I stumbled across this old blog entry from the coveted about gradient tights. Living in Chicago, it goes without saying that I rarely wear skirts without tights. There are a lot of cool colorful and textured tights for sale in shops, but they tend to run at high prices—and get runs in them by the end of the night. I just knew I had to make my own pair of gradient tights.
Since I was already whipping out the ole fabric dye, why not try do a gradient on something else? I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and picked up a bag o’ faux feathers for less than two bucks. Believe me, feathers have plenty of uses. It’s probably best to just keep some handy at all times.
What you need:
Light colored tights.
Fabric dye: try Rit, available at most grocery stores
gloves (optional… but some of us like to keep our skin soft and un-blue.)
Mix a dye bath according to the directions on fabric dye package. The kind in a box usually requires salt, the bottle does not.
Rinse tights, or whatever you’re dyeing, in water. The dye takes better to wet fabric.
Dip the tights in the dye bath as far as you want the color to go.
Hang them up in the shower with a bucket underneath (your roommates will be glad you didn’t dye the tub). Gravity will make a natural gradient in your tights as the color drips down, saturating the toe more than the rest of the garment.
Hang tight for a couple hours.
Rinse the excess color out of tights.
Hang tights to dry, hang tight once more
say tight again.
My tights! They didn’t turn out as dark as I had hoped, but the gradient is more apparent in real life than it is in these photos. My apartment is very… dim. My legs kind of look like corpse legs, but hey, I can rock it.
The feathers turned out really well! They look cute if you pin them in your ‘do using bobby pins the same color as your hair, either near the top for a flashier look or as a subtle accent underneath.
I used a needle to puncture the ‘stems’ of a couple feathers and threaded black string through them. This made for a great invisible necklace over a black top, and was yet another way to put them in my hair. To shorten faux feathers, simply cut the stem and peel off as many plumes as necessary to give them the shape you want.