To dye or not to dye? It is a very simple answer mine. If it has been in your cupboard for a while without getting worn and you are thinking to give it away o through it away, than it is to “dye”.
Ok, what I am talking about is this. We are all guilty of buying clothes, especially in the sales, which are not the colour we wanted. I did it last year for example, I really needed (!!!) a black cardigan and I bought a light grey one… as you do…well, couldn’t find the black one, what’s a girl to do in a case like that?!
Second situation: we bought something in a “wonderful” colour a while ago, which we now think is an “awful” colour. I did that too…Happens…
So, going back to my light grey cardigan…. I bought one of those “do it yourself dyes” which are to be used either by hand or in the washing machine. Of course I decided to use the latter because I am a firm believer EVERYTHING can be done in that wonderful machine.
My cardigan is now dark grey and a little smaller. Ok, I know it was supposed to go black and wasn’t supposed to go smaller…. well, you know, one understands better mistakes after making them….still, now I use my “newish” cardigan a lot. Still missing a black one….. but this will probably be another story next winter.
Conclusions: I am going to tell you what I now know, that I didn’t know before dyeing clothes, in order to prevent YOU, from making the same mistakes. I am overall very happy I did dye those garments though and will do it again. Just don’t expect the exact colour you had in mind and you will be happy too.
1- I hate reading instructions and I know most women have the same aversion but in this case I think it is best if you do and do it very carefully. This will mainly help you to go as close as possible to the colour you wish to obtain.
2- There are two types of dye depending on the fabric you want to change the colour to. A-cotton, linen etc. B-silk, wool, etc. (delicates). Choose the right one because it does make a difference on the result. (this is by the way why I got a smaller cardigan now!).
3-There are lots of pictures showing you how the colours/dye behave, it’s a “before and after” you ought to look at.
4-Only natural fabrics can be dyed. Having said that, if your garment has some stitching or embroidery, that is usually synthetic, so, think carefully. I have dyed some towels grey which had white stitching, which has remained that colour, the result though is great, I really love it. Here you must establish whether you are going to as well.
5- The clothes’ weight bears an enormous importance on the strength and shade of the colour. I haven’t really fully understood this one on the instructions yet, so, you read them.
6-Of course you can use fabric dye also to revive a garment’s colour which has faded..
7-Do remember to clean your w/m very well afterwards, inside the basket but also inside the rubber around it, you don’t want to dye anything else!!!
(I would be sooo curious to know how you got on!)
I have a friend who used to watch it while it was working…. She said it relaxed her!