Can I dye a viscose/elastane dress from turquoise to black?

Can I dye a viscose/elastane dress from turquoise to black?


Dylon Permanent Fabric Dye Burnt Orange

Dylon Permanent Fabric Dye

Dylon Permanent Fabric Dye is a permanent dye that gives vibrant colors that won't run or wash out. Specially designed for use by hand in warm water. 1 pack dyes 1/2 lb dry weight fabric. Dyeing larger amounts will give a lighter color. For cotton, linen, ramie and rayon in full shades.

Dylon Cold Water Dyes

Dylon Cold Water Dyes

Dylon Cold Water Dyes include 26 vivid, permanent colors for use on most natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, canvas, jute, and viscose rayon. One small tin makes a solution sufficient for dyeing 6–8 oz (170–227 g) of dry weight material, or about the size of a hand towel. The Black will dye 4 oz (113 g). For best results use Dylon Cold Fix (or sodium carbonate) to make the finished fabric lightfast and washable.


Procion MX Fiber Reactive Cold Water Dye

Procion MX Dye

ideal for viscose rayon, cotton, and linen

When mixed with soda ash, Procion dyes are permanent, colorfast, and very washable.

I've got a viscose (96%) and elastine (4%) dress. I really like the shape, but I got it for a fancy dress party and it is a weird turquoise colour. I was thinking of dyeing it black so I can wear it for normal parties or even grey for more day occasions. I was wondering if it is possible to dye it, and, if so, what kind of brands?

The only dyes that are safe to use on your vicose/elastane dress are cold water fiber reactive dyes; you can also used fabric paints , such as Dharma Pigment Dyes (which are not really dye). It is very important not to use a hot water dye on anything that contains elastane or spandex. Elastane is a very heat-sensitive material; check the care label and it will tell you to wash it in cool water only. The high temperatures required for a hot water dye, such as Rit All-purpose dye or Dylon Multi Purpose dye, will ruin the shape of your dress. See How to Dye Spandex, Lycra, and elastane.

Dyeing a garment that is 96% cellulose (your viscose rayon) and 4% spandex or elastane can work very well. The undyed 4% elastane will not show. Choose a cool water dye that will work on the viscose rayon. I recommend the use of Procion MX dyes. In the UK, you can mail-order these dyes from Fibrecrafts; in Australia from Batik Oetoro; and in North America, from PRO Chemical & Dye or Dharma Trading Company. You can sometimes also find them in local crafts stores; look for Tulip One Step Fashion Dyes, Jacquard Procion MX Dyes, or Dylon Cold Water Dyes. For mail-order sources, which are the most economical and allow the greatest choice in colors, see Sources for Dyeing Supplies Around the World.

If you want to use Dylon dyes, be careful to use them only at temperatures allowed by the care instruction label for your dress. Dylon Cold Water Dyes will work great at a room temperature of 70°F or above (21°C). Dylon Machine Dye is supposed to be used at 140°F (60°C), but it will work at lower temperatures if you give it more time to react with the fiber. Do not use Rit dye, which will not work at all at room temperature.

Keep in mind that it takes a lot of dye to turn anything black. Be sure to use two to four times as much dye powder as you would use for any other dye color. Also keep in mind that the stitching that the dress was sewn together with is almost certainly polyester, so it will not take the dye; you will end up with a black dress with turquoise seams. That might look fine, though.

(Please help support this web site. Thank you.)

[Portions of this answer were also posted, by me, on Yahoo answers, on September 30, 2008.]

Posted: Tuesday - December 30, 2008 at 11:01 AM          

Follow this blog on twitter here.

Home Page ]   [ Hand Dyeing Top ]   [ Gallery Top ]   [ How to Dye ]   [ How to Tie Dye ]   [ How to Batik ]   [ Low Water Immersion Dyeing ]   [ Dip Dyeing ]   [ More Ideas ]   [ About Dyes ]   [ Sources for Supplies ]   [ Dyeing and  Fabric Painting Books ]   [ Links to other Galleries ]   [ Links to other informative sites ] [ Groups ] [ FAQs ]   [ Find a custom dyer ]   [ search ]   [ contact me ]  

© 1999-2011 Paula E. Burch, Ph.D. all rights reserved