*Yawn* Dye *Yawn*

*Yawn* Dye *Yawn*

Tins of Dylon dyes clutter up my drawers and make a mockery out of me.  I stare at them and they stare back as if to say ‘Ha… you bought us, dumped us because you couldn’t be arsed to see your intended DIY projects through!’.  Encouraged by Flying Saucer’s scary uni halls kitchen dip dying incident that turned out to be quite the success and incidentally, The Clothes Horse was also getting crafty-tights happy too last night, I ventured into my kitchen and clinically went about dip dyeing some tights and a skirt in a purple Dylon dye that is circa 2000.  Thankfully, dyes don’t seem to have use-by dates and all went well apart from maybe the skirt not taking on the colour as strongly as the tights (synthetics are quite tricky to dye or so Dylon tells me…).  Now the mind is reeling and I shall return to my nearest Dylon stockist with starry eyed enthusiasm and renewed faith that they won’t be knocking about in my drawers and making me feel bad. 

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  1. Hannah...

    2008-01-29 at 9:37 PM

    I love the tights in the right 🙂
    Wish I could buy them!

  2. Jen

    2008-01-29 at 9:41 PM

    wow fanastic – who knew it worked so well 🙂 last time i used it, it dyed the inside of my machine blue. maybe a second round is on the cards…

  3. Rachel

    2008-01-29 at 9:56 PM

    Oh wow! They are very cool, great idea 🙂

  4. annah

    2008-01-29 at 10:18 PM

    love the tights!! they’re ace!

  5. Soleil Noir

    2008-01-29 at 10:39 PM

    Cool tights! A bit reminiscent of the leggings worn at the most recent Nina Ricci resort collection….:D

  6. Fashionably Insane

    2008-01-29 at 10:48 PM

    The tights are wonderful.
    Very Christian Lacroix.The pair on the right makes me think you were up to your knees in grape juice if that makes any sense 🙂
    Check out my blog,http://fashionably-insane.blogspot.com/ I’m trying to make it less copy catty and more me so it should turn out good.
    Later Susie

  7. Allure

    2008-01-29 at 10:58 PM

    I’ve always wanted to tie-dye a cardigan, but I’ve never dare to.

  8. Michelle

    2008-01-29 at 11:05 PM

    You did a lovely job!!! really like the purple!!!! and you seem to have started or caught on to trend as there is a tutorial on dipdying tights on fashionista!!!!!

  9. WendyB

    2008-01-29 at 11:05 PM

    Very nice!

  10. meg

    2008-01-29 at 11:16 PM

    I agree. Very HC Lacroix which really stood out to me. What color were the tights to begin with though? I’m really tempted to do something like this but i think white might be too harsh…..

  11. Fashion Tidbits

    2008-01-29 at 11:29 PM

    woah! awesome. can you do blue as well??? i liked those sheer blue ones a while back on the runway…

  12. Winnie

    2008-01-29 at 11:30 PM

    oooh i like! I too have some dye hanging around(in fuschia)maybe i will give this a go this weekend too!

  13. selina

    2008-01-29 at 11:35 PM

    oooooo loving the leggings!! definitely getting more dye to use on tights. i was worried they would be unflattering or i’d look like a 14 year old scene/nu-rave kid but i just love them on you, especially how you’ve played with wearing two two-tone (hehe) things. It may be the perfect opportunity to wear the H&M pink-purple skirt that i’m finding hard to put with things because of the long a-line shape. i feel a bit guilty i’ve discarded leggings for so many months, you look fab

  14. jen b.

    2008-01-30 at 12:24 AM

    You did it! They look marvelous and I may just need to try this out myself! Also, I love that you chose purple.

  15. enc

    2008-01-30 at 2:51 AM

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  16. The Clothes Horse

    2008-01-30 at 3:05 AM

    Ha! Those are fantastic. Maybe I should dye some of my old clothes to make them more loveable…

  17. Hailey

    2008-01-30 at 3:42 AM

    Those tights are to die for awesomeness!!

  18. dree

    2008-01-30 at 4:36 AM

    so I was about to say, Awesome, very Christian Lacroix and I saw several others beat me to it..dang, your readers are on the ball..and so are you!
    xoxoDree

  19. emily

    2008-01-30 at 5:03 AM

    Excellent results! I’ve been loving the ‘ombre’ fad myself, but hadn’t seen it applied to tights yet. Neat idea!

  20. grace

    2008-01-30 at 6:43 AM

    i love that. excelente.

  21. mash

    2008-01-30 at 7:46 AM

    what a great idea !!!!! good job 🙂 I love it <3

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    2008-01-30 at 7:56 AM

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  23. Winona

    2008-01-30 at 8:09 AM

    Oh my god I’m inspired!

  24. Renée S. / FashionFillers

    2008-01-30 at 8:15 AM

    I also planned to dip dye my clothes purple this week. So don’t think I’m copying you when you see my results! Haha.

  25. Mer

    2008-01-30 at 11:39 AM

    I love love the first outfit! Inspiring, thanks!

  26. Miss White

    2008-01-30 at 11:44 AM

    I really want to try this but I’m a bit worried about all the potential mess!

  27. gerri

    2008-01-30 at 11:48 AM

    hey susie! coincidentally, we’re doin dylon at school as well and we been advised to use soda ash to treat all fabrics before dying. >.< just a tip!

  28. Mary-Laure

    2008-01-30 at 12:10 PM

    Hi there, I really like it that you model your looks yourself on your blog(I do that on mine, too). It’s much more fun! I hate the blog where people just paste pictures from ads and/or press releases.
    And I love colorful your tights!

  29. A.

    2008-01-30 at 1:45 PM

    Those turned out fantastic! I always wanted to tie-dye a shirt back in the 90s when batik was big, but I never came around to doing so. Thankfully, maybe…

  30. Drusilla

    2008-01-30 at 3:30 PM

    Looks like you did a great job there, Susie- the dip-dye skirt and tights look really, really good. I’m almost tempted to attempt it myself..

  31. Mia

    2008-01-30 at 4:24 PM

    Ah! I have been meaning to do this with some tights ever since I spotted the Antiann pair. Nice work!

  32. Style Finder

    2008-01-30 at 6:48 PM

    I love the tights, still can’t believe they’re DIY. I actually found great print foot-less tights at artfulwears.com. You can pair them with essentially anything for a funky edge.

  33. Drusilla

    2008-01-30 at 7:34 PM

    While I’m at it, I must give the love to that Eley Kishimoto tartan dress too- it’s the loveliest, even though you haven’t given it the dye treatment (and shouldn’t, IMO)!

  34. Drusilla

    2008-01-30 at 7:34 PM

    While I’m at it, I must give the love to that Eley Kishimoto tartan dress too- it’s the loveliest, even though you haven’t given it the dye treatment (and shouldn’t, IMO)!

  35. lady coveted

    2008-01-30 at 9:37 PM

    oh my god. you look great. i must admit i’m bummed i didn’t post mine last night, because i had been working on my tights for a week.
    i guess great minds think alike!
    http://the-coveted.com/blog/2008/01/30/gradient-tights-i-done-myself/

  36. Style Eyes

    2008-01-30 at 9:39 PM

    This worked really well – great idea for bringing old clothes up to date. I’m off to buy some Dylon, lets hope it doesn’t sit in my drawer and then i’ll feel bad for not using it!

  37. morgan

    2008-01-31 at 1:28 AM

    everyone has ombre on the brain; haha i DIYed too after spotting it on an APC dress this summer!
    http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/style/style-diy-apc-dye-job/

  38. alicepleasance

    2008-01-31 at 10:00 AM

    Oh! Love the footless tights!
    I have a white skirt I want to dye (well, I’ll have to, since I washed it with a yellow shirt and I ruined it…). I loved Dylon when I was in high school, made a lot of things with their colors!
    Now I only have to find a stockist near where I live and hopefully I’ll have soon a new skirt for the Spring 😉

  39. Guerreira

    2008-01-31 at 11:53 AM

    They look great! Taking a bit of advantage of your post…anyone out there has any experience dying jeans? I want to make a pair go darker, but don’t even know where to start! Any tips will be truly appreciated!

  40. DSD

    2008-01-31 at 2:04 PM

    Can I ask whether you used a sink or pan? I really want to go crazy on a cardigan, but I don’t know if my housemate will be pleased if the sink/pan ends up ruined!

  41. riz

    2008-01-31 at 3:14 PM

    ok you are officially the grande dame of DIY now!

  42. rachel

    2008-02-09 at 9:24 PM

    i love it! these came out FANTASTIC! i can’t wait to make my own!

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    That’s a very nice combo. I am loving those stockings!!

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