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« on: November 18, 2006 10:25:47 AM »

I was wanting to dye this jacket. Although I don't mind this green color, a lot of what I wear are very earthy colors (olive green, brown, tan.....) so sometimes i find it really clashes with what I have on. It's a stretchy corduroy material and I would like to change the buttons for wooden buttons to better match my wardrobe. (sorry about the pic...it's a lil dirty)


I bought rit in dark brown for this. I usually use the laundramat for washing my clothes and there's a no dying policy there and I would hate to ruin their machines....has anyone tried this and had success? any one try sink or stove top dying? Any suggestions would be great....I love the jacket and would hate to ruin it....but I really want to try dying it.

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006 08:34:55 PM »

Well, i can't help you with brown really.. unless you use a big sink or something... but if you want to dye (or tie dye) it with Pink/berry colors, use pomegranate (however you spell it) I am currently staining my wifebeater with it

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006 09:19:22 PM »

I've done the stove top method dyeing light colored things to black.  I just followed the instructions on the inside of the packet and it worked great.  I would recommend that you don't use all the water if you want it to be really dark (I think the packet says use half...I just filled until I ran out of room in my pot).

They take forever to rinse clear, but don't despair.  Also, it didn't dye the ceramic sink, but I found it dyed my fiberglass tub ***bleach bleach bleach***

Good luck!  It's pretty fun, I felt like I was making a witch's brew or something.
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2006 09:02:12 PM »

I had heard that synthetic fabric won't dye.... Is this true?  The outside of the jacket (I could care less if the lining dyes) is 98% cotton and 2% spandex....so what do ya think?
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2006 04:38:40 PM »

The best dye for the fabric you have would be a fiber reactive dye. Unfortunately RIT does not do a good job especially when there are dyes(like FR dyes) that do a great job and are washfast and highly fade resistant. RIT is neither of these.

You can get fiber reactive dyes online, commonly called MX dyes. Many craft stores also sell Dylon Cold Water dyes(not to be confused with Dylon all-purpose dye) which is a fiber reactive dye and works just like MX dyes.

Check out Dharma Tradings website. They sell the dye but also have good directions on how to dye in a bucket(vat dyeing).


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