I started doing some research into possible ways to dye a shirt and found this awesome Instructables. They suggested using cardboard which I initially tried and had a difficult time cutting my design all the way through so substituted with cardstock. Initially they also choose a spray bottle which would definitely be your best option although with practice I found a foam brush worked just as well.
Because my shirt was navy blue I decided to create a design of stars thus giving me the freedom to create a design large enough to cover the spot already in existence while also creating one that "fit" with the shirt.
|The shirt. You can see the lovely spot right there in front, so frustrating!|
|And this, believe it or not, is pretty much all you need to remedy the situation.|
|A sketched out design. No need for perfection just a crazy night sky.|
|Yay for an exact-o knife! You can see the cardboard underneath I used to prevent myself from cutting the rug.|
|The top middle star is positioned to cover the initial stain and then I branched out from there.|
|Ta da! |
Sorry for the blurriness, taking pictures in the mirror is more difficult than I thought.
Tips & Tricks:
- Place cardboard underneath of your shirt. I did not for the sleeves and was fine but it's a pretty thick sweater, if you're just working with a t-shirt definitely do what you can to protect the back.
- Mix your bleach in a 50% solution with water, DO NOT USE FULL STRENGTH BLEACH!
- Whether you are using a spray bottle or a foam brush allow your first spray or dab to dry completely so that you can see how clearly the design is coming through and if you even need to do a second. My failure to do this is what created the blurry starts/large splotches where the bleach soaked under because I used too much of it.
So there you have it! What sort of a design would you create?