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« on: May 28, 2011 03:09:14 PM »

Okay, so I found this vest at a thrift store.



I want to dye it black for a cosplay I'm working on. My question is: Do I need to bleach it first before I dye it? Or should I just throw two bottles of black RIT dye and let it sit all day? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011 03:22:04 PM »

If you're gonna dye it black, then no, you don't need to bleach it. And you probably won't need two bottles, either, for one vest. Just make sure you follow the directions on the bottle for cotton fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2011 05:08:47 PM »

I tried to dye my demin jacket black once and it didn't work.. it kinda got darker like it only dyed the threads or something it was weird. I used RIT dye too. I'm not sure what the problem was.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2011 02:27:20 PM »

Don't waste your time bleaching, it'll actually work better if you don't.

Something that I do when I use rit black is to throw in yellow too, it cuts the purpleish quality of the dye. If you are going to use two packs of black, toss in a pack of yellow as well. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011 05:51:39 PM »

rit is a terrible dye, i don't know why its even made.  use jacquard, or anything from dharma trading co.  they even sell jacquard packets at Michael's and Joann's.  Its just a better quality dye, and there's less rub off, better colorfastness in general, with a quality dye
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2011 02:10:24 AM »

Don't waste your time bleaching, it'll actually work better if you don't.

Something that I do when I use rit black is to throw in yellow too, it cuts the purpleish quality of the dye. If you are going to use two packs of black, toss in a pack of yellow as well. 

ohhh thanks for that! i have tried everything to get my 'black' cloth nappies to be actually black, they turned out navy blue so i added a red to make it more purply cos i thought purple was better than navy, now theyre kind of brown and yacky haha

ive also got a baby vest and pair of leggings that i tried to dye black and they came out navy too so next time i'll add a yellow and see what happens, does it have to be a specific kind of yellow cos i think theres a couple of shades in the dyes i can get, i use dylon x
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