Sometimes it feels like all of the clothes in the world are in my bedroom. I have too much. I don’t go on shopping sprees every other day. My problem is with attachment.
I’ll give you a little insight into my life.
Most of this stuff only sees the outside world during the odd costume party, the rest: sewing scraps.
There are many ways to deal with the surplus:
yard sales / consignment
But I’m taking baby steps. I’ll keep the clothes and try to make them useful through the ART OF DYEING.
I am an amateur. I’ve done tie-dyeing at summer camps (both of which I hated). But it stopped there. Luckily, dyeing clothes is the easiest thing you can do. Especially if you don’t really care about the results.
– Fill the bucket of boiling water with a packet of blue dye – I used Tintex. Add a bunch of salt. Use enough water to immerse the material.
– Let the dye dissolve. Stirring the solution with an implement you don’t want to use ever again.
– Look for undissolved clumps by transferring the solution to another container and then back again. I didn’t.
– Make sure the clothes are clean. This tip isn’t very helpful if you’re dyeing scummy white t-shirts on the slim chance that they will be wearable once again.
– Let it all soak while turning the material in the mixture. I let it soak for at least 4 hours.
– Wash in cold water and mild soap. Soak it for awhile and rinse until the water runs (mostly) clear.
I haven’t worn any of it yet. I will let you know if it works in practice.
Now that I’ve told you what to do, I will link to this (much more methodical) article on the art of dyeing.