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Topic: Dying Tights/Pantyhose (for cosplay or personal fun!) :D  (Read 3909 times)
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« on: April 08, 2013 12:56:10 PM »

So my awesomesauce husband is taking me to Boston ComicCon this month! This will be my first con and also my first time cosplaying and I'm super excited! I'm going as Poison Ivy (kinda vanilla, but she's always been my favorite!) and I could not, for the life of me find green tights. This lead to an internet search to see if you could, indeed, dye your own tights. I didn't find a whole lot but what I did see was most people use Kool-aid or food coloring. So I tried both!


I started with these, which I dyed with Kool-aid. Just your regular sheer nude pantyhose. I kinds just threw a bunch of green and yellow and blue Kool-aid in some boiling water and stirred it til I liked the color.


...and after!

They came out kinda army green/olive-y from mostly lemon-lime Koolaid and half a pack of lemon & blue raspberry. I love it!

As for the food colored ones, I started out with yellow opaque tights. Half priced at Target booyah!


...and after!

I stirred both pair religiously, but the opaque pair still came out a skeesh marbled. I actually rather like them that way, but you really can't tell that much when they are on. Its easier to see when they are hanging up.

It was so super easy and I'm stoked to wear them!

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013 12:59:38 PM »

I had no idea you could do that!  How cool!  Thanks for sharing, and have fun at ComicCon!

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013 09:43:54 PM »

Wow, I would have never thought of that.  What a cool project!
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2013 02:48:11 PM »

Very different. I'm thinking.. RenFest. Thanks for the idea!

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013 02:11:56 PM »

Ultra cool! I'm thinking tie-dye stockings! No?

Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2013 04:47:54 PM »

Fun. Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2013 12:37:31 PM »

This is a very handy idea, especially if you need a specific color.  Smiley

« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2013 07:13:55 PM »

Wonderful idea. My only question would be...if you get a bit sweaty, will your legs dye that color? As in...um...transfer color to your skin?

Vinegar helps set color in regular clothing dye. I don't think it would hurt the nylon fabric. I am a bit surprised that the nylon took color. I haven't had much luck with it, but then again, I did not use KoolAid...just standard Rit.

Thanks for the info!


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