- 9 years ago
I like to make my own evening clothes from fabric I dye to get gorgeous colors.
Here are just a few tips if you are thinking about dyeing.
*Fabric must be 100% natural. Synthetics do not dye well at all.
*Fabric for “dry clean only” clothes have never been washed in hot water. So the clothes shrink. Some fabrics shrink 2 sizes. So dye dress in COLD water only.
*Virtally all gowns are made with synthetic thread that doesn’t dye. So if you dye the dress, pick a light pastel so the stitches don’t show unless you are staring at them close.
*If you and/or your BMs are making your dresses, use cotton thread so it will dye later.
*Do not use Rit or other cheap dye. The fabric will come out dull. Use a jacquard dye you buy at artist supply stores or online.
*If you want to dye in the washing machine using cold water only and the delicate setting like I do, use iDye and their accompanying fixative. You will have to reset the agitation session several times so the dye is being worked into the fabric for the proper amount of time, but you get far better results than if you dyed the garment in the sink. Just round up a book and a kitchen timer. You can buy iDye and the special fixative for natural fibres here: http://www.dharmatrading.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?query=iDye&quickjumpURL=&quickjumpURL2=
*Try dying a yard of fabric that is close to the exact fibre content as your dress as a test. 80% wool and 20% silk, for example. Also try to get the same type of weave as well. (Ex: Crepe du chine silk needs more dye than silk for linings.)
*Ribbons, trim, lace, lining, boning, buttons, etc all have additional requirements for success. Get advice from a textile artist, hopefully one who works at the artist supply store.
*Dyeing is a one way street. If you feel nervous, hire a textile artist to dye it for you.