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Shibori Summer Dress

Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

October 12, 2017

Project Description

Cool off this summer with this fashionable shibori dyed dress. Perfect for hitting the beach or attending your favorite music festival.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

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  •   White 100% cotton dress

  •   4 gallon pot

  •   dishwashing liquid

  •   liquid detergent

  •   measuring cup

  •   large metal spoon

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   rubber bands

  •   rubber gloves

  •   salt

  •   scissors

Step By Step

  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.

  2. Pre-wash dress with detergent, rinse and leave wet.

  3. Accordion fold or ͞fan fold the dress lengthwise in approximately 2͟ inch wide folds down the length of the dress.

  4. Wrap rubber bands tightly at spaced intervals (about 1͟ inch apart or spaced as desired) along the length of the folded dress.

  5. Set aside rubber-banded dress to prepare the dyebath.

  6. To prepare dyebath: Fill large dye container with 3 gallons very hot water tap water (140F). If water is not hot enough, heat some water in a cook pot or teapot. Shake dye bottles before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, add ½ cup of Evening Blue dye and approximately 2 tablespoons Navy dye to hot water. Stir well.

  7. For cotton fabrics, add 1 cup of salt to dyebath. This helps to intensify the color. Then add a squirt of liquid dish detergent. Stir well.

  8. Test dye color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye (add more Navy for a darker blue); if color is too dark, add more water.

  9. Immerse rubber-banded dress into the dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep the dress in the dye for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the bound up part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, let the dress in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.

  10. When the desired color is achieved, remove the wrapped dress from the dyebath. Squeeze out excess dye. Do not remove the rubber bands.

  11. Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following package instructions. Leave dress in fixative for 20 minutes.

  12. Remove dress and carefully cut the rubber bands from the dress and unfold.

  13. Rinse dress in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.

  14. Then wash the dress in warm water with mild detergent by hand or in your washing machine with an old towel, rinse and dry.




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