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« on: June 25, 2007 08:44:49 PM »

hey all.

firstly, if this is in the wrong spot, please let me know or delete it.  i wasn't sure where else to put it.

anyway, i just got a somewhat casual retail job where i can wear any color denim but blue, so i figured i could just dye some of my jeans black and save some money instead of buying new ones.

i got some RIT dye and did the 'stovetop' method, but with hot water in a bucket.  they looked all right last night, but this morning (when dried), they weren't black at all.  they just looked dirty and gross. 

i also tried dying a white camisole.  just plain cottony fabric.  and that looked great, too.  until this morning!  it had these strange brown-y patches.  kind of like... if you bleach out some black t-shirt and it gets that coppery brown color. 

i have no idea what is happening.  i tried doing some research on the web, but every site is giving conflicting answers.

do i have to buy color remover?  or can i dye them again, but use salt?  are my dyed-ugly-blue jeans beyond fixing?

please help!

« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007 10:33:28 PM »

Sorry I can't help, but I would like to know, too! Whenever I try dying something it turns out alright until it dries or I wash it. It becomes all splotchy and ugly.  Sad
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2007 06:57:04 PM »

If you want to dye a garment you have worn & washed a few times start by washing it without detergent & drying without fabric softener- or basicly a good soak & rinse follwed by a hang dry- this gets out stuff that will resist the dye. If it's stretch denim it has man made fibers in it that will not dye or won't dye well- home dyeing really requires pure natural fibers: cotton, linen, silk, wool, ramie.

Always use salt if you fear using soda ash as a fixative. Soda ash is pretty caustic, it's like dealing with chlorine- salt of course you could pour all over yourself to no ill effects.

The blotches on your blouse were from uneven coverage- you have to go poke/ stir/ prod your garment often for an even dye.

I tried dyeing white jeans black with Rit and only succeded in a nice charcoal grey- I think if you want a real black Rit just ain't gonna cut it...get a higher quality dye.
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2007 07:08:47 PM »

Black is a hard color in general.

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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2007 07:11:14 PM »

Try some good dyes from dharmatrading.com. They have a black and suggestions on how to get decent results with it, but it is a tricky color. At least it won't wash out. Everything I've dyed with Dharma procion dyes is still nearly as bold as the day I dyed it, and I've worn the heck out of them.

« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2007 10:42:23 AM »

thank you for the replies.

i kept researching online and the general consensus was to use color remover first.
so i went out and bought two packs of that, followed the instructions to remove the color from the cami and the jeans.

there was no change on the jeans at all except for making them fuzzy since they've gone through a lot these past days with all the dying and washing.  the camisole/tank top just got really stiff feeling and the color got slightly lighter.

the color of the jeans aren't ugly, they're just not black.

i'll look into the dyes you all suggested and see what i can come up with.

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