The ol’ summer camp DIY gets a major fashion update with an easy-to-achieve tie dye look that’s fit for your hot weather wardrobe. Our very own Jessica Hotson, Assistant Art Director at FLARE, upgraded her favourite H&M pants with a jolt of colour inspired by a pricer pair she spotted online. “I went to Walmart and picked up a ton of elastics and a block of red dye. I tied up the jeans, mixed the dye with water and put them in a bag immediately after applying the dye, with the elastics still on. This will help the jeans absorb the colour. Leave for eight hours, then remove the bag and elastic, wash and dry. Voila!”
Jessica’s Tie-Dye Tips:
1. Test out the dye on a cloth (with a similar feel or fabric) or a pair of pants you don’t love as much. This will help you see the finished colour before you commit with a pricier pair.
2. Google and YouTube the brand of dye you’re using. There are a ton of bloggers and tutorials out there [like this one!] that are custom to the specific product you’re using.
3. Wear gloves and do it outside if you can. The dye gets everywhere so it’s best to not do this in your tub or sink.
4. Be sure the piece you’re tie-dying is wet. The colour will be smoother and less likely to get concentrated within the seams and cracks of your clothes.
On her next DIY: “The bleached ones by Dries Van Noten.”