Back to Blue Shibori Denim Dress

March 15 2024

We gave this plain denim overall dress a bold blue makeover with the Back to Blue Kit and two blocks to create this grid-like pattern.

  • Rit Back to Blue Dye Kit
  • 3 Gallon Plastic Container
  • 4” wood or acrylic squares, two
  • Scissors
  • Salt
  • Dish Soap
  • Iron
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Tongs
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  1. Prewash fabric in warm, soapy water without any fabric softener. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Wring out any excess water and leave hoodie damp.
  3. Wearing gloves, fill plastic container or stainless steel sink with 3 gallons of hot water, ideally 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and carefully add to the dyebath.
  4. Add 1 cup of salt.
  5. Add 1 tsp of dish soap.
  6. Add ½ cup of well-shaken Bold Blue All-Purpose Rit Dye and mix well.
  7. 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.
  8. Lay damp fabric flat and carefully pleat the back and forth across.
  9. Repeat to pleat up the fabric to create a block-like shape.
  10. Sandwich the pleated, blocked fabric between the squares and tightly secure with rubber bands.
  11. For pattern variations, experiment with dipping only portions of bound fabric into the dyebath.
  12. Place bound fabric into the dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep bound fabric in the dyebath for 15-20 minutes minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, keep the bound fabric in the dyebath for 20-40 minutes.
  13. Once desired color is achieved, remove bound fabric from dyebath and allow it to sit and absorb dye for 30 minutes.
  14. To help reduce color bleeding and improve color retention, treat fabric with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before rinsing. Follow package instructions. Remove fabric from dye bath and squeeze out excess dye. Fill container with 3 gallons hot water and add 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) dye fixative; stir well. Immerse fabric in fixative, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  15. Remove fabric and rinse in cold water until water begins to run clear. Carefully remove any bindings with scissors and unfold fabric.
  16. Wash in cold water with mild detergent.
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