Forum: Advice / Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself
Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?
By Spiorad Comments: 2156, member since Sat Jul 22, 2006
On Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:26 AM

I got this amazing little vest from H&M
www.hm.com . . .

I got the light blue color and it works perfect because so many of the shirts I have are waaaay to big in in the arms so major side boob is an issue, but they look amazing everywhere else. So I just slip this little thing on over and leave it open like a vest and it is super cute.

The only thing is I really don't want to only have the blue one, I would love to have it in other colors. Problem? They only come in the blue color I already have, and white.

I was thinking would it be possible to dye one of the white ones?

It would be nice to have a black one, and maybe one in a "funky" color.

From what I can see the product details say it is 100% cotton. I don't know if this makes a difference when dying fabrics or not.

I think the other challenge might be with the buttons. Obviously I don't want them to be completely wrecked because it would be a pain having to replace every single one. But if I had to I do know how to do that.

So any suggestions?

7 Replies to Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?

re: Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?
By Tishwah Comments: 586, member since Sun May 17, 2009
On Mon Apr 07, 2014 01:38 AM
I think that would be totally dyable. I am a fan of RIT dye, either the washing machine cold water version or the hot water version (I have a bit pot that I use on the stove when I hot water dye). Dying is really easy, buy the stuff and follow the instructions. I will say though, I have have never successfully dyed something black, it always comes up charcoal grey for me.
re: Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?
By Jennifer71 Comments: 690, member since Sun Jan 25, 2004
On Mon Apr 07, 2014 01:53 AM
The fabric sounds dyeable, but you also have to think about the thread. Once I tried to dye a pair of jeans black, and the thread must have been polyester instead of cotton, because it remained stubbornly orange!
re: Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?
By hummingbird Comments: 10414, member since Mon Apr 18, 2005
On Mon Apr 07, 2014 06:52 AM
Jennifer71 is quite right about the thread, a lot of sewing threads are 100% polyester so that might not change colour but the fabric of the blouse should take dye very well as it's cotton.
re: Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?
By Meganmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 12956, member since Wed Mar 17, 2004
On Mon Apr 07, 2014 07:16 AM
^ Yep. Also, in my experience, denim sucks up colour like nobody's business, so make sure you use a pretty heavy dye/water ratio and don't dilute it too much.
re: Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?
By ChristinePremium member Comments: 6817, member since Wed Feb 04, 2009
On Mon Apr 07, 2014 07:26 AM
Image hotlink - 'http://www.armandhammer.com/siteimages/Product/Large_Vert/e1f2ac0c-ab22-45dc-b0df-057a7e8fda5c.png'
If you soak it overnight in washing soda it will take the dye better.

Good luck

Keep On Dancing*
re: Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how? (karma: 2)
By FeisForFoodmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 2956, member since Mon Jul 17, 2006
On Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:06 PM
Everyone's right about watching the threads--which may or may not matter depending on what color you want to dye it.

I don't recommend RIT dye, though. It's an all-purpose dye, so it's not really designed for super-permanent dyeing clothing. If the fabric is a compatible fiber, you're way better off with a fiber reactive dye, which means it actually reacts with the fabric itself and is completely permanent (barring bleach) and won't ever fade.

I get mine from www.dharmatrading.com . . .. I have used their dyes with success a bunch of times, and while the process is a bit more involved than with something like RIT, I think it's fun, and you get better results. The color is much more vibrant. And they have just about any shade of any color you could think of.
re: Is it possible to hand dye this? If so how?
By panicmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11592, member since Thu Dec 16, 2004
On Wed Apr 09, 2014 03:48 AM
Y'all are on crack about the thread. I have dyed tons and TONS of stuff over the years, and I have NEVER seen a 100% cotton garment sewn with polyester thread. This shirt will take the dye fine. Just wash it first, and don't use any fabric softener. And yeah, super-dark colors like black or midnight blue are practically impossible to achieve at home. Also you don't want to use super-hot water with cotton because you might shrink it. Use warm water instead, and let it soak a bit longer. Other than that, just follow the directions on the dye, and it'll be fine.

ReplySendWatch