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tragedienne306
« on: April 10, 2005 08:03:08 AM »

Well, you see, I have this really weird-looking khaki pants with wide hips and narrow legs, so I was thinking of making it into a long skirt. However, after I cute the inner legs' seams, i noticed an area which had a few brown spots. Not that much, but definitely noticable.

I was wondering if i should or not dye it.. If I could, I'm planning on using the color black. But just for the heck of it, here's what it says on the tag on the pants :

100% Cotton
Machine wash cold
With like colors
Do not bleach
Warm iron if necessary
Or professionally dry clean.

If it says it'd be better to dry-clean, does it mean the fabric's fragile or something? I'm just wondering if the cloth dye would spoil it after the dyeing process.

I've never dyed anything before, so since you guys are more knowleadgable about this than I am, I figured it'd be better to ask the experts. Wink

Thank you! =D
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2005 08:27:23 AM »

I tried that once with some old work pants. They were a light khaki and I also tried to dye them black. This is what I advise:
If you have a black light, or if you happens to pass by a store with black lights on display... put your pants underneath them. Why? You may not be able to tell in any light (I wasn't) but you may have bleached areas on your pants (from bleach and soap etc). This is important because dye won't take over bleached areas. If you look at the pants under a black light the possible bleached areas will show up. Also, don't be surprised if you have to take awhile to dye the pants, or dye them multiple times to get a good black. Mine dyed to a lovely slate greyish green, and that was after 2 tries. perhaps you'll have better luck than me.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2005 06:47:44 PM »

oh.. mine's a medium-colored khaki... so im kinda wondering what color it'll turn into, heheh! ^^

black light? hehehe.. i doubt there's any selling where im living. hehehe.

im not quite sure about what you meant about the bleached area part tho.. so when you dye your pants in black twice, your pants turn slate greyish green,.. but what about the bleach spots? do they become a slight lighter color or the same color as the pants or something else?

thank you so much for the info, conley! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2005 10:21:42 PM »

im not quite sure about what you meant about the bleached area part tho.. so when you dye your pants in black twice, your pants turn slate greyish green,.. but what about the bleach spots? do they become a slight lighter color or the same color as the pants or something else?

I'm sorry, I guess I should have said   Grin

After I dyed the pants, the bleached areas remained whiteish. It was very noticeable, as if I had worn the pants while painting a room a nice misty white grey color. However, mine were a light colored khaki, so in sunlight, flourescent light, and regular plain old light bulb light I couldn't tell there were bleach splotches. I found out about the black light trick a while afterwards when I happened into Spencer's Gifts and was playing around in the back of the store. While standing beneath the plethora of black lights I noticed that the khaki shorts I was wearing (also light) had big blotches that glowed as bright as my white tshirt I was wearing. Hence when I discovered why my pants turned out the way they did.

Whew!

If you're having second thoughts about the black (and don't let me deter you from using it, I was just relating an experience which may/may not come in useful) you could always dye them the same color brown as the spots. I've found that brown works well on khaki.

Tell me what you end up doing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2005 01:22:15 AM »

white-ish, you say? heheh. i'm still thinking of dyeing it, but it's a 50-50 thing at the mo. i havent even bought the dye yet, heheh.

but thank you so much for the info! if i do try to dye the pants, i'll post the pic later. thank you again! Smiley
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