My Crazy Tie Dye Technique.

A few of you commented about my made up tie dye techniques.

Ok, so I admitedly made up this method of tie dying, but Im kind of obsessed with it. It makes the shirt ombre and tie dye in a way that I think is kinda sophisticated- for tie dye. (Hippy dippy sunburst type tie dye is not for me at this point in my life: mother of two.)

I wanted to use traditional Shibori dying methods, but honestly, that level of precision and time consuming tying, while well worth it, is not something I can do while my kids watch tv in the next room. (What a mother I am! Whew! I amaze myself… )So I had to improvise.

Before you get all confused, I wrote this post over a series of a few days, so some of the pictures are from my apartment, and some are from my parents house in NJ.

The Method:

I laid the shirt flat and then I rolled it up from the top, including the arms. Once it was one long roll, including arms, I bent it in half and twisted the two halves together, kinda like braiding challah. And then I folded it again until it looked like a giant knot. Then I dumped it in a bucket of Rit Dye for about a half hour.

The only thing you need to remember is that whatever is on the outside of the roll is going to be the darkest. Hence, the ombre look. (The sides and sleeves are a little darker too.)


(To make this color I mixed Teal, Evening Blue and Gray Rit Dye.)

(Fuchsia Rit Dye, but only dunked for less than 2 minutes. And yes, I am wearing an apron.)

(Black Rit Dye but only for less than 2 minutes in the bath.)

This I made by using the japanese shibori technique. I rolled it (without the stick) and then wrapped it with twine and then folded it, wrapped, folded it and wrapped:

Here is the whole collection drying:

Keep in mind, everything is much lighter when its dry.




And here is a photo of my gorgeous little sister modeling the dress I made last week:

Very subtle. I love it.

All together now:

My next project: I wanted to dye white jeans with black dye, but since I dont fancy the idea of having the ass part of the jeans white, I reversed it so that the butt area got the most color and the legs get the tie dye effect.

What’s kind  of strange is that  I cant figure out why I am obsessed with making tie dye clothes! I dont even like wearing them 1/4 of as much as I like making them!

(Oh, all the clothes I tie dyed were from either American Apparel or Urban Outfitters. Making clothes with shapes you actually want to wear is key!)

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  1. i wanna come over to your house and play!!!

  2. I am excited to see the jeans!!!

  3. They look awesome! I love them!

  4. I love the outcome(s)! I use to love the multi-rainbow color tie dye when I was younger and I totally understand you on the mother part! I really like how the dress came out. White jeans + black dye = winning combination!

  5. Everything looks amazing ! I have not tie dyed anything since I was little…now I really want to again! I wrote about your gorgeous art today on my blog :)


  6. What black heels are you wearing???? Oh, the clothes rock too.


    Rebecca June

  7. Nicole Cohen says:

    Like 4 or 5 years old YSL. I haven’t worn them in a while but I’m ready to bust them out again.

  8. Ooooh! You are so talented. These are amazing. Such an inspiration. I totally want to try this!

  9. im pretty sure i need that dress your sister is wearing the cute tee you are wearing and that nude bracelet im obsessed with…
    missing you missy!
    im moving soon. girls dinner party asap!


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