The town near us just got a store called Five Below put in. I had never heard of this chain prior to this but it’s one of those price point stores where everything in it is between $1 -$5. I was shocked to see the amount of nerd/geek/fanish type shirts they had in the place. I got these five shirts, all priced $5 each there yesterday. They had a pretty good selection overall of Marvel and DC merchandise like comic grab bags, water bottles, keychains, blind bag figures, action figures, and the like, as well. It looked like the turnover on goods were pretty fast so I will probably make checking in there a regular thing that I do.
I’ve got a pretty big stack of superhero shirts that need a little love and attention before I can wear them out. This one is a rag bag find and was headed to the dumpster before I rescued it. I’ll admit it looked pretty hopeless when I first got it but I wanted to see if I could fix it or not. I probably should have taken a pic of it in it’s original condition for comparison but I didn’t think about it at the time.
This is was it looked like after I ran it through a heavy duty bleach session and dried it. It cleaned up pretty well! However it did have a bit of that dingy white look to it that old white t-shirts get.
So I decided to tie dye it. So what do you think? Do you like the effect of the blue dye? I think it really makes the graphic pop out now. I had originally thought to use a few different colors but after I got this done I think I’m just going to keep it simple with only the blue. I’m going to make some alterations to the neckline and sleeves I think — maybe it will become a tank top when I’m completely finished with it.
If you are interested in a similar project here are a few tips:
- Cotton and other natural fibers will dye much easier that poly blends.
- Don’t waste your money on expensive dyes if you have a Dollar Tree in your area: look for these 3 packs of fabric paint. I used one tube of blue paint dissolved in 1 cup of hot water to dye my shirt.
- Before you set the dye you must let the shirt completely dry.
- Before you wash it for the first time don’t forget to set the dye for 24 hours in a container big enough to hold your shirt without too much wasted space. I used a 2 liter pitcher with a solution of 1/3 of a cup of white vinegar; 1/3 of a cup of salt; and enough water to cover the shirt.
So I found this t-shirt at Wal-Mart for only $7.50… in the men’s department of course. I don’t care though. I wanted it, so I decided I would just try to alter it to fit.
I cut off the neck band, about half of the sleeves, and shortened it a little. Then I hemmed it all with yellow thread.
It’s not perfect, but it turned out ok, and the fit is a lot better looking than the unaltered t-shirt. I have a couple of thrifted t-shirts I’m going to play around with and see what I can do.
Also posted this on my tumblr account.