Sometimes I end up with an item of clothing where I love how it fits, but the color has grown dingy over time, or wasn’t a color that I like to begin with. When this happens, and I’m feeling motivated, I’ll mix up a batch of Procion MX dye and give new life to my garments. That’s what I decided to do with this cream cardigan, which you last saw here. The cream was looking more and more dingy, and it was started to make me feel frumpy wearing it. But I didn’t want to give up on it, so I dyed it purple, and now it’s like having a brand new cardigan. I love how the white buttons contrast now.
I dyed a pink blouse with this batch too, which you’ll see before too long. My preferred method of dyeing garments is in a top-loading washing machine, but I don’t have one in my house, so I just use a 5 gallon bucket, lots of hot water and lots of manual stirring. It takes about an hour and a half, start to finish, but it ‘s worth the effort. I almost always use more dye than what’s recommended, otherwise the colors don’t come out strong enough for my liking.
Cardigan: Ann Taylor LOFT (over-dyed)
Shoes: Clarks Apple Sky
Earrings: June Designs
Necklace: Kira Ferrer
Purse: Morelle City Bag
Quote: One by Kathryn Otoshi