Friday, April 30, 2010

tutorial: ombre style onesie

got someone that's going to be a mom for the first time? or maybe for the 2nd, 3rd, or 15th time?
what better thing to make for her and her wee little bladder jumping, hemorrhoid maker, parasite in her belly baby, but a stylish hip ombre onesie.

i don't know about you but i've taken notice that the big names (prada being one of them) are putting out ombre style merchandise.

they're not the only ones either. fashion land is bringing this baby back. and well, i'm here to help your baby (or someone else's baby you give this as a gift to) the shot of wearing something that would make them cat walk friendly.
ready?
supplies:
onesie
rit dye (i used powder and "blush" for the color)
for embellishment (the flower) you will need an extra piece of jersey not the state but the t-shirt kind.
okay first i made my dye. i made my dye super strong, meaning i didn't add as much hot water that the package asked for. use your judgment on how much water. i used just enough to fill my container around 3 to 4 inches high.

next completely soak your onesie in water. (this will help continue the dye travel up the shirt)
next i set the bottom part of the onesie inside the dye. i let it sit there for quite some time (approx 3 to 5 minutes)
once i felt like the bottom was well saturated i quickly dipped the onesie up to the area i wanted to have a little bit of dye on it. (slightly under the sleeves). remember it will still continue to travel up... not too much but at least a little. keep that in mind.
*next i dipped the onesie a couple more times down to the the middle section so it would get a little bit darker dye on it but not as much as the bottom).
you can see in the picture the three shades of pink. as it dries it will make a fourth really light pink on top.
*take out the shirt and let it dry somewhere safe. i left mine in the sink flat. after i let it completely dry i rinsed it. (i just wanted to make sure the colors stayed vibrant...so i let it set by drying.)
after you rinse it...let it dry again.
*make sure you test your dye job for bleeding in the wash by putting it in first with some old towel you don't care about. just to make sure! i would hate to have people end up with pink underwear when it used to be white.
next i did the same thing with a few strips of t-shirt i had from another project.
this is what they looked like after i was done and let them dry, rinse, and dry again.
to make the little flower follow my instructions i give for the perfect flower ad on. but minus the button middle. and sew it on to the shirt by hand.


and there you have it. a perfect ombre onesie good enough to be on the catwalk.

have a fabulous weekend.
it snowed here the last two days. so i'll try my best to keep a happy face on even though inside i've just died a little. :)
we'll talk soon.
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41 comments:

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

Pretty!

And I know Chicago will get snow one more time this yr, too. Ugh...

michele said...

what a fun project! i think i need a lil' break from sewing....maybe i'll give this a go.

Rachel said...

Great idea and so cute!

I had a yellow ombre t-shirt when I was in grade 7. Nobody thought it was cool back then. Did I mention that it was also terry-cloth? haha.

Jennifer said...

Aww... that is just adorable! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)
~Jennifer
www.studiojru.com

Sharon said...

so cute!

Denise :) said...

I know the perfect recipient for this little beauty; thank you for sharing!! The red sandals/painted toes are still one of my favorite blog images of all times.

Ps...I'll trade your snow for our tornadoes! :)

badlandsquilts said...

Very cute!

Thimbleanna said...

That is just too cute V! It would be adorable in most any color too. Embrace the snow! ;-)

jaybird said...

super cute V!! ...and i happen to have a little niece coming in 4 days!! eek!

Larissa said...

Love it. I will have to try this for my new niece.

SNOW. The the H. I died a little inside for you. Maybe you should get out a dodge for awhile.

Oh wait, that is me that wants to get out of dodge. I need a girls trip.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

So cute V!!! Do you add vinegar to the die to help it stay? I've never dyed anything but I've heard that vinegar helps hold the color. Just wondering. I've also seen people dye stuff with koolaid or some other sort of kids juice drink. Cute! Jenn

Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

brilliant and adorable!
thanks for sharing your process~

Jennifer Rizzo said...

SO cute V! I am going to have to do this!

Whimsical Creations said...

How cute!

ktquilts said...

Very cute koolaid colors!!!

Blessings,
KT

Bonnie said...

you are soooo smart! I would have kept adding color to get it darker, but getting the clothing wet first... brilliant! Great idea, I'm thinking I'm going to surprise my husband and do his T shirts...lol, kidding!

Leslie said...

this is way too cute...genius

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, that is darling! What a fun idea, I'll be linking.

QuiltSwissy said...

definitely need to set it with vinegar or alum. That is what the big time dyers do!

I love the idea of snow! But, I am in Louisiana..........

glen: QuiltSwissy with no snow, ever!

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

extra cute!

Cheri said...

Very cool! I love it! Way to bring the runway to the onesie. Nice work, V! Brilliant.

Jill said...

ooh, that's cute. I've never dyed anything, but this looks worth trying out.

Victoria said...

It's darling!

Snow??? Sorry. I just planted tomatoes today. Of course you will have perfect summer weather once it comes and we will be hiding indoors from the GA sweltering heat.

dara said...

Did you know that ombre means shade in French?

Vickie E said...

cool!

Aimee said...

So cute onesie. And yes, part of me died with the coming of more snow, too. Oh spring, why did you tease us?

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Love it, this will be on my list for the grand babies. Thanks for the tutorial.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

This is such a fun idea!
It's snowy here too, so I know just how you feel. We spent a freezing day at the zoo on a kindergarten field trip. Snow in April stinks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I think my little granddaughter Audrey needs a few of those - thanks for the instructions V!!

Lori said...

Ok you, so I'm laughing because I usually know when it's you in the photo and when I got to the purse and the photo next to it, I thought, 'woah Vanessa' Teehee! I'm just sayin'

Cute idea with the onesie! Love it.

Bethany said...

Oh I love this. Gonna have to make one. I made your bandanna skirt for my little girl today. Turned out so cute. Thanks.

Katie said...

Brilliant!

Kari said...

Just wondering if it would work as well if you started from the top to bottom...as in doing the big, light pink first, then pull it out a little and let it sit a little while to get a little darker, then pull it out again and again. Thanks!

pinksuedeshoe said...

"Inside I've just died a little" or inside I've just dyed a little? hehehe. Great tutorial, it looks awesome!

Amanda said...

So easy and such an impact, thanks!

Michelle said...

Love this-I'm so gonna try it with little girl tights.

Rene' said...

This is great! Thanks for the directions. Love it.

Megan said...

love it!

Kim & Dave said...

Did it for all three of my kids-they are drying right now! Can't wait to see the final product!!!

Rowena said...

I never thought it is this easy!

Karrens said...

So great! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love all the fun stuff.

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