Secret of the week: Goodwill Outlet off of Burleson. This place was like heaven on earth – rows and row of bins overflowing with all sorts of clothing and linens at a everyday low price of $4 per pound! It can be a bit cut throat, because local vintage shop owners scour this place in the morning before our day jobs allow us to get there. But believe me, there is enough to go around. If a bin starts to feel a bit empty, they just roll out a new one. This is my ideal shopping experience – digging for cheap finds that can be dressed up and down. The key is to throw everything in your basket that looks even remotely appealing to you. Then, find a quiet place to sort out the keepers.
All this to say I found a great white dress! The trouble was that it was stark white, and I enjoy more of a winter white that can be layered and worn more often. So – I decided to try my hand at antiquing since I had very little to lose (a 50-cent white dress). I was so happy with the results that I thought I’d share!.
Make a soaking bath for the garment. I used hot water, 1/2 cup of salt, and 1 TBSP liquid laundry detergent. While everything is dissolving, prepare your dye bath. For my dress, I used the RIT tan dye powder (about 1 TBSP because I only wanted a slightly off-white). You can also use coffee or black tea, but since this was my first rodeo I played it safe with store-bought dye. Once your dye is dissolved in hot water (or tea/coffee has brewed), combine the dye bath and the soaking bath and stir well.
When the bath is prepared, soak your garment in hot running water. Once the garment is wet, throw it into the bath and stir constantly until the desired color is met. Remember, it will look a lot darker wet than it will when it’s dry, so don’t be tempted to pull out too soon. If you do pull it out too soon, you can always repeat the process to deepen the color.
Once the desired color is met, rinse the garment until water runs clear. Ring out the garment and throw it in the dryer! When you’re garment is all dry, hang it up and admire the work of your hands!