(Closed) Have you ever dyed clothing?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My sister and I have dyed some stuff before.  Fabric makes a HUGE difference.  Natural fabrics absorb color more easily and synthetic fabrics don’t take color very well in general.  We have always used those Ritt (sp?) dyes and they work pretty well, although the color never seems to turn out as vibrant as the color on the package/bottle.  You just have to go into the process knowing that your garment could come out horribly wrong.  That is why we have only ever dyed things that we didn’t really care if they got wrecked or not.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I died a cotton shirt before for my fiance and he wanted a dark red. It came out great, but we had to run a few bleach loads through the washer to get the red dye off! My mom also dyed her lab coat a pale pink and it came out great as well…but both fabirc were cotton. What type of fabric is the dress?

 

I think you def. have to go into it knowing that it can go wrong..but if you follow all ther steps I really think you will come out with something nice. I would go for a more pastel color. I think its easier and if it all goes terrible bad you can still dye it a dark color, even black!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve dyed lots of fabrics before. The best advice I can give is try to cut a small sample of the fabric first (the extra on the hem works well for this) to test it out. Read the packet carefully and follow the instructions to the letter. Good luck! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Make sure you stir the dye really well so there’s not little dots of dye on your clothes.  I recently bought a cute white sundress that I thought I could wear for the summer and later dye blue to wear later on.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Great idea on the fabric test using the hem! 

As for color, I would actually suggest picking a color you like and then keeping in mind that it will likely turn out three to four shades darker, expecially if your fabric is cotton nylon.  But you could always try to dye it again if it didn’t come out dark enough.  Also, the colors fade with washing in my experience. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It totally depends on the mixture if it turns out darker. Which is why I suggested testing it. Also keep in mind that every time you wash it it’ll go lighter so you’ll need to be super careful with it once it’s dyed.

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