#ThriftFlip Polyester Lady MacBeth Costume

October 7 2022

Go green this Halloween and dye something green.  Costumer Marissa of @Sinistra.Marissa upgraded common thrifted polyester items using DyeMore for Synthetic to create this iconic DIY Lady MacBeth costume.

Supplies
  • Rit DyeMore for Synthetics in Sapphire Green, Tropical Teal, Midnight Navy
  • Thrifted White Polyester Wedding Dress
  • Thrifted White Polyester Bedspread sewn into wide sleeves
  • Thrifted Childrens Tights
  • Pot for Dyeing
  • Tongs
  • Sewing Machine + Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Cardboard
Time
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Difficulty
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Instructions

 

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  1. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water for the fabric to move freely. We recommend using three gallons of water for every pound of fabric.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  3. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or around 200ºF).
  4. When water begins to simmer, add well-shaken dye and mix well. We used Rit DyeMore for Synthetics in Tropical Teal and Peacock Green.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  6.  Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or around 200ºF).
  7. When water begins to simmer, add well-shaken dye and mix well.
  8. Wet the item you are going to be dyeing and add it to the dye bath.
  9. Keep temperature at a low simmer for the duration of your dyeing.
  10. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  11. Item can remain in dye bath from 10 minutes up to one hour. If dyeing polyester or a polyester cotton blend, keep the fabric in the dye bath for at least 30 minutes to ensure that the color takes fully. Nylon tends to dye very quickly and much darker than other fibers so the actual time needed in the dye bath is less.
  12. When desired color is achieved, remove from dye bath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  13. If dyeing a blend containing cotton, linen, rayon or ramie, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance the color and reduce color bleeding.
  14. Rinse in warm water and then gradually cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  15. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  16. Marissa’s tights were thrifted with the color as-is, but you can also repeat the dyeing process to dye tights into a desired color for the hair piece. Stuff the tights and wrap it with ribbon as shown in the video.
  17. Cut out crown from cardboard.
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