds.
Once this is done, you apply the dye between each section formed to create strips. If you start from the top or bottom and it is folded lengthwise, you will get vertical stripes. And if you do it on the side, they would be stripes horizontally.
This pattern can only be achieved with a t-shirt. And to do it, you must place it flat on an equal surface and take it right in the middle. Lifting it and making it hang vertically from where it is being held.
Then, place rubber bands along the garment to create uniform sections. From the tip to the end to form a rope. And you are going to dye each section with the color or colors you want and thus obtain circles one within the other.
It comes to be a marbled effect.
You just have to take the shirt or t-shirt and wrinkle it to form a circle to achieve it.
And with the league, you will generate sections which you will dye either with one pain or several according to your taste.
Some sections will be blank, and thus the effect will have more visibility.
The Dyeing Process
Fill the container with water
Here, you will take the container and deposit cold water. Then wear the gloves, and have the rubber bands, plastic bags, and dyes on hand that must be previously mixed with warm water.
Soak the clothes
You will take the garment you will dye and put it in the container, verifying that it is all wet. Since, in this way, the dye will be fixed much better. Just make sure that it is not so wet that it drips.
Select the pattern
And proceed to do the same with the leagues.
Apply the dye
You will take the dye bottles and carefully apply the paint to each section.
Until you complete the process according to the selected pattern.
Once you’ve applied the dye to each section and have your flannel ready, store it in a plastic bag. And then let it sit for 24 hours, so the paint sets. If you leave it for less time, you run the risk of the ink running.
Once the 24 hours have passed, rinse the garment in cold water by hand to remove excess dye until it comes out clean.
After this, wash it in a washing machine without any other piece of clothing and also in cold water. And then proceed to dry. An important fact, for better fixation of the color and for it to be more vivid, drying in a dryer at a high temperature is recommended.
Other details to consider during the process are:
The dyes should be dissolved in hot water for better fixation and pro results. But not boiling or at a high temperature. And using cold water for the other part of the process.
If you are going to paint several garments, you must work on each one separately. Because the dye could damage everything, and the pattern would be lost.
Find a safe place
It is inevitable to do this process without the dye running or staining the area where you are working. Therefore, choose a place that you can easily wash later. Consequently, avoid places in the house such as the living room, dining room, bedrooms, or others. Similar.
It may be very obvious, but remember to select special dyes for clothes. Since choosing another type may not obtain the desired results.
Other DIY options that you can apply to your clothes
In haberdashery, there is a wide variety of appliqués in shades of blue placed on clothes that you can have to give your garments a new look. Such as rivets, rhinestones even in a Sticker version, already embroidered patches, and endless more to combine with your taste.
If you are a bit more adept with a needle and thread, you can go for appliqué strips like tassels, sparkly rhinestones, fringes, sequins, etc. Then you can arrange them along the neck, sides of the pants, and anywhere else you like.
Another way to modify a piece of clothing is with paint, which you can apply by hand or with a template to give it a specific shape.
DIY gives us the option to let our imagination fly. And bring out our designer skills and make new garments by giving it a second wind.
The success of the results will always be in practice, perseverance, and of course, a good tutorial if you want to guide you to do things to the letter and in an almost professional way.