· Rit Dye in Rose Quartz and Aquamarine ·
The results of the reader poll were to dye the Free People top pink and the Lucky top turquoise. I used Rit dye (in the washer, with salt) to dye each of the mostly cotton tops from white to another color in my wardrobe palette.
The choices for the Free People top were pink and gray and you wisely chose pink. One reader mentioned that gray next to the face wouldn’t have been flattering and that’s a good point. Of course, as soon as I bought the pink dye, I realized that I already have a long-sleeved, button-front top in almost the exact same shade, but proceeded anyway. Before and after:
I love how this turned out! I didn’t think the lace would take the dye, at all, but the webbing did, while the flowers did not. The flowers are highlighted now, with the pink background.
The choices for the Lucky top were red and turquoise. After you selected turquoise, I realized that Rit doesn’t make a turquoise dye. The closest colors were Teal and Aquamarine. I could have combined the two, but decided to go for the Aquamarine. It’s a bit paler and less green than I would have liked, but the shade is definitely true to the bottle! Before and after:
I suspect this top is not 100% cotton because it didn’t dye evenly. There is some variation in color. (The content tag was cut out, so I had to guess at the fabrication.) The slight mottling may come out in subsequent washes, but it’s not a deal breaker. The most disappointing outcome is that the hot water required for the dyeing process seemed to have completely killed the already saggy elastic at the sleeve cuffs. I am debating whether to try and replace the elastic or just cut the ends of the sleeves off and give them a regular hem. (Maybe embellished with ball trim?)
That’s the beauty of thrifted items: they are low-risk for creative processes. I can dye the garment or cut bits off or add embellishments without fear of “ruining” something precious. I hope I’ve inspired you to try a DIY (Dye It Yourself) of your own. Thank you for your help choosing the colors for my project. I’m looking forward to wearing my “new” tops.