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Topic: Can you dye a swimsuit?  (Read 5192 times)
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« on: July 26, 2012 12:41:10 PM »

I've heard that the nylon/synthetic fabric is hard to dye? I'm not sure what the fabric is, but it's synthetic anyways.
My problem is that a friend of my mom's made me two swimsuits, because it's impossible to find anything my size (30F's do not exist where I live ><).
And... the colors are honestly awful. One of them is a nude/skin color (same color as my skin >< It looks really bad if you look at it from far) with a band of bright orange across the stomach. And the other is the same beige as those orthopedic shoes grandmothers wear.

It's not like I can just buy another, and I really appreciate the work put into them, so is there anything at all I can do?
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012 12:48:33 PM »

Actually, nylon is the only synthetic fabric that is easy to dye! Nylon gets along well with acid dyes, so you can even use Kool-Aid to dye your swimsuits Cheesy Just be warned, my experience with tie-dying nylon didn't work out too well, as the wrinkles from being tied never completely ironed out (but that was a slip, not a swimsuit). There may be something somewhere on the net about how to avoid that problem.

Thank your mom's friend profusely, then dye away Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012 07:58:41 PM »

You have to be careful with synthetics because the dye is frequently added in while the fiber is still in its liquid state, and sometimes the manufacturers will also add other chemicals to make it colorfast.  If you feel confident, give it a shot.  You can hand sew an applique or a pattern of beads to cover any patches that didn't take the dye.  If you hate the color it is now, you're not getting any use out of the swimsuit anyway.  Dyeing it may not be much of a risk if you can't wear it as it is.
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