Brighten My Day

poor color faded shirt

This weeks project is an old favorite. I love this shirt. I have had it for 3 and a half years now. Lately it has gotten an little faded and dingy looking. I started looking for a replacement, but I have just not come across anything that works for me.  So I decided to do a little “Fountain of Youth” treatment on the color.

I started out by spraying the armpits of the shirt with Oxy Clean. The salt from my sweat could offset the distribution of color. After it soaked for a couple of hours I threw it in the wash. (you always want to work with clean clothes)

salt and dye

Then I took my new big pot and filled it with water and turned it on high. When it started to lightly simmer, I turned it down to med and added a half cup of salt and 1/4 cup of Rit yellow dye. After I made sure it was mixed (if the dye is not entirely mixed you will be sorry) I dropped in my yellow shirt and stirred it every few minutes for about 20 minutes.

cooking my shirt

The final product turned out quite nice. The shirt now looks brand new and, unless I spill something killer on it, I have a few more years with it.  For more on dyeing. 

All done.

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3 Responses to Brighten My Day

  1. Kersten says:

    I remember this shirt! It looks great. Good job. I never thought about dying any of my shirts. I think most of my cute ones though I need to lose a few more pounds before I can fit into them.

  2. maggie says:

    ya, i agree with Tanya. way cute!
    Either you make really cute clothes or you just look cute in everything!

  3. Tanya says:

    Way cute it looks great!!

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