I’ve become a little obsessed with this “reverse dying” thing. I actually wanted to tie dye some shirts with my girls, so I went to the store and grabbed one of those big dye packs. Turns out, that I’ve been enjoying this reverse dying even more than tie dying. To be honest, I think that the “impatient” part inside of me likes this method better. The results are faster and immediate.
The changes are drastic. It’s tough to determine what each shirt will look like in the end, but that is kind of the fun side of it.
It’s such a super fast and easy DIY. I just poured about 3 parts bleach to 2 parts water, tied up my shirt with a bunch of rubber bands, and dipped it in the bleach water. Make sure to wear gloves and a mask, as bleach is brutal on our systems. This is shirt one…
I didn’t have any specific method for tying each shirt. I bunched up the fabric and tied it with a rubber band. I wasn’t really looking to get a “tie dye” pattern with these shirts. I kind of wanted them to be more subtle.
I let this shirt sit in the bleach water for about 20 second and then rinsed it out. There was more color left in weird places than I desired, so I wadded it back up, tied it with rubber bands, and placed it back in the bleach water for about 3 minutes. I did this yet another time, until all of the darker color was gone. I rinsed out the bleach with my hose until the water ran clear and then washed in my washing machine with detergent and hot water. Can you even believe the difference?!
My 16 year old daughter said that this is her favorite shirt that she owns right now. That pretty much means that I’m a fashion designer.
I used the same technique on this tank top and the rest of the shirts here…
I do love the way this one turned out too. The first sweatshirt it by far my fave, but this has even more drastic color variations, which I love!
I was wondering how this gray one would turn out. I didn’t think I would get much of an effect, since it was a lighter color.
I love the light grey/white colors in the result!
I forgot to take a before of this t-shirt. It was a black t-shirt to start with. I love the subtle differences in this one.
Have you ever tried reverse dying? Do you think it’s something that you would try? It sure is a fun and addicting process! I wouldn’t be surprised if everything that I own is bleached by the end of the week. I need to tie myself down with some rubber bands before I bleach my whole closet!
Which shirt is your fave? I would love to hear if you try this on some shirts of your own!