Post by Leda EmBorr on Apr 11, 2012 7:02:26 GMT -5
Yesterday I re-dyed my previously dyed brown tunic a bit darker. It had faded on the shoulders from being on the hanger... not even in the sun, just from the light of the room! It fades when I sweat in it around the belt and around the neck and underarms. I used Rit dye... very hot... salt... let it sit for an hour! Rinsed well... still the color just won't set.
Funny thing is that even when I buy colored crinkle gauze in the store, the color sometimes fades the same way, especially from sweat.
Anyone experience this with gauze? Got any solutions?
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Post by Ani-Chay Pinn on Apr 18, 2012 21:24:44 GMT -5
The general rule I know is that heat sets stains (though it can fade fabric, too). I've baked some dyed fabrics and costumes -- 150-200 degF on foil spread over the oven racks for a few hours can help. The color seems to stay.
Have you tried washing it with a couple of cups of white vinegar? That is supposed to set dyes, though that can depend on the dye.
Post by Leda EmBorr on Apr 23, 2012 13:32:11 GMT -5
Besides fading... another blunder I ran into: the thread didn't dye!
Now I have a nice dark brown tunic (used to be tan) with light tan thread. You can see where I accidentally sewed two same side tabards instead of two opposite, and my invisible hems are no longer invisible.
Ah well. It's not my best tunic anyways. Just an extra for a change when I get sick of the lighter ones.
Tip: If you plan to dye an already sewn tunic make sure you used 100% cotton thread!