I had such a blast making this ombre dyed t-shirt halter dress for my girl.
Here’s another one I made in a different color. Orange you dyeing to make this? 🙂
Well, you can with my free T-shirt Halter PDF pattern. It’s a super-quick and super-cute tee refashion. Don’t miss the doll-size instructions on the last page!
The t-shirt began as a plain white tee, a hand-me-down from her big brother. We had a blast dyeing it green with the help of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.
I followed the instructions for Jo-Ann’s Go Green Ombre Dyed T-shirt. This was the first time I’ve ever dyed fabric, so I was a little nervous, but it was really no big deal.
The plastic containers in the dye party pack already have all the dye inside – to prepare it, you simply add water to the fill line and shake it up. The pack includes 5 containers – that’s enough for 10 shirts, people!
The pack also includes plastic gloves, which came in handy. I didn’t think I would really need them since I would just be using the applicator and a paintbrush, but you need to touch the shirt every once in awhile, so use them! My 6-year old girl and I set up our worktable in the garage, put one of daddy’s old t-shirts on, and we were ready.
Starting with damp t-shirts is the way to go. Just follow the Go Green Ombre Dyed T-shirt directions.
I applied the dye, and my lil’ girl dragged it down with a wet paintbrush. Worked like a charm.
I recommend applying half the bottle of dye all at once at the beginning, and then paint it down. If you come back and apply more dye, let’s say mid-way down the shirt, the dye streaks are more visible and harder to blend.
She just kept dipping the paintbrush in water and dragged the dye down the shirt. The ombre was an almost effortless result – so easy! And she LOVED doing it.
We both made one and let them sit overnight to dry. I think I like hers better than mine!
The next day we rinsed them under cool water to remove the excess dye, washed in the washing machine with hot water and a little detergent, then tumble dried. Then I refashioned the t-shirt into a halter with my free T-shirt Halter PDF pattern.
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