Today I am showing you how to create a stylish shibori dyed sundress from for an old favorite dress that I no longer can wear! This is a great way to recycle too. You can do this to a shirt, sheets, or pillowcases. I decided to dip it into a vat of bright blue dye. Ever since I dyed my pillows using the shibori dyeing method I have been obsessed. I love dyeing fabrics and creating different designs on them.
Shibori is a Japanese method of dyeing which is over hundred years old. It’s done with indigo, but you can apply the same techniques with other dyes.
- Wash the dress and dry it.
- Fold it lengthwise into one long fold.
- Fold it into an accordion, reversing fold different directions.
- At each end add a piece of wood & wrap a rubber band around the whole square several times. It does not matter which way.
- Add it to the pail of the dye mixture.
- RIT Indigo Blue
- Gallon of hot water
- Wooden spoon
- 1 Cup of salt
- Large pail
- Plastic gloves
Mix all the ingredients together in a large pail outside of course. Carefully add the dress that has been folded into a square into the hot mixture. Let stay in sit for one hour. Rinse with water until it’s clear.
I kept the dress in the dye a little less than one hour to create a lighter pattern and color. You can control the color by how long you leave it in the dye. For brighter color leave it in longer.
If this is something you have been wanting to do by all means try it. It’s really lots of fun and its pretty easy to do as long as you organize everything a head of time and use old pails.