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amother




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Post  Thu, Oct 03 2019, 6:17 pm
I want to dye a skirt has anyone tried that?
Can you recommend a good dye? Instructions? Tips?

TIA
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 


Post  Thu, Oct 03 2019, 6:18 pm
First, find out what type of fabric you have. Then I can help you with the dye and instructions.
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ra_mom




 
 
 


Post  Thu, Oct 03 2019, 6:22 pm
It's very difficult. Not all material will take the dye and not always will it stay.
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amother




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Post  Thu, Oct 03 2019, 6:28 pm
95 rayon
5 spandex

Trying to make a beige skirt black
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zaq




 
 
 


Post  Thu, Oct 03 2019, 8:27 pm
Synthetics are almost impossible to due successfully. Natural fabrics do best. Rayon, made from wood pulp, may be more like natural fabrics in this case, but the spandex may be a problem.
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 


Post  Thu, Oct 03 2019, 11:14 pm
How attached are you to this skirt? Are you OK if it's a failure?

There is one type of dye that can be safely used to dye a rayon/spandex blend, but the black may turn out to be a different shade. Try comparing different items of clothing you have now that are black. If you put them side by side, you will see that there is a lot of variability. Would it look right if you get a different shade of black?

Another problem is that any stitching that is now bone colored will remain that color after dyeing. Almost all clothing is sewn together with polyester thread at the seams. Look closely to see if there is any light-colored stitching that will ruin the look you want.

You must avoid all hot water dyes, since the dress contains spandex. Do not use an all-purpose dye, such as Rit or Tintex, because these dyes require hot water, but hot water is very bad for spandex. The dye you want to use is fiber reactive dye, such as Procion MX dye. You will probably need to buy this dye by mail-order, unless your local crafts store carries either Procion MX dye or Tulip One Step Fashion Dye in the color you want. (Tulip One Step Fashion Dye contains Procion MX type dye.)

If you want the bone-colored parts to become a perfectly smooth solid black, you must stir it constantly, for something like an hour, in a five-gallon bucket with the dye, salt, and soda ash, or you can dye it in the washing machine, though the machine will require that you buy a much larger quantity of dye. Since rayon is very fragile when wet, you must be careful not to strain the fabric in any way while it is in the dye bath.
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amother




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Post  Fri, Oct 04 2019, 1:13 pm
Wow thanks for all the info!
I think it’s worth a shot it’s a cheap skirt and will prob not wear it much again anyway
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 


Post  Sat, Oct 05 2019, 1:30 pm
This project can be a lot of fun. I suggest you don't use your washing machine, unless you wash a load of black clothing afterwards to clean the insides of dye residue. I find using a deep bucket to be much more effective, and you have more control over the process.

When the skirt is dry, steam iron every single bit of it, as the heat will help set the dye and keep it from running. There's nothing worse than wearing a dyed skirt on a hot day, and getting your legs stained when they start to sweat! Surprised
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top mom




 
 
 


Post  Sat, Oct 05 2019, 5:31 pm
Frantic Frummie your vast knowledge amazes me!
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