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Topic: I messed up, sorta, any ideas on for dye fixes?  (Read 1159 times)
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« on: June 15, 2013 01:48:04 PM »

So, I discovered the style of Pastel Goth and I really want to include some of that in my  currant wardrobe. I started with  vest and that's where I have messed up. For starters, I took a thrifted vest and didn't read the wash instructions. the actual dye turned out alright, but then I learned the vest is dry clean only. So when I attempted to dry clean it with an at home kit, the cleaner cloth clung to the vest and created a huge splotch. Now I'm just experimenting with it to see if I can fall in love with it again.

I tried using the RIT Dye fixative stuff to soften the edges of the splotch and that worked pretty well.

But the question becomes, how to I fix the center of the splotch? any ideas?

this is how it looks right now:

And this the close up of the splotch remains:

I'll be adding spikes and studs to the collar, just as an aside.

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2013 12:30:15 PM »

First off, the one and only dry-clean-only piece I own that I ACTUALLY dry clean is my parka, to preserve the water-resistant treatment and because fur doesn't like the washing machine.

Second, I didn't even notice the splotch in the photo. I think the dye job is REALLY good, and I'd wear it as is right now! If it looks odd to you, you can swab the other side as well to even things out a bit. Chances are, the cleaning agent you used has a stain fighter that is good on dyes and inks, which partially removed your blue dye.

From now on, just gently hand wash it in the sink in cool water, rinse it in fresh water 2 or 3 times, stick it in a bowl and transfer it to the washing machine just for the spin cycle so that you won't wring or twist the vest too much getting the water out by hand. If your washer has a hand-wash setting, you can also use that, and I recommend washing it alone on the smallest water level so that the studs are less likely to damage the vest or anything else. Hang it up above the tub/in the shower just on a plain old plastic hanger, and it ought to be dry by morning.

I wash all kinds of dry-clean-only stuff using one of those two methods, and the only caveat is that sweaters should go on a drying rack, not hanging up, so that they don't get stretched out.

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2013 03:11:26 PM »

Firstly, I'm glad that you explained how to wash it safely! In a week, I would have been very confused as to what to do.

Secondly, thank you so much :3 It's the first time I've tried dying a gradient so I'm pretty darn excited someone likes it! I'll probably even it out a little; but if it's not really that noticeable (I'll get my sister's opinion, she's usually a bit critical) then I'll just call it a quirk and keep it.

Thank you so much for your help!

« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2013 02:34:07 PM »

The spotch is barely noticeable, I think the vest is beautiful as it is! Things like that are the signature signs of a one-of-a-kind creation!
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013 02:43:39 PM »

I agree, I think it looks great!

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