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Topic: Is it possible to dye a navy blue skirt black?  (Read 6095 times)
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« on: December 07, 2008 07:31:02 PM »

So I bought a skirt online that I thought was black but ended up being navy blue.  Unfortunately, I took off the tags and wore it a few times before I realized that it wasn't actually black, so I can't really return it.  Is it possible to dye the skirt black, and if so, how would I go about doing it?
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008 06:05:28 AM »

If the skirt is made of a natural fiber (cotton, wool, etc... ) I can't see why it wouldn't be possible.  But if your skirt is polyester or rayon or otherwise a manmade fiber, then no.

« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008 12:08:09 PM »

It's 100% cotton!  Thanks so much!

is there a particular type of dye that one can use in small batches?  sorry for my extreme ignorance on the subject.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008 08:21:27 PM »

Cotton, linen, rayon, hemp, tencel and other cellulose fibers:
union dyes such as RIT or Dylon;
fiber reactive dyes such as Procion MX type (includes Dylon COLD dyes ONLY, which are not easily found in the US, other Dylon are union dyes)
direct dyes such as Diazol  (direct dyes are a component in many union dyes as well)
natural dyes such as indigo, cochineal, madder, woad, weld, cutch, etc.
vat dyes such as Inkodye

I got that from :  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199181.0

THere is alot of good info there Smiley  More then I can come up with anyway lol  I'm no great dyer...?is that a word, dyer?  LOL  Anyway.  that first answer was all I know about Dyeing!   Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008 12:59:55 PM »

Thanks *tons*!!
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2008 10:42:29 AM »

Dylon works great on cotton. You'll have to weigh you skirt before because a packet of dye can only dye a certain amount of fabric. If I remember well it's 250 g (half a pound) / packet (unless you want the color to be lighter).

« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2009 10:59:07 AM »

You can find Procion dyes online at dhrama trading com.  Also just be aware that there is no true black, just really dark colors.  If you dye it a red based black, then under certain lighting it will look dark red.  Also it depends on how the fabric was dyed before.  If it was dyed using industrial dyes, it will be hard.  Also fabric can only be dyed so much.  Think of it as fibers have acceptors sites and if they are all used up you can dye it anymore (example you could dye a piece 4 different colors but after that there would be no change) so it depends on how much it was dyed.  If you dye and see no change you really can't do anything.

« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2009 08:49:29 PM »

Interesting about only limited amount of dyeing!

The other factor with dyeing clothes is that the thread is probably not cotton, it's probably polyester, and won't pick up dyes unless it's a specific polyester dye. However, if your skirt is dark navy, I doubt dark navy on black would be that obvious. Anyway, good luck!

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