When I saw this cotton Equipment shirt, I was so excited as I LOVE a good button up! It fit to perfection except when I brought it home I realized that the color wasn’t taupe and it wasn’t off white or cream either. The shirt was an extremely light khaki color that just wasn’t what I thought it would be, and didn’t go well with anything in my fall/winter capsule wardrobe. I was about to return it when I realized that Wasteland doesn’t except returns. It helps to know the return policies at different consignment shops because they do vary.
Instead of getting upset about it I decided to dye it. I was going to try dying the piece with coffee when I realized that I’d rather dye the shirt navy blue. Navy blue has become one of my all time favorite neutrals. It is so chic, yet it’s not black. I’d rather wear navy blue versus black on most occasions now. Instead of learning how to dye with indigo, I opted for an easier option of using a fiber reactive dye instead. The fiber reactive dye is used is Jacquard iDye and is sold at a local art supply store called Blick Art Materials where I also purchased the leather paint I used to makeover my favorite ballet flats a few years ago.
This is what I was originally working with after I washed it and it dried before dying it. The shirt probably looks worse that it was because it’s not ironed in this picture.
Here is the shirt after dying it with Jacqard iDye. It looked 100 times better in my opinion!
I then purchased black matte buttons to replace the light khaki buttons for a sleeker look.
The results could not have pleased me more. To dye the shirt I boiled water and poured the water into a large plastic bowl that I placed in the bathtub. I added the dye which was completely mess free and stirred it some with a plastic spoon. I then added the shirt and stirred it occasionally. I let it sit overnight before rinsing. The dye is fiber reactive so did not dye or stain anything except the shirt. I wrung the shirt out wearing gloves, and let it drip dry over the tub before washing it. I did not wash it right away because I wanted to make sure that the dye was strong. I hand washed the shirt first before putting it in the washing machine with other dark colors.
This is now one of my favorite shirts!
See my complete fall/winter capsule wardrobe here!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)