(Closed) Mothers dress issue

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve seen this done with silk (tulle, chiffon and satin), but the underlayers were orange and the top layer was pink (it was for prom). It turned out beautifully. 


BUT be careful if the fabric is polyester (you have to use a specific dye and dyeing process for that). This thorough Yahhoo Answer sums it up rather nicely:


It depends on what fiber the dress is made of. It is easy to dye silk chiffon and silk satin, using acid dyes, but if your chiffon and satin are made of polyester, they will not take the dye at all.


The dress is the link is almost certainly polyester. Silk chiffon is nicer and more expensive, so if it were made of silk, they would probably say so.


Polyester can be dyed only with special polyester dyes, which are called disperse dyes; one brand is “iDye Poly”. Rit dye will not work at all on polyester; instead, it will just wash out. You cannot buy disperse dye in your local shops, but you can buy it by mail-order. In Australia, order it from Batik Oetoro; in the US, from Blick Art Materials or PRO Chemical & Dye; and in the UK, order from Fibrecrafts.


Disperse dyes are used by boiling the fabric in the dye for an hour or more, or using a pressure cooker. For clothing, this requires a large and expensive cooking pot which should never be used for food again afterwards.



Dyeing Polyester with Disperse Dyes:


Sources for Dyeing Supplies Around the World::

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