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The D.I.Y. (Arashi Styled) Tie -Dyed Dress
Lay your garment out flat.
On a diagonal, begin rolling your garment up around something cylinder-( I used and old broom stick)
Roll your entire garment up around your cylindar
Next, bind your garment with string. wrap it all around, one end to the other.
After wrapping, scrunch your garment up.
Next, wet your garment.
You are ready to begin tie-dyeing.
Submerge your entire garment. Wait at least 20 minutes.
While in pursuit to find the perfect bathing suit cover up, for my Â upcoming Mexican adventure this weekend, I couldn’t help but notice all the perfectly bohemian styled tie-dyed dresses out now. Since I wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted in the bathing suit cover-up department, and wasn’t exactly thrilled by the prices of these tie-dyed dresses I was lusting after, I decided to put my crafty self to the test, and make my own version, which can be worn as a dress, or a bathing suit cover up! Â Genius, if I do say so myself. Â I did a little research, found an old ancient Japanese method called Arashi dyeing, and now I am obsessed. It’s so easy, and so much fun, and I just love that it’s always a one of a kind item you’re making. Nothing white, or dyeable is safe in my house! I’m addicted. If you’d like to try it out, here’s a step by step lesson to help you out. Double dipping is encouraged!
The D.I.Y. (Arashi Styled) Tie -Dyed Dress
What you will need
1. Jaquard Indigo Tie Die Kit or Rit Dye, in whatever color you choose. You can purchase dye in any craft store.
2. An old pole or cylinder object. I used the back end of an old broom. It made for easy dunking. You can use an old PVC Pipe or Copper Piping if you have some. Â Anything cylinder and fairly long. Long enough to wrap your garment around.
3. Thread, Wire or String
4. Rubber Gloves
5. Four or Five gallon bucket-(16 Quartz)
6. Stick for stirring. ( An old wooden spoon, you are not going to use for sauce or soup anymore, is a good option)
7. Something to put on the floor, while you dye your garments. This can get messy. I used an old plastic poncho. You can use garbage bags, or anything plastic like, incase you drip. I suggest trying this project outside if you can.
Before hand preparation.
To start off, I’ve decided to use an Indigo Dye Kit, because I want my dress to be that cool indigo color. You can choose to use any color or brand of dye you want for this method. I have also displayed the Rit-Navy Blue color dye, which works just as well.
TIP-You want the garment you are going to be tie-dyeing to start out white. Preferably cotton, or silk, or any kind of natural material.Â (Polyester materials, tend to be difficult.) I got this dress at Target for about $10. It’s by Converse.
The next thing you are going to want to do is follow the dye preparation directions on your box of dye.Â This is really simple. You just want to make sure you dye is all pre-mixed and ready ahead of time. Now you are ready to start.
Step 1.-Lay your garment out flat on a hard surface in front of you. Press out any wrinkles or creases, and stretch the garment out so it lays perfectly.
Step 2.-You want to get your pole, or cylinder object, and begin to wrap your garment around it, on a diagonal.
Step 3.-After you have wrapped your garment up around your pole on a diagonal, you are going to want to tightly bound your garment by wrapping thread or wire up and down your pole.
Step 4.-After you have wrapped and bound your garment to your pole, you are going to want to scrunch down the garment on your pole as far as you can to one end, with out it coming off.
Step 5.-Your garment is ready to be dyed!Â Following the dye preparation directions on your box of dye is really simple. Generally you rinse your fabric with water, dip in the vat of dye that was prepared and pre-mixed before starting.Â Then you let your garment oxidize for 20 minutes, and then repeat the steps for darker shades. Make sure you read the directions on your box of dye. Sometimes they vary.
TIP-Be aware that the color is much darker when wet and will fade after rinsing.
Step 6.-Once you have achieved the color or shade of tie dye you were going for, rinse the garment one more time with water, until the water runs clear. Â Then undo the bindings to see the magic you have created. Let your garment air dry for at least 24 hours before washing it.
That’s it! You’re done. You have just mastered the ancient art of Japanese Arashi Tie Dying. How cool is that? Now all you have to do is get ready for all of the compliments that are going to come your way!