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TUTORIAL : TIE DYE MAXI

5.03.2012

Just finished this tie dye maxi and am kinda in love with it.  I have been so excited to show you all.  So here is the finished outfit and below that you will find pics of my step by step tie dying.



Pattern : Mission Maxi by Jamie Christina

Materials Used : White knit fabric from JoAnns (sorry I am not sure what it is made of but probably some cotton/rayon/spandex blend), some Navy Blue fabric Dye, and a lot of rubber bands.

Changes : After making another version of this pattern in past, I decided that I wanted a bit more room around the bottom of the maxi.  Starting at the hips I graded out to about 2 inches on the bottom on either side of the dress (both front and back).  I really like the extra amount of fabric.  It just flows a little more and allows for easier walking.

What I would change next time : I really don't know if I need more than 2 maxi dresses, but if I do I think I will draft some sleeves and maybe a v neckline for one.

Conclusion : Love how this turned out.  Not only is this a great fashion forward pattern, but the tie dye was much easier and more fun that I anticipated.



Now for some pics/steps for making the tie dye.

1-I began by making the dress most of the way.  I sewed the side seams, shoulder seam, and attached all of the bindings, but did not do any topstitching or hemming.  I wanted to wait on those so that I could match the color of thread to the dyed fabric.

2-Then I took rubber bands and twisted them around the entire width of the dress every 4 or 5 inches. I just eyeballed it.  I used about 4-6 rubberbands for each section to make sure that they were bold stripes.  (hint - my rubberbands kept breaking and so I found if I twisted them three at a time they were stronger and wouldn't break, plus it went faster.)

3-Next I mixed my Navy Dylon Dye according to the directions and and let it soak in the dye for an hour stirring occasionally.

4-Then I rinsed it in cold water for about ten minutes and then carefully clipped all of the rubberbands off.  (the most exciting point).

5-Now time for the finishing touches.  I washed and dried my dress on warm and then finished stitching the bindings and hem with the matching thread.  

29 comments:

  1. that is really cute. a great way to get stripes! i'll have to try it.

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  2. OMG. I love this so much. Thanks for the tutorial. I've only over-dyed clothing and fabric. I haven't tried any techniques - this project seems like a good place to start.

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  3. Love the maxi and I love the way it flows, kind of ethereal.

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  4. How funny, I have a tank top waiting to be dyed this exact same way (rubber band stripes and everything)! I'm just waiting for the dye to arrive-- I'm going to try out using indigo.

    Love this maxi! It's really cool!

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  5. So fun! I really want to finish my maxi dress now!

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  6. I have always hated tie dye...it looks so 'hippie'. BUT you made it SUPER CHIC!!! I love this! How do you do that magic?

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  7. Oh my goodness! I love it! I've never tie dye before and now I must give it a try. You did such a great job with everything =)

    Jamie
    www.jamiechristina.com

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  8. Eeeek! This is awesome sauce!

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  9. This is super! Everything is spot on. I like the rusty colour of your cardigan as a foil to the blue dress.

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  10. This is absolutely gorgeous - thank you for the tutorial, too!

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  11. This looks so quick, easy, and comfortably stylish! You did an amazing job, it really came out nice.

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  12. Love it!! The maxi is fab and the dye job is perfect.

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  13. Only the best diy ever! Thanks so much for sharing, your dress looks like something from anthro and especially love the styling with that rust cardi. Wow.

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  14. Lovely! I might make a shorter version.
    I always worry with dye that no matter how many times I wash it on it's own when I finally trust it to be washed with other clothes, it'll bleed out. Maybe that's the secret. Never wash it with other clothes!

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  15. Fantastic dress and a good tute on the technique. I agree with Amy that dyed clothing can be tricky in the wash.

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  16. Really feeling a) maxis in general, b) tie dye all the time and c) your curls. Super awesome fun job.

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  17. Really really beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Thank you for showing us how to do the dying! I´m going to try that soon!

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  19. Oh it turned out just lovely!! I'm loving all your dying experiments you've been working on. And your maxi dresses! Holy moly - I've gotta get on that!

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  20. Gorgeous. If you draft a version with sleeves, any chance you can post a template or instructions? if that doesn't infringe on anything of course. I would love to find a maxi pattern with sleeves. All I find are tanks and I don't know how to add sleeves.

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    1. Kathy, sure thing. I think I am going to try it with some friends soon. Maybe use a tshirt as a template. I will post pics/steps for sure.

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  21. Oh this is fantastic! I love that color, and the tie dye on that dress is so fun! Nice color combo with the blue dress and your sweater. (And I love your curly hair.)
    In case you tie dye again, my grandmother, who is a crazy lady/fiber artist, always uses cotton twine and wraps it VERY VERY tightly around the tied spots. It always works really well.

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    1. thanks for the tip. i might try that. it sounds a lot easier than the rubber bands.

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  22. Wow, this is fantastic. I must try this.

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  23. The dress turned out so great! I love dyeing. It feels kind of addictive - in a fun, exciting way.

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  24. looks great! makes me want to start dyeing again - I did that so much when I was younger! loving it!

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