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).
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.