I learned about reverse tie dye or bleach discharge a few years ago. There isn't alot on-line about the process so I posted a short blog post about my experiments. I've made several tee shirts and a few hoodies and bandanas. The next step in my reverse tie dye exploration is reverse tie dyeing and over dyeing. Typically I am cautious,make lists and plan a project out fully before attempting to complete it for blogging purposes or just my amusement. Well this time I was asked to make and sell a custom hoodie and without any thought to how I was going to make it happen said,"YES!" Then I immediately got the BG's. The bubble guts. I knew I could reverse tie dye the hoodie but over dye it? Probably. I really don't like losing. Failure was not an option! So I decided I wouldn't and proceeded to teach myself how to overdye a garment that has been bleach tie dyed or reverse tie dyed. The first step was to figure out how much bleach I could use on the black hoodie and keep the fabric sturdy enough to take on more punishment or dye.
I kept my mixture pretty light on the bleach and just added more in slow increments. After soaking the hoodies in just plain warm water( to make them easier to handle) I folded them into patterns and rubber banded them. I applied the diluted bleach solution pretty liberally and waited. I dyed them one at a time so that my bleach stop solution would only have one hoodie soaking in it at a time.
After the hoodie acheived the bleached out look
I truly underestimated how much dye it would take to cover light orange as well as the problem of losing the design or pattern outline once I started applying the over dye color. It took a couple of attempts but I finally was able to dye the light orange areas of the hoodie a rustic olive green. Olive green or bright green were the requested dye colors. I've since packaged up the sweatshirt and mailed it out to my customer but I was super happy that I was able to successfully over dye a bleach tie dye garment. Here are a few photos of the reverse tie dye process and over dye project! Enjoy!
Oh and as always you may purchase similar items from my etsy shop or request a custom tee shirt or hoodie for your loved ones or yourself!
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