Can I make all my clothes ombré?

Tie dye is fun when you’re young, but it can be hard to transition into adulthood without looking dated or childish. The creative team at Martha Stewart has surprisingly come up with a quick and easy way to get the best of both, having a fun tie dye look that is still age appropriate and fashionable. Combining this season’s love of ombré and a deep navy color, this top will make your transition from lazy summer days to cool, crisp autumn nights effortless!


Sheer jersey long-sleeve white t-shirt
Large plastic storage bin
Stir stick
All-purpose liquid dye
Old fabric or paper towel
Sewing pins


Wash and dry fabric. Fill plastic bin with hot water at least 6 inches deep. Stir in dye, starting with a small amount and adding more as desired. Dip a sample strip of fabric or paper towel to test color. If too dark, add water; if too light, add dye. Let solution sit, so there are no bubbles at the surface.

Determine where you want the top of the dyed band to be; use pins to mark that line on fabric. Holding your fabric as straight as possible, dip into dye solution to just below the pin line.

For a more colorful effect, use two or more dyes in varying shades of blue (or whatever color you are working with). First dip the shirt in the lightest color, progressing to the darker color, each time dipping the shirt in less and less deep.

Rinse fabric in cold water to remove excess dye until the water runs clear. Hang to dry. Wash separately the first couple times to prevent the dye from staining other fabrics, and you have a wearable tie-dye top!