Solar System Couples Costume

October 14 2019

Halloween is always more fun when you have a coordinated costume with a friend or partner! Our good friend Rachel (aka The Crafted Life) created a couples costume out of the solar system. She is the bright yellow sun and her partner is the dark galaxy of planets and the stars. We are over the moon about this costume and hope you’re inspired as well!

Supplies
  • Rit DyeMore: Daffodil Yellow
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Black and Lemon Yellow
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • White Dress
  • White Tights
  • Cotton or Canvas Shoes
  • Men’s Shirt or Sweater
  • Stainless Steel Pot + Stovetop
  • Stainless Steel Sink or Container for Dyeing
  • Electrical Tape
  • Felt in a variety of colors
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • Plastic Headband
  • Measuring Cup
  • Metal Tongs
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
Time
1-2 Hours Total: {{ partial.tVSF.total }}
Difficulty
Beginner Total: {{ partial.tUQ8.total }}
Instructions

Directions for Dyeing Dress + Tights: 

  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Prewash dress and tights to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  3. Since the dress and tights were made from polyester, Rachel used our dye for synthetics, Rit DyeMore.
  4. Fill a large stainless steel pot with 3 gallons of water.
  5. Cover pot and heat until almost boiling. Water temperature should ideally be 200°.
  6. When water begins to simmer, add a bottle of Rit DyeMore in Daffodil Yellow. Shake bottle before pouring. Stir well.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  8. Test dye color by dipping paper towel in the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.
  9. Wearing rubber gloves, use the metal tongs to lower the dress and tights into the dyebath. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  10. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  11. Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.
  12. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

Directions for Sun Ray Headband:

  1. The sun ray headband was created out of yellow construction paper and a plastic headband.
  2. Cut a variety of triangle shapes out of the construction paper and layer them across the top of the headband.
  3. Secure the triangle pieces to the headband with a hot glue gun.

Directions for Shoes: 

  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Prewash shoes to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  3. To protect the soles of your shoes from getting dyed, cover the soles with electrical tape. Cover any other areas that you do not want dyed with electrical tape.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a large container or stainless-steel sink with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath. Pour ½ cup of well-shaken Lemon Yellow dye into dyebath.
  5. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to help promote level dyeing. Stir well.
  6. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
  7. Immerse shoes in dyebath. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  8. The shoes can remain in dyebath from 10 minutes up to one hour. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Shoes will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  9. Recommended: Use Rit ColorStay Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color and increase color retention. Follow package instructions.
  10. Rinse shoes in cool water and hang to dry. Re-lace once dry.

Directions for Men’s Sweatshirt: 

  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Prewash sweatshirt to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a large container or stainless-steel sink with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath. Pour ½ bottle of well-shaken Black dye into dyebath.
  4. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to help promote level dyeing. Stir well.
  5. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
  6. Immerse sweatshirt in dyebath. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  7. The sweatshirt can remain in dyebath from 10 minutes up to one hour. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. The shirt will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  8. Recommended: Use Rit ColorStay Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color and increase color retention. Follow package instructions.
  9. Rinse sweatshirt in cool water and wash in mild detergent.

Directions for Planets and Stars:

  1. Using a variety of felt colors, cut circle and rectangular shapes to create the planets and use white felt to cut out star shapes.
  2. Apply the planets and stars to the shirt using a hot glue gun.
Posts You May Like

By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies. We use cookies to provide the best possible web experience. You can delete and/or block cookies by modifying the settings on your browser. View our Privacy Policy

Accept
We send awesome emails.

We send awesome emails.

We send awesome emails.

Be the first to know about promotions, new products, projects and more!
{{ formErrors('newsletter-modal', 'email') }}
{{ formErrors('newsletter-modal', 'other') }}
Thank you for subscribing!
Thank you for subscribing!