Dip Dye Tights, a fashion trend that I have loved for an age! I've looked online and in shops for that one perfect pair but they weren't right, like the gradient fell in the wrong place, or they were to thin, or they didn't have the colours I wanted or they cost more than I thought they were worth!
I made these today and it was so simple! You do have to remember to use light coloured tights though, I used mint green ones but a white pair, or flesh coloured pair would work just as well. Normal colour mixing rules apply as well, blue on red will give purple. I have dubbed them my 'watermelon tights' and will be my summer fave for when that great British weather kicks in and we have a monsoon for six weeks instead of sunshine.
What you will need:
- one pair of old light coloured tights
- one sachet of fabric dye (DYLON or RIT - I used DYLON Flamingo Pink)
- a big bucket
- washing line
- Prepare the dye soloution with salt acording to individual dye instructions.
- Wet your tights and ring them out almost completely, they need to be just a little damp so the dye will run up through them.
- Dip the tights in to where ever you want the gradient to begin, I dipped from the feet to about mid thigh height, but you could go to below the knee, or from the hips to half way down the calf. Whatever way you fancy, it's up to you.
- Hook the non-dyed part of the tights over the side of the bucket so the dye can soak in for ten minutes.
- Peg the tights up on the washing line over the bucket with the area you want darkest pointing down. This way gravity will pull the water and dye downwards and the colour will be darkest at that point.
- Leave to dry for half an hour and check on the darkness and colour shade, if you want the colour to intensify dip them in again and keep checking until the colour is as you'd like it, remember it will fade slightly when you rinse off the loose dye.
- Under cool running water rinse the tights with the water running downwards with the gradient, this way the dye won't run into the non-dyed section and taint that.
- Pop in the washing machine on a quick cycle by itself at 30˚C (86˚F) and then hang to dry,
You might want to wash your tights by themselves the first couple of time you've worn them because the colour might run. Remember the dye might be loose when you wear them and your legs might end up coloured too. Hope you love them as much as I do!