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Fashion Fashionista: Make DIYtie-dye

Jennifer St. Denis | Interrobang | Lifestyles | January 29th, 2007

Feeling crafty? There are many looks you can achieve using a little bit of imagination, inspiration and elbow grease.

The best DIY (do-it-yourself) clothing, if done with patience and creativity can be some of the most noticed and affordable threads in your closet.

My personal favourite is the tie-dye technique. Inspired by a very groovy Halloween costume and a magical night, I decided to dye almost everything I could get my hands on. An old, but still cute bathing suit that needed a pick-me-up turned into a retro piece of art. Old tee shirts, pj's even headbands or purses are great pieces to work with and tie-dye accessories are always a blast from the past.

Sticking with the same sort of theme of fabric dyeing, a great way to salvage your favourite shirt that has been stained, or just give some life and vibrant colour to an old garment is to dip dye it to change it's appearance. Very affordable and dramatic, dip dying can make an old outfit new again, simply by changing its colour. A great way to find dyeing techniques is to do a quick search through Youtube.

For a summery-chic look, make an instant halter out of a bandana or silk scarf. If done right, it can fool anyone into thinking your old shall or scarf is a great summer top. Opt for a full size scarf, as you don't want to look skimpy or trashy, but fully covered and ready to hit the hot summer streets.

You can also update your old boring jeans with paint, rips and sequins. Or you can recycle them into a great new denim mini.

There are so many ways to update your look, with or without breaking the bank. Trying some of these DIY remedies, or researching some of your own can spruce up just about anything. So before throwing out your favourite pair of jeans or a faded bikini, try some of these DIY remedies and it will be out with the old and in with the like-new.
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