This is the dress in its original form. I have to say, it is even prettier in person.
And this is the stain.
Can you see it? Me either :)
Wet the garment in warm water
Heat 3 gallons of water (for every 1 lb. of fabric) & pour into your large tub with pre-mixed color remover
Place the garment in the color remover bath
After 15 minutes the color lifted to this baby pink color
I gave it another 5 minutes but this was as light as it would go
In a large sink or bathtub, give the garment a gentle bath in woolite
Since the garment is already wet, you can immediately dye it
This time, I used the liquid dye in the bottle vs. the powder dye that you have to mix. While I liked the ease of use, this garment only required "half" of a bottle. Not wanting to pour black dye into any of my measuring cups, I was left to guess how much was half.Note to Rit Dye: Please make a clear strip along the side of your bottle so one can easily see the "half" mark. Thanks!
After 5 minutes, add 1 cup of vinegar to the dye bath (for silk)
A beautiful, deep color saturated the dress in about 8 minutes. I stirred for a total of 20 minutes which allowed me to skip the gym.
I forgot to mention earlier that you need another smaller container to transport the garment from your sink to your laundry room, bathroom or wherever you are dying. You don't want this to drip on your floors!
I hung it up to dry overnight. I placed a drip pan underneath and used a dry cleaning bag to protect my cabinets. It looked like a very even dye job.......
The next morning, however, I realized that it was actually purple!
I think this may be due to two factors:
1. The dress would only lift to a light pink vs. white
2. I couldn't tell if I was using enough dye since the Rit Dye bottle isn't see-through
Also, the stitching remained pink. The Rit Dye website said that this happens sometimes due to the way the stitching itself is dyed. I actually think having a different color stitching is pretty cute.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
As you may can tell, it actually didn't turn out black like we had hoped.
It is, however, a lovely deep shade of purple, much deeper than the original color I achieved.
- 100% cotton, linen, silk, wool, ramie
- Synthetics such as rayon and nylon
- Fiber blends with at least 60% cotton or other dyeable fiber
- Natural materials such as wood, wicker, paper, feathers and cork
- 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, fiberglass, spandex and metallic fibers
- Fabrics with rubber backing
- Fabrics with special finishes such as water repellents
- Fabrics with bleach damage or extensive staining
- Fabrics washable only in cold water or labeled "dry clean only"
- Polyethylene plastics such as golf discs
- Polycarbonate plastics such as eyeglass frames
BONUS PROJECT!I picked up two adorable lamps for a very cheap price. I absolutely loved the mint green color that they came in but they needed to be changed to fit the room I bought them for. Well, that and you know how much I love to spray paint!
Tape all around the base and the cord
Then tape a plastic bag over the top