Friday, 4 May 2012

Dip Dye Ombre Denim Jacket DIY





If you've not noticed the dip dye/ombre trend popping up all over the high street then where have you been?! About a month ago I popped into Topshop and fell in love with a pink dip dyed denim jacket (pictured below) but it was £45.00. I couldn't help thinking I could have a go at making one myself for a quarter of that price and it would be so easy.
I love the way it's turned out and wanted to share how I did it so you can give it a go yourself in 10 simple steps. Search around for second hand denim jackets in charity shops or ebay to get a good deal. I also bought my pink fabric dye on ebay too for a few pounds.


You Will Need:
1 x Denim Jacket
1 x Packet of Dylon Fabric Dye in Flamingo Pink
5 tablespoons of Salt
6 litres of warm water
1 x Large Bucket
Gloves


Step 1 - Add the salt to 6 litres of warm water (in your bucket) and mix with a spoon.
Step 2 - Dissolve Dylon dye in 500ml of warm water and stir well until all the powder has disappeared.
Step 3 - Add the liquid pink dye to the bucket of salt water. Stir well.



Step 4 - Dip the bottom half of your denim jacket into the dye. Swish the jacket around a little and keep the pink water moving. Using a large metal spoon helps.
Step 5 - Move the jacket up and down in the water to create the ombre effect. The bottom section should be the strongest in colour so leave this to soak for up to half an hour. Stir the water around every so often to make sure it reaches all areas of the denim.
Step 6 - Lower the jacket into the dye a little more and leave for a further 15 minutes.



Step 7 - After the jacket has been soaking for 45mins, remove from the dye. Wring out with hands.
Step 8 - Rinse the jacket in cool water, I had a second bucket ready and waiting to do this.
Step 9 - Throw the whole thing in the washing machine on a quick cycle without washing powder or soap.
Step 10 - Hang it out to dry and then wear with pride!


In total I spent around £12 making my own version which is a huge saving of £33 on the Topshop jacket. Plus it was so fun to do, and whilst I had the bucket of pink dye, I dipped a few other items in there too!
I have another exciting Ombre DIY coming very soon so keep your eyes peeled if you were a fan of this one.

x



*If you'd like to see more DIYs by Gwen McMullin, check out the DIY tab at the top of the page.

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  2. This is brilliant - you are so clever! x

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  3. absolutely love this!! I was thinking of doing the same thing but with denim shorts, dye and bleach. Glad you've put up a tutorial though as I was just going to 'wing' it :P
    What else have you dyed, I'm excited to see what you've come up with!
    Rachel
    xx

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm going to post my other dyed item next week so keep your eyes peeled its an exciting one! xx

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  4. I love the look of this! I'd love to try it myself but I'm a little scared of working with dyes because it isn't reversable haha!

    Frances xx

    http://francescassandra.blogspot.com

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  5. omg i ama totally doing that
    to my jacket thanks for the idea ♥

    http://evictedbyfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Love this, Ive been wanting to do this to some of my denim Levi's, buying them already studded/ombre makes them more expensive! so for people on a budget this is perfect. :) x

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  7. this is really cool, and so tempting to do! save you a bundle

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  8. Oh I love this! Saving loads of pennies too in the process! xxx

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  9. wow that is extremo clever! defintely doing this :)

    xo
    theyoungbridgetjones.blogspot.com

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  10. Looks incredible! I would never have thought about doing something like that - your jacket looks amazing!

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  11. It looks really good! A great way to get the look at a fraction of the price plus no-one else will have the same jacket x

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  12. Wow, that looks absolutely amazing. I know I could never do that!

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  13. Omg! I love it! You should totally add a few studs, but it looks great anyway.
    I definitely wanna trying this out.

    L.
    Good Morning Angel.

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  14. hi i love this!! i was wondering i want to dipdye a light blue cotton sweatshirt with pink dye, will the pink come out fine or not?:( thankyou so much!!xx

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    1. That should work fine :) The dip dye might even have a slight purpley hue due to the mix of pink and blue but that would look lovely! xx

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  15. i think yours actually looks nicer than the topshop one! x

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  16. I actually love what you have done, me and my friend have been meaning to do this for a while but we can't find any plain sweaters anywhere, do you have any ideas where they might be sold? And secondly, when buying the fabric dye, do I get the 50g or the 200g sachet?

    Thank you xxx

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    1. This might help you - http://thisfashionismine.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/diy-ombre-studded-shoulder-sweater.html
      I link to where I bought my plain sweater.
      Alternatively just search 'raglan sweaters' in ebay.

      And just the 50g sachet is plenty :) x

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  17. I have been looking for a denim jacket for ages but I had sort of given up. Now though the quest MUST continue!! I need this xo

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  18. I am in love with your blog, i'm your newest follower!

    Amazing DIY!! Completely in love!

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  19. I tried this today. Thanks for the tutorial! Although mine didn't end up as nice as yours.

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  20. Love this idea ive just went out and bought a white tshirt and some dylon dye in navy blue im gonna have a go at it it looks really creative and fun. xxxxx

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  21. Not my style, but it's such a good DIY anyways :)xx

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  22. Extremely late, not only on the bandwagon but also discovering your blog and this post. Absolutely love this, definitely going to give it a go!

    Elle
    http://theellenextdoor.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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  23. Hi! I was wondering how the color has held up now that a lot of time has passed? I want to do this as well but just not sure how permanent this brand's dye is. Thanks!

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  24. Did you dampen your jacket first, or dip it dry?

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