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Topic: Dyeing Linen Coat?  (Read 1636 times)
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« on: September 28, 2016 03:22:23 AM »


I'm desperately looking for some advice. A couple of years ago I was given this very unusual coat and I've decided I'd like to make it wearable finally.

I think the material on the outside is Linen and the material on the inside is cotton. The pattern on the inside is lovely and I'd like to keep it but the pattern on the outside really does not suit me. I was wondering if anyone would know of a way I could dye the outside material Black and keep the inside the same. There is also some embroidery on the sleeves.
If anyone could help me that would be amazing!
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2016 09:22:00 AM »

Oooh... This one is going to be tricky. Linen is a plant material so you're going to want to use dyes for plant material.. riit or something better. But true black is really, really hard to dye, much less dye evenly. The only want I could think to do it is by detaching the lining and sewing it back on later. What an interesting challenge, I hope someone with more fabric experience will have some ideas.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017 08:07:50 AM »

I know this is an older thread, but I'll take a stab at this.
Because linen and cotton are both plant based fibres, you will have to remove the lining if you do not want it dyed also.  The embroidery will also get dyed, but would be an interesting texture once it's done.  You will need to use Fiber Reactive Dyes. These are meant to dye plant fibres.  There are other things you'll need too, urea, soda ash... Synthropol.  These all make for a nice even dye job. 

Hopefully this is still helpful to you!

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