The first shirts came out pretty well. We placed the shirts in soda ash water then tied them with rubber bands, mixed up the procion dye colors with water , then put that on the shirts. Covered the shirts with plastic for two days. then rinsed them out, washed them in the washing machine, a couple of times to get all of the excess dye out, then dried them in the dryer.
What did I learn? The colors in the first shirts came out great. The second batch of shirts I did one month later. I used the first batch of dye I had mixed with only water. I only needed yellow so mixed up yellow as a new color. Even though the dye was mixed with only water, and the tops were capped, the colors had lost some of their brilliance and they came out faded looking. I also noticed that Mickey didn't show up well when I put yellow over the stitched areas. Not enough contrast. So in the future I will throw away or somehow right away use up the dye I've mixed up.
I don't have enough time to make up another batch of shirts as I have to mail these off so they can take them to Disney.
|This is the second batch of shirts that I did, as they had gone home.|
I ened up pinning the front and back together so they would remain the same while stitching.
|You take your pattern, (this was blown up 1.5 X), and you trace around it in pencil.|
|This is what it looks like all pulled up, kind of looks like a mouse head!|
|Since I used Procion dye from Dharma Trading I needed to soak the tees in a solution of |
1 cup of Soda Ash to 1 gal of water, for 15 or so minutes. Then I squeeze the excess water out of them.
They are ready to put dye on them. The soda ash acts as a fixer for the dye.
|My dye has been mixed with water and put into squeeze type bottles and labled with their colors.|
|This is my smaller bin, that I have a grate that I bought at Goodwill. What I try to do is to keep Mickeys head|
off to one end so that the colors won't mix into it.
|My Grandson's second shirt. Notice how orange the red color came out,|
and the blue and green are quite faded.
|My daughters second shirt. This is not a plain tee shirt, it's a wrap front tee, very light weight.|
|A close up of Mickey on my daughter's shirt.|
|My son-in law's first shirt.|
|My son-in law's second shirt as he didn't get to make one the first time around.|
|Se how good Mickey's head shows up. A much better contrast.|
There will be more dying in my future, I'm having so much fun!
Sew see you later,