Monday, February 18, 2013

Yet another lace tee.

Remember my deal with Abby?  Get your room clean, and I will make you another lace t-shirt.  Well, girlfriend finally got around to it, and I had a request for a tutorial, so perfect excuse to make another.
So like last time I used Cindy's tutorial to modify the Oliver + S Hopscotch top, this time in size 6 with extra length, remembering to raise the neckline this time so it wouldn't be too wide.   I sewed all the pieces together, treating the lace and front bodice as one piece.  I didn't hem the sleeves, length or neck lines yet since polyester thread wont take the dye.  Basically I went as far as I could before the stitches would show. 


So this is the part where I like to look up the Rit dye formulation chart to see if I can find a color I like, and have the right dyes for.  (I have a few too many bottles... though never the ones I really want... hm...)

I chose my color then ran my tap until it was as hot as it would go and added it to a dedicated non-food container. 

I am just gonna say it now, I don't follow rules or directions well so you might want to look somewhere else if you need exact measurements. 

So, I added a good amount of salt (heard it helps the process) with some Scarlet and a little more Wine than Scarlet. The more water you add, the more dye you will need.  Also, the more dye you add the darker it will be- at least in my experience.  (The Rit site has exact measurements). Stir well.  Then add your shirt.  Make sure it is fully immersed in the water. 

This is what it looked like immediately.

This was 45 minutes later.  Not a whole lot darker this time, the last three times it did make a huge difference leaving it in longer. 

I like to stir the tub every 3-5 minutes, though I have read you should constantly stir.  You can leave it in as long as the water is  hot.

Aaaand rubber gloves are a good idea, though I never use them.  It will dye your hands for about a day, but no biggie.  Be very careful on your work surface, you may want to cover it, and careful when you pour out your dyed water. 

Run the shirt under warm water gradually making it colder until the water runs clear.  Again, I am a rebel and run it until it is mostly clear, still a little color there sometimes (after ten minutes of rinsing, I was just done).  Then put it in the washing machine, your cycle should be a warm wash then cold rinse. 

(You will want to wash seperately for the first 3-4 times so as not to dye your other clothes!)

Different materials take the dye differently.  This shirt and onesie were in the same tub at the same time.  They were both cotton, but  I am not sure what the lace was- the bolt only had the name of the company. 

Yep, I am officially obsessed.  It started with the blue tee then the tees for the twins and now this!  I am sure there are worse things to be stuck on...

So wash, dry and hem your shirt.  The neck is just turned under and stitched down.  I have usually had the right thread color, but not this time, so I used gray for a fun contrast.

So you get this!  Not too bad for an afternoon, right?

And little missy just loves it.  She left it on until bath time, then put it back on for bed so she would remember to wear it in the morning for school:)


  1. I love the colour of this one - & I love that last pic of Miss A!

  2. Thanks so much for showing how you do the dyed lace t-shirts! Like Justine, I love the color of this one.:)

    1. No problem, hope that helps! I really like it too:)

  3. Gorgeous color! I went through a dyeing phase where I dyed all of Joe's white onesies in different colors for a while (there is such a shortage of fun brightly colored clothing for boys). I tried all different dyes, too. Dylon was my favorite for the money. RIT is good too, but slightly more liable to bleed and fade on subsequent washings. :-)

    1. Fun boy clothes are so hard to find! Thanks for the info, I'll have to see if I can find some Dylon around here to try out.