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Hand job

(reworked bi la li sweater, american apparel t-shirt and sweat pants, marks and spencer sunglasses and wedges.)

No guys, I have not joined a South London gang and now have to wear my left trouser leg up.  I was just styling like that as I was in the hood and should any yoofs have walked past whilst flattie and I were doing our little photoshoot then I would have blending in brilliantly don’t you think?

The main focus of this photo, however, should not be my left shin but  my joomp (technical term for a jumper…not sure whether we were all familiar with that one yet.)

Like I posted here and here I was excited last week to do some dying and breathe some new life into my old clothes.  This joomp was one that needed to be reworked.  I used to be the manager of a small boutique which stocked great little labels and Bi La Li was one of them.  I’ve always loved the shape of this joomp – Long tight sleeves and the detailed neckline but it was beige.  I have no idea why I didn’t dye it years ago as everytime I wore it I felt there was something just not quite right….Yeah!  The fact that I looked ill with that colour next to my face!  Very few people can carry that colour off and for 8 years I thought I was one of them! Pah!

Anyway….Time for it to be reworked.

Dying clothes intimidates a lot of people and I say to those timid peeps, I say:

‘Come here, come on….under my wing, Don’t be scared, follow my lead and you shall have new shining clothes before you can say ‘I love Anthony Costa from Blue’.’

The easiest dyes to use are machine dyes that are best for natural fabrics.  You bung your dye and your salt (to fasten the colour) into the machine along with your clothes and Bob’s your uncle.  (And he was my great uncle so I’m not lying there!)   This joomp is actually cotton so would have been fine for a machine wash but I bought a navy hand dye because I thought I was going to be dying something else that was silk and that wouldn’t been been good in the machine.

So for hand dyes you need:

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • A large container (I used a plastic box) 
  • 500g of salt
  • a measuring jug

The instructions from there on in are pretty simple – Dissolve the dye into a litre of warm water

Add 500g of salt to 12 pints of warm water, add your wet clothes, stir for 15 minutes so that every part of your clothing gets covered and then periodically for the next 45 minutes. Wash in the machine on as high a temperature as you can for that garment, stand back and admire your newly dyed piece of clothing.

I love how the dye hasn’t taken on the embroidery around the neckline (probably a polyester or nylon thread) and so the detailing stands out even more now.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy my friends – Go forth and dye! JUST DYE WILL YOU!!

Posted in Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, PANTS!, Tricks of the trade

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