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Written by: Dolores Hark
Date posted: 27 August 2012

Now that I have my own washing machine (and not one at a laundry mat), I’ve got back into my old habit of updating my clothes by dyeing them, especially with Rit Dye.

This past weekend I did a few batches – blue, burgundy, and purple. I am so psyched! Skirts, a dress, tops, a scarf. I even at the last minute dropped in an old favorite printed thermal and super glad I did it – looks great!

Also, I’ve taken to using the scissors a lot. I literally cut the top off a dress and now I am sitting here wearing it as a skirt. It was brand new and I loved the material, but the top was literally non-existent, and as a dress it was quite short. Since the bottom has an elastic band all around and the material non-fraying, it all worked out well. The dress I dyed was also brand new. I got it on sale, but I couldn’t deal with the color. Both the modified items were from UO reminding me of how when it first opened, a large percentage of the clothes were refurbished. So they would source a lot of say, old dresses, of a certain type, then refinish them the same way. But you had these subtle variations with each piece, which was super fun.

There were several gift items in the mix too. Say you receive a shirt of a certain color you never wear, for whatever reason, but the fit is fine. That is a great dye bath candidate! Also the super on sale five dollar shirt in the awful shade of bright whatever – that is also a great candidate for a dye job.

My next favorite thing – a glue gun. Seems shocking, but I’ve also managed to do some clothing refurbishing with a basic glue gun. My favorite skirt that I made for this past summer did require a bit of sewing also since I wanted pleats, but otherwise the glue gun carried me through. I was the item on cold and hang dry it. Several months and it’s held up.


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