Can you believe I made this super cute shirt out of a plain white shirt?
I got the design of the shirt from Laura Lynn's Bits n Bobs. She has a great picture tutorial on her blog on how to sew this cute shirt. But before I started sewing I really wanted to to ombre tie dye the shirt. It wasn't an epic fail but I did run into some complications so the shirt didn't quite have the ombre effect that I wanted, BUT I still really like how the shirt turned out.
So this is what I did to tie dye the shirt - mistakes and all!
1. Start with a Damp shirt - that part is pretty simple. I wanted to do the tie dying outside but not on the grass and I didn't want to stain my driveway so I put and garbage bag underneath. (I was very proud of myself for being so smart!)
2. I put the dye coloring in a squirt bottle so I could control the color and sprayed the bottom third of the shirt. I used a good portion of the die because I wanted the bottom to have the strongest color. (The wind started to blow so I had to hold the shirt down with rocks - man I am a problem solver!)
3. I diluted the spray bottle with water to weaken the color and sprayed the middle section of the shirt.
4. Added more water to the spray bottle so the color is really diluted and sprayed the top of the shirt.
5. I wanted to let the shirt sit for awhile and really absorb the dye so I went inside and watched some tv. Then it rained - and rained A LOT. Later when I went to check on my shirt it was pretty much laying in a puddle of water. I think this is really the step that my ombre look was ruined because the rain water made everything blend.
6. I pulled the shirt under the car port so it would hopefully drive out a little and let it sit for the rest of the night.
The next morning I rinsed the shirt and threw it in the dryer to dry.
This is how it looked straight out of the dryer before I did any alterations to it. It is not ombre but I still really like the color.
Then I started sewing on the shirt to make it even cuter.
Laura really does have a great tutorial on her blog and that is what I followed to create my shirt. So no sense in recreating what has already been done! You can go here for the tutorial.
This is my new Shirt! I love it!