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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / How to dye a cotton blend, lightly patterned dress? on: August 17, 2012 02:35:16 PM
I finally found a summer dress that fits me perfectly and I absolutely love. I loved it so much I bought a second one assuming that I could just dye it another colour and have 2 fabulous dresses. Ive never dyed anything before so I thought it would be as easy as popping the dress in a bucket with some dye and magically pulling it out in another colour.

I bought some Rit whitener and a few boxes of purple Rit dye but the Rit website says that the dye will not work on fabrics which are cold-wash only. This dress says to hand wash in cold water or dry clean (but I already accidently put it through the washing machine already with no ill-effects).  There is no way for me to do a patch test without applying dye to a visible part of the dress, which I dont want to do since it is otherwise wearable. After reading through the FAQs it seems the general consensus here is that Rit is awful as far as dyes go anyway. Since everyone seems to agree that Rit is no good Im happy to switch to another type of dye or paint.

The dress is 97% cotton and 3% spandex with a black/grey/white gingham pattern, with white being the dominant colour. Im fine with the pattern showing through the dye, but I would prefer if I could cover up the gingham completely. Is there ay way I can make this dress another colour or am I screwed?
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