Dye Hard! Mercenary Upcycler

Prior to last week’s laundry room mishap in which I accidentally washed every white item I own with my reddest red dress, I’d never really given any thought to bleaches and dyes. However, after realizing that there are a few items that are so discoloured that they’d probably disintegrate due to over-bleaching before ever returning to their normal hue, I began to look into clothing dyes to see if I could avoid throwing out a bunch of t-shirts that are in perfect condition other than the fact that they are mottled with random splotches of pink and red.

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The first thing I noticed is that dyes are ridiculously inexpensive. Online or at a craft store, a box of dye costs under 6$. In my case, I’m probably going to go with black, because it’s dark enough to hide the pink. While I was looking all of this up, I noticed that several websites suggest using indigo-coloured, dark blue, and black dye to restore faded jeans to their dark look, which many deem as more formal and appropriate for work. I’ve decided I’m going to try this out, too.

Another tip that keeps popping up on DIY websites is to always, always, always test. Either test the dye on a small part of the fabric that won’t be seen (try the folded over part on the inside of the waistband), or on a similar piece of fabric. There are also various techniques for setting the dye, including everything from specialized products to vinegar and ironing. Ironing has usually worked pretty well in the past.

Around this time next week, I’ll be able to bring you the results of the dyeing. If anyone has any suggestions or any dye/method they’d like me to test, contact us through Facebook or by email.


Dark Jeans, www.themignon.com


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