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« on: March 04, 2007 02:17:06 PM »

Hey Craftsters! Long time no see >.<. My senior prom is coming up and I'm having a lot of trouble finding affordable prom dresses in my (plus)size and I can't sew, so I plan on just trying to find a light-colored base dress and altering it. The problem is, I have my heart set on something hot, vibrant pink. I mean, as obnoxiously bright pink as possible ^_^. Something like http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/greenwhimsy/awesomedress.jpg. Is it possible for me to achieve this with a dye? And if so, which brand? I've only ever used Rit dye and I don't think it will make it. Any ideas would be highly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2007 02:25:24 PM »

What fabric are you using? The type of fiber determines what type of dye you need. That being said you SHOULD use a natural fiber. Dyeing synthetic fibers is (I think) just a bad idea. The dye particles are really dangerous...like my friend said "Don't use it if you think you want to have children in the future" dangerous. (Yes people do it, they have done it at school, but I wouldn't unless it was in the proper place, a place strictly dedicated to dyeing, well ventelated and with a resporator.) I guess for a prom-type dress would be silk as opposed to cotton. Silk you can dye with acid dye (dyes for protein fibers) but fiber reactive dyes (which are for cotton/plant fibers) also work on silk. Check out www.dharmatrading.com for more information and supplies. Acid dye also works on nylon if you want to dye your own tulle.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2007 08:51:14 AM »

JoAnn's and Michael's sell Dylon dye (comes in powder form, and they have some great vibrant colors) --- though I haven't tried using it on fabric, so I don't know how it comes out, or how it washes.

Another product that has nice bright colors is Simply Spray (also carried by JoAnn's and Michael's). It's in a spray can, but is a flexible fabric dye.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2007 04:51:44 PM »

Thanks so much for the replies! Sorry I'm a little late with mine Tongue.

hoxierice - thanks for the tip on acid dyes! Like I said, I don't have much experience in this area and so had never heard of them, though they sound interesting. It looks like there's only that one brand, though. Do you know if they're available in any chain stores?

AndreaLynn - spray sounds like an interesting alternative! I'd never thought of it before. If I could find the right color,t hat might be the best bet yet! Or maybe a combination of things done in layers.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2007 05:00:13 PM »

I don't know if you can buy it in stores, whenever I go to like Michaels, they don't have a very good selection/variety of types of dye.

I think the spray sound interesting too. Maybe you could find fabric in a close color, or slightly contrasting..not the right word color so you have two tones...the base and the spray. I am tired and can't think of words right now.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2007 03:21:05 PM »


I think the spray sound interesting too. Maybe you could find fabric in a close color, or slightly contrasting..not the right word color so you have two tones...the base and the spray. I am tired and can't think of words right now.

It's alright ^_^. That's what I was thinking, as well.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2007 07:33:43 AM »

Yeah the only thing with the spray though is make sure your fabric is totally flat - since the spray was made to be an easy alternative to tie dye-ing with liquid dye, if there's a fold or any overlapping, it will catch that and won't seep through (which can be a good thing in some cases, but not so good in others lol). Here's a link with info if you haven't looked it up already

http://www.fabricspraypaint.com/
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007 08:40:10 PM »

I like the landscape range of dyes (which like me is Australian) Galah is a great bright pink that I use a lot when dyeing wool, but they have good range. It will only dye animal fibre though (wool silk etc and nylon for some strange reason.
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2007 08:25:50 PM »

first you should decide on what sort of fiber you'll be using.

if you are using a cellulosic fiber (cotton, rayon, linen, etc.) i recommend using procion fiber reactive dyes. wear gloves. i just did a sample skein for my weaving & dyeing class a few weeks ago and at 1% color (less concentration of dye in process) for fuschia my yarn was HOT HOT pink. the girl who did 3% was even brighter. that's just an idea for you... you can increase that up to 5% too.

for other fibers (wool, silk, ec.), try acid dye. i am weary about dyes from chain stores, but jaquard brand is good if they have that. the more you use, the more intense the color.

good luck! and wear a mask when working with powdered dyes. you DO NOT want to inhale any of those particles.

dharmatrading is the best place to get it from. they are in san rafael, ca if your in the bay area, but the mailorder EVERYWHERE.
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