DIY: Revamp Your Wardrobe with Dye

Hey everyone, Nicole here from the Wardrobe Code.

Since I spend so much time around clothing, I tend to change my mind A LOT when it comes to what I like and what I don’t like. I’m always experimenting with textures and color in my wardrobe, so when I get tired of a garment, I try to see what I can do to repurpose it before I donate it back to Goodwill of Orange County.

I recently found several garments on a Goodwill shopping trip which were white. I wore them a few times, but then remembered that 1.) I don’t really care for how I look in white and 2.) I like color!

So I picked up a few boxes of Rit Dye and this is what happened:

Voila! I have 4 “new” things for my wardrobe! All of them started out either white or off-white and now they are rich greens, corals and reds.

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My “new” wardrobe – a red skirt, emerald sweater, coral sweater and poppy shorts.

A few hints for when you’re dying at home:

  • Follow all the instructions – they’re there for a reason
  • Check your expectations – at home dyeing is not an exact science, you have to experiment with the color. So, don’t be disappointed if the color doesn’t turn out exactly as your had planned
  • Once you have the dye mixed, test the color on a white paper towel to make sure it’s the shade you intended
  • Be very careful; the powered form of dye gets everywhere. I had planned for that skirt to be a shade of mint, but after some red dye power accidentally dusted across the front, I wasn’t left with many choices
  • Use gloves
  • Set a timer
  • Stir frequently so the color gets distributed evenly across the garment
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Check the color on a white paper towel, set a timer and stir it up!

If you’re looking to do some DIY dyeing at home, check out Rit Dye’s color formula guide to help you get the perfect shade.

3 comments

  1. This is so cool. I will definitely be trying this.

  2. Looks great! I would actually love to try this, but instead on clothes I would like to recycle some of our towels. Dyeing Towels is not something I have delved on before, so my question is will this process you showed here work for what I’m planning? I hope you can help with this one. Thanks!

    1. Hi Cherry,

      I’m not sure how this would work with towels. I would recommend contacting Rit directly to see what their suggestions are.

      Good luck!

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