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Topic: *EDIT* Removing and re-dyeing eyelet dress  (Read 1387 times)
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« on: April 16, 2011 06:56:51 AM »

Thanks for the initial help with my dyeing question...I have bought this dress in light pink:


The under layer is a coral color and the overlay is a super light pink eyelet.  The tag lists it as 100% cotton throughout.  I really want a yellow dress.  Is there any hope for being able to remove the color enough to then re-dye it yellow??
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011 04:39:04 AM »

Commercially made items may have some sort of treatment on the fabric that will inhibit dyeing.  When dyeing anything new I usually try a small test.  These dresses are adorable - doesn't look like much extra fabric or thread to try a test with. but that may be the only way you would know for certain.
Perhaps someone else that has more experience dyeing fabric and garments will have a suggestion.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011 07:11:36 AM »

I think as long as they are 100% cotton they should dye alright.  I would pre-wash them before dyeing.  And AlpacaNanny's suggestion about doing a test first is excellent.  Maybe with a piece of the liner (if there is one) or the inside of the hem?

If you vat dye on the stovetop, make sure you stir constantly to get a nice, even coverage of your color.

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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2011 06:54:46 AM »

I had some success with bleaching really light pink sheets that I bought still in the package at the thrift store and then dyeing them blue.  I diluted the bleach in some water (didn't measure, sorry), and then soaked the sheets, checking them every so often.  Depending on how much you dilute the bleach, how light the pink of the dress is (looks pretty light), and the thickness of the material, you should be able to get most of the color out this way.  Just be careful because the bleach can eat away at the material if you let it soak too long.  And any threading will not bleach out, so this might be a problem if there is stitching around the eyelets on the dress.  Sorry I should have thought of that when you asked before.  Also, if the lining is not cotton, it might  not bleach or dye well.  You will have to experiment/test.  Definitely let us know how you make out.

Hope that was clear/helpful!!

« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011 07:37:35 PM »

I personally think if you did bleach it but not all the pink came out of the eyelets, it would be really cute yellow with pink threading. Just a thought!

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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011 05:19:01 AM »

Ritt makes a dye remover - I would try that first.  Bleach can permanently damage fabric and fiber.
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011 11:26:50 AM »

look on dharmatrading.com which has some dye removers.  If it was industrially dyed it will be really hard to get out.  I also agree with doing a swatch test.  You could try bleach and see if it takes anything out, and the fabric will be fine as long as you wash it out and don't let it sit longer than it needs to (I bleach dyed cotton fabric all the time and have never had a problem).

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