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Date: 1/7/13 8:16 AM

I have a very nice knit fabric that I see made into a wrap dress. My problem is that although it is teal blue and beautiful, it it too bright. On my plus sized body I would look like a big blueberry walking into the room.

How do I tone down the brightness of this fabric color?
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Date: 1/7/13 8:39 AM

Can you use a neutral binding, like maybe a gray, to break up the blue? Is there some opportunity for color blocking, maybe?

Unless you can overdye the fabric, it seems like what you need to do is break it up so that there doesn't seem to be so much of it - or maybe make a wrap top instead of a dress, so the bright color is a smaller part of your total outfit.

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Date: 1/7/13 10:14 AM

I am hoping for advice on how to overdye the fabric. How would I do that?
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Date: 1/7/13 11:51 AM

It all depends on what. your fabric is made of. Dylon has different dyes for natural fabrics and synthetics. Here's more info.

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Date: 1/7/13 11:56 AM

Whenever I want to tone down brightness, I add some black dye. I usually work with cottons, so I'm not sure if it would work the same on synthetics. Overdyeing is always a game of chance.
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Date: 1/7/13 4:56 PM

What about putting a fabric that is hole-y over it. Lace, eyelet, cut outs, burn outs etc. Or you can try breaking it up with the waist ties or neck edge in a different color. Can you give us the pattern number? Maybe that'll spur more ideas. If you're planning to wear it with a cardigan, that will also cut down on the amount of blue berriness.

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Date: 1/7/13 5:09 PM

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I am hoping for advice on how to overdye the fabric. How would I do that?

It depends a lot on the type of fabric, if it's mostly cotton or rayon or other natural fiber, then it's easy--most dyes would work; you can even use tea or coffee. If you have polyester, then you need special dyes.

There is a lot of info out there on dying various types of fabric, I'd try google and you'll probably know more than you ever need to about it.
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Date: 1/7/13 6:21 PM

Dharmatrading.com has products and tutorials. NAYY
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Date: 1/7/13 6:51 PM

There are a couple of posts on Tips on how to mute down bright color using coffee or tea dye. She got good results.

Coffe dye

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Date: 1/7/13 9:05 PM

it might be time to try the coffee and tea techniques. That looks like what I was thinking of.
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