23.1.11

DIY | Dye-Oh-Why

Psynopsis Tie-Dyed Silk Blouse and Leggings

Psynopsis Tie-Dyed Leggings
I remember way back I said I'd write a post about the tie-dye leggings, but I've been procrastinating for the simple fact that the whole thing is so easy I fear you'll say: 'Duh! Why is she writing about this?' But a promise is a promise… & in the end it's a question of addition and subtraction. Or only addition. Or only subtraction. Either you change the colour by dyeing the garment (as I did with the leggings which used to be neon yellow) and then you dunk it into bleach – which will take colour away again (with unknown outcome).* Or you just dunk-dye directly, like I did with this silk blouse (I found for £4 in a 2nd hand store yesterday. Unused, with price labels still attached; someone obviously didn't fancy the salmon colour.) Just take some hand dye, dunk around, and Bob'’s your uncle. Duh? Told you so.

*You've got to keep in mind that bleach destroys the fabric, so careful with that. You can wrap elastic bands or some kind of rope around the clothes to get a tie-dye effect. And naturally you need to adapt your treatment to what the fabric can take. It’s all highly experimental… Which is all the fun, really.

leggings: katherine hamnett/diy, trousers on top: lining of cricket trousers (dyed blue), blouse: 2nd hand/diy

40 comments:

Mat said...

love the idea of dip dying a smart white shirt, i want to do this. which colour to choose tho hmmm

Stilettostetico said...

Mmh so to be totally Honest I am not especially fan of this "Tie-dyesque" aesthetics BUT I MUST say that really like this "barefoot Fashionista exuding wistful serenity" scenery Dear . . .

à Bientôt, Antoine

Hannah said...

dip dying sounds FUUUUUUUN!!!!! so many colours and possibilities, I really want to give it a go


Hannah xx

WeShop said...

I'm not a huge fan of tie-dye but I do really like these. xx

tanvii.com said...

I did this once as a school project or activity ... can't remember. Does sounds like a fun experiment to give a shot. I love your expression in the picture!

janettaylor said...

I love tie-dye, especially on silk. Those leggings are great!

Vintage Vixen said...

I adore tie-dye and need to get back into it. Your creations are wonderful. xxx

Filipa said...

Ah tie-dying, the activity of my youth summer camps! :) What a blast from the past! :P But those leggings look mega, so I might try it! :)

Adam said...

Love this- love your blog. Very nice and tailored.
xx
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Maddy said...

I don't think it's "duh"! I don't know the first thing about tie-dye (never did it as a kid), but I love how you made the leggings look! Very funky! BTW- I think you should at least look into getting your own domain. It's only about $10USD a year and it's very simple, I promise : )

the nyanzi report said...

It's the suspense of not knowing which colour your gonna end up with that excites me.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I'd love to try this! They really look fabulous.

Hope you're having a great weekend, honey xoxo

Publish my Style said...

loving it! so simple to do, and the result is great! DIY all the way! x

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Soccer Mom Style said...

This is so beautiful! No "duh" from here. Love the first shot. You are so clever to buy and dye that silk blouse. I wish I was more brave like you!
I thought about you the other day. Hubby and I watched The Lives of Others. It's a movie about a writer in Eastern Germany (GDR). Was really good even with subtitles.
xx
maya

MyStyle said...

Hi there-another unique and stylish outfit, the tie dye looks fabulous on the shirt and leggings, a really great colour combination! Have a lovely week ahead my dear xx

Kazuko said...

know exactly, what you mean (had the same feeling about some of my last posts) BUT: looking at beautiful pictures is all that we want sometimes, and yours are always beautiful. you look amazing here, seriously! the oversized shirt, your hair, the light... so pretty!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Soccer Mom - Thank you! The Life of Others is such a moving film. I remember crying a river when watching it. We had friends in the GDR - it was not a nice society to live in. But as in so many dictatorships the people developed a great sense of humour.

Tashrin said...

Wow I am not really very good with dye jobs.....but you you did it so perfectly. The colours turned out lovely and I am really loving this photos....your pose and the wonderful backlighting.

Love

Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Such a creative & FUN project, sabine! Zac Posen dyes his beddings/linens recently on DIY tv, Fab!!

xo

..R May A.. said...

I'm thinking of doing something like this :)
they look great!! x

Caio Rodrigues said...

What more beautiful pictures. I loved it, and you very beautiful.

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drollgirl said...

oh i want to try this! so badly! so much fun! so exciting! the great and exciting unknown!!! usually i have trouble with this concept, but i think i could embrace it with fabric dyeing experimentation. i think!

Zarna said...

those look amazing! great DIY!

Clare said...

Love tie dying sooooo very much!! And thank you sooo much for the sweet comment on my blog!! No I am not a model, but ah it would be so much fun!

Fourth Daughter said...

Ha, that's exactly why I don't usually even try to do a tutorial on my blog - most of the stuff I do is so easy it would be embarrassing to even try to describe it! But when I've held workshops on remaking fashion, I have realised that what is obvious for us seasoned refashioners really needs to be explained for beginners... so hmm, maybe a tie dye tutorial wouldn't hurt? And good idea too to dye the shirt, I often reject things as the colour doesn't suit me, but if they can be dyed, well, then my wardrobe would be bursting even more than it is already...

Lee Oliveira said...

i love the tie-dye. I am a huge fan of colours and I will definitely stop any girls on the streets wearing it and ask them to be photographed
Lee x

Heather said...

that's killler, yo ugot an awesome result!:)

Pratishtha Durga said...

You make it sound so simple. I used tie-dye in school, so I know it can go wrong, very wrong. You however, have got some great results here.

Kiyo said...

I haven't worn tie-dye for the longest time but this post makes me want to try it out again. The blouse is so pretty!

and flowers pick themselves said...

i think these look fab! have a wonderful day :)

xo Alison

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

beautiful. x hivennn. p.s enter my jeffrey campbell giveaway?

Cindy Whitehead said...

LOVING the Tie dye!! You have inspired me to do it!!

yiqin; said...

Lovely colored tights :)

Sherrie Cola said...

Love these.

polka dot said...

Ha, got a little sidetracked by clicking on the 'brown again with pink' post but I must say, this shot of you - and the shot of the tights - is just so absolutely beautiful, Sabine. The light. It's just a really beautiful look, composition.. I've been really liking tie dye in the last year, I don't even know why. The way you're wearing it here is why. xxx

ediot said...

such a nice diy project. i LOve the leggings. but even more that first photo. it's amazing.xxxx

vint junky said...

AMAZING photos Sabine. And I love this tiedye ombre especially doubled up like this. Seriously inspired stuff!
xx

Dusk said...

WOW! I absolutely love the result.

Orchid said...

ooh i love the first shot..its soo dreamy and surreal at the same time.wow!!!

Prutha said...

i loveeeeeeeeee what u've done with those tights..kudos on ur diy...