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DIY: Ombre Tights

By September 28, 2012Thank God Im Natural

If you are borderline obsessed with ombre styles and have at least one crafty bone in your body, then you will love these DIY tights. If you don’t already have a pair of tights at home that you’re willing to mess with, department stores like Target usually have a good selection of tights for around $5.

 

You Will Need:

  • Opaque tights (white or colored)
  • Dye (Jacquard Acid Dye, Rit or iDye Poly are known to work well)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dye set concentrate
  • A pot (large)
  • Ladle
  • Large container for cold water

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare dye as directed. For the first dye batch, make the mixture less concentrated with dye for the lighter end of your tights.
  2. Soak tights in cold water and wring out excess.
  3. When dye is ready, submerge tights all the way into your dye/water mixture. Take tights out, wring out excess dye, and re-dip a couple of times to make sure the first layer of dye applies evenly.
  4. Dip tights in container of cold water then wring out excess.
  5. Concentrate your dye/water mixture with more dye for the medium shaded parts of your tights.
  6. Submerge MOST (but not all) of your tights into the concentrated dye leaving out the tip of the lighter end (usually the feet). Wring out. Dip tights in again leaving out a little more this time. Wring out.
  7. Dip tights again in cold water then wring out excess.
  8. For the last batch of dye, add the remaining pigment to the mixture for the darkest end of the tights (usually the thighs).
  9. Dip the tights back into the dye leaving out most of the legs. Let sit for a minute.
  10. Remove another 8 or so inches from the dye and let sit for at least 10 minutes (or even overnight) to get as dark a shade as possible.
  11. Rinse the tights in cold water. Wring out excess, then soak in permanent dye set. Hang dry.
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