Tuesday, February 9, 2010

D.I.Y. Proenza Schouler Tie-Dye

Oh those crazy Proenza Schouler boys....just look at what they are up to now! Tie-dye? You must be asking yourself, "Really?" Just wait, my friend, this is not the tie-dye you remember from experimenting as a kid or the wardrobe staple of Greatful Dead dead heads. PS's dye job looks much more tribal or even surf-chic with bright yellow, teal, blue and black to give it an edge. These frocks and tops cost a pretty penny and will definitely not be in the Shitty Chic-er's budget (trendy + designer = no way). But, leave it to the lovely ladies at WhoWhatWear.com and PS I Made This to combine their crafty forces to replicate the tie-dye shirt shown in Proenza Schouler's S/S 2010 collection.

Proenza Schouler shirt - $375

Your creation - under $50

Here is how DIY made it:


-Rubber Gloves
- Tulip Tie Dye ($5) in Black, Blue, and Yellow
-American Apparel Sheer Jersey Long Sleeve Tee ($26)

1. Lay the shirt down on a flat surface. Insert a piece of cardboard in between the layers, so the dye does not bleed through from the front to the back!
2. Spray sides of the shirt with the Yellow fashion dye creating two outer panels of color.
3. Spray the middle section of the shirt with the darker contrasting color (in this case, the Blue fashion dye). It's ok if the color overlaps a little bit—we think the bleeding looks cool!
4. Let it dry flat (for approximately thirty minutes; it's ok if it’s a bit damp, as it will help the color bleed) and repeat first three steps on the backside of the shirt.
5. Once it has dried, gather the shirt in very thin vertical sections, grabbing from the neck and the bottom of the shirt (to create an accordion effect!)
6. Finally, make thin horizontal lines with the Black fashion dye (with tip applicator) across the gathered accordion surface using the tip of your tie dye bottle nozzle. Repeat on the sleeves.
7. Again, our master crafter recommends you wait for the shirt to dry for three days before washing, according to the directions on the tag. For peace of mind, wash it in like colors or all by itself first!

Click here for the whole shebang on WhoWhatWear.com.

Pictures courtesy of Style.com and psimadethis.com. Instructions from psimadethis.com


  1. We just had a Proenza Schouler tie-dye party last night, love it :) http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2010/04/06/diy-proenza-schouler-tie-dye/

  2. I have to give full credit to the blog PS I Made This. She rocks!

  3. I'll have to try this one next! I made the Proenza Schouler black and white tank. You can check it out here:



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