Tie-dye Sportcoat

I’ve wanted to try tie-dying a sportcoat for a while, occasionally looking for white cotton jackets in thrift shops. Finally I broke down and bought the cheapest new white cotton jacket I could find, a $60 G by GUESS blazer. The low-water immersion technique┬áseemed best since it might be difficult to fold and tie something like a jacket. I thought I would keep it a light colored jacket by using diluted periwinkle for the color, but it still came out with strong color (though it’s not as blue as it looks in the photo).

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Apparently the styling is meant for teenagers with long skinny arms. I haven’t figured out any occasion where it might be appropriate to wear it, but I did wear it to work one day with mixed reactions. I’m told if I wear it unbuttoned, it looks less like a woman’s jacket. Maybe I’ll try again with a duller color like brown, gray or dark blue.

I also did a shirt using a variation of the low-water immersion where I packed the shirt into a tight container and sprinkled dye powder over it and then added water. I put the purple dye around the edge and the yellow dye in the middle. I think it came out very good.

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