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Annie- oh
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Date: 7/13/05 4:59 PM

A lightweight cotton, used to be forest green, boxy design dress, no zippers, no particular details, buttons up the front shirtwaist-like... is looking decidedly faded.

I've read some of the articles in "Threads" about serious dyeing - no thanks! Anyway, I don't have time to order any special dyes before I'm off to a hot, humid clime for a few weeks.

And this is my favorite item for cool - even a bit sophisticated with chunky earrings.

So my question: does the grocery store package of Ritz dye work well enough to consider for this dress? Even for a dark color?

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Date: 7/13/05 5:12 PM

Short answer is yes. Having said that, the problem with dyeing a previously worn garment is that there may be marks on it that do not show up until you've actually dyed it. Mind you that applies to all dyes, not just RIT. Just be prepared to write the garment off, beacuse it may not work out.

Jennifer

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Date: 7/13/05 6:34 PM

If your thread is a polyester and a different color than your dye, you may end up with contrast stitching. I have a dark grape baby cable mock-neck sweater with celery green innerworkings that will attest to this.

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Date: 7/13/05 7:15 PM

As long as you go for a darker color and are prepared for the "surprises" already mentioned -- go for it.

Nina

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Date: 7/13/05 8:37 PM

Guys - thanks for the input - I'll decide tomorrow if I'll do it (does she or doesn't she? as the old commercial went)...and a darned good reminder that I've meant to copy this dress for a long time.

If I dye it, I'll post results.

thanks, Annie

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Date: 7/18/05 8:31 AM

An update: thanks for the information and to-be-on-guards.

I dyed the dress this weekend. The color is deep (I used twice as much as recommended), even, and rich. It turned out to have a yellow tint - deep olive - instead of forest green, but it doen't look faded.

It'll certainly do, until I-swear-by-all-my-needles, that I'll copy it for a new dress.

Annie

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Date: 7/18/05 10:45 AM

Annie, I'm glad it worked out so well. Make sure you was it separately, though: I've found dye can bleed for several washes.

Jennifer

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Date: 7/18/05 12:03 PM

Newbie to this board here -- but longtime sewer and dyer. I'm glad your dye experience went well and you've already been warned about washing the garment by itself because it *will* run. Rit dye on cotton will eventually fade quite badly so you'd better get your pattern copied! Unfortunately it's the price you pay for the quick and easy solution. I know you didn't want to use Procion dyes because the procedure is a bit more complicated and these dyes are harder to locate, but if you want more permanent results it can be worth it. Just depends on what you want.

Hugs,
Damselfly

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Date: 7/18/05 12:11 PM

thanks newbie Damselfly - and please tell me your source for the dye - you must know what you're doing when you dye!

Annie

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Date: 7/18/05 2:04 PM

Dharma Trading sells Procion dyes, and their catalog includes some basic how-to information.

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