Where to Start.

Old Shirt

This is the project that started it all for me. This shirt was in a pile of clothes that was going to be donated. It was PJ’s, it was a cleaning shirt, it was just plain old. I had wanted to do something like this for some time and had always been too scared to try anything. I finally figured, the shirt was hitting GoodWill anyways. The worst that could happen is I ruin it and throw it away instead.

We had a Grocery store going out of business and I bought a whole bunch of Rit dye at 50% off(about a $1.25 a box).

The Plan

I could have of just thrown it in the dye, but that seemed so boring, so I decided to embellish the collar. I didn’t have a whole lot to work with and I figured I would use lace or something that could color with the shirt.

I didn’t want to waste my nice lace on the shirt just in case it didn’t work. So I crocheted the lace for the collar with white thread I already had. I stayed with simple stitches and followed the shape and line of the shirt. It took about two hours or the length of two episodes of “Castle”

I sewed on the lace with green thread and threw the whole thing in my crock pot(the biggest pot I had at the time) with some dye.

A half hour later, I pulled it out, rinsed it off and had a brand new shirt. It turned out so much better than I thought it would. I was so excited I was dancing around my kitchen.  It has become a favorite and it only cost me about $1.25 and and a free evening. I am now addicted to dyeing clothes. For more on Color. More color Projects.

Can you tell I am excited it turned out?

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3 Responses to Where to Start.

  1. Pingback: Crochet Collar(by popular request) | Thoroughly Modern Mormon

  2. Tawny says:

    I love this shirt! super cute! I wish I was as brave 🙂

  3. Suzanne Tatro says:

    Great job again. You make it sound so easy. Again the picture of your plan really helps those who want to copy your idea.

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