Saturday, March 20, 2010

How NOT to Dye Fabric

Want to know a secret? My projects don't always go as planned. In fact, many completely bite the dust. Let me share with you...the purple dye disaster.

I found a beautifully peach dress at a thrift store that I wanted to refashion like I did with The Red Dress. However, peach isn't my color, so I was going to dye the dress purple first. I purchased the dye, prepped the dress and agitated the dye/dress/water mixture for 1 hour (just as it says to do on the back of the dye).

But due to my excitement to see the pretty purple, I didn't read the back of the dye where it says polyester is not an ideal fabric and will most likely not take the color. Thus, when I rinsed the fabric with cold water, I saw all of the purple dye leave the dress and head on down the drain.

Moral of the story, read the instructions...ALL of them :)

It was a gorgeous color though, see the fabric to the left and my gloves? That was what color the dress was supposed to be!

4 comments:

  1. I have never had any luck dyeing anything except cotton and cotton blends, but there is an E-How on dying a polyester dress
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4464896_dye-polyester-dress.html

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  2. I actually really like the color it turned out to be... but you would have to be of African American decent for it to really look good on the skin.

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  3. How disapointing, but I agree, it DID come out a lovely colour. xx

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  4. Oh man...that's just frustrating. The purple looks like a divine color too.

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