I have a bunch of men's shirts that I bought off the clearance rack and wear on a daily basis. I like them because they are actually long enough for me and more modest than some of the women's shirts I've been seeing lately. (That sounds a lot more prudish then it is meant.)
I have a light purple shirt that is quite blah. I have been seeing some very inspired t-shirt treatments online and I thought I'd try one.
Start with a t-shirt that you kind of like the color of. I picked my light purple t-shirt. You will need a box of RIT dye in a different but complimentary color. I picked a darker purple. You will also need some bleach in a squeeze bottle.
Make sure it is something you will never use for food.
Get your shirt damp and set on a protected workspace. I decided on my bathtub. It needed cleaning, anyway, so I got a two-fer.
Take your bleach and run some lines across the front of the shirt horizontally. Let it sit until you like the contrasting color. I didn't want anything too dramatic so I let it sit to this point.
When it is done, take your still wet shirt and start twisting some spots up. I looped it and held it in place with some rubber bands.
Mix up your dye in a bucket or a stainless sink. I put in the entire dye packet and two gallons of hot water. Dip the bottom half of your shirt and hold for two minutes. Flip it over and dip the top half for two minutes but don't dip the middle.
Wad up, set on a plastic bag and walk away for four hours.
When the time is up, take the rubber bands off the shirt and rinse.
Keep going until the water is running clear. At this point I toss it
into the washer with some laundry soap (not my homemade stuff. . . it
works too well and will fade the dye if it's not set.) I do a quick
wash in cold and then another wash with hot water and a cold rinse.
Make sure to put in a load of towels or something else that can be
tinted if you didn't get the dye all rinsed out.
I also throw it in the dryer and dry it until it is completely dry. I don't usually do that to my clothing but it seems to help set the dye so that it doesn't fade in the wash.
Here's my masterpiece!
If I do it again:
This was so much fun! I will probably go with a contrasting color next time like a gray shirt and a blue dye or a teal dye.