How to Dye Your Dress Ombre at Home

8 Materials
3 Hours

I made a white cotton dress and it seemed a bit bland.

Inspiration dress

I was inspired by an ombre dress I saw online. So here’s how to ombre dye a dress easily and without too much mess.

Tools and materials:

  • White cotton garment
  • Fabric dye in 4 colors
  • Color fixative
  • Dish soap
  • Salt
  • Bucket
  • Protective gloves
  • Stirrer
Wetting dress

1. Wet the dress

Soak the dress well in cold water and wring it out.

Adding color

2. Mix the first color

Wear protective gloves! Add boiling water to a plastic container. The first one I used was too big, so I switched to a bucket for the other colors.

Adding color

I used about a quarter of the dye each time. Stir it into the water with some dish soap and salt, as directed on the dye bottle.

Adding dress to dye mix

3. Add the dress

Lower the bottom section of the dress into the dye. Make sure it’s fully covered and leave it for 20 to 25 minutes.

Rinsing dress

4. Rinse 

Rinse out the excess dye from the dress in cold water between colors.

Adding color

5. Other colors

Mix the dye in the same way as before for each color.

Lower the portion of the dress you want to dye into it without overlapping the previous section.

Adding color

I didn’t leave the top section in as long, because it’s a darker color.

Adding color

6. Fix the color

Mix the color fixative as directed and leave the dress to soak in it.

Rinse the dress again afterwards, then wash it in cold water and dry naturally.

How to dye your dress ombre at home

How to dye your dress ombre at home

And here’s how it turned out! Just as I wanted it. 

I love how these colors go together. The dyeing process was really straightforward - just follow the instructions.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Suggested materials:
  • White cotton garment
  • Fabric dye in 4 colors
  • Color fixative
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