Silk has long been considered a difficult fabric to maintain and clean. However, this is not necessarily true. It is possible to successfully change the color of the newer silk dress by using fabric dyes when using the correct dyes, procedures and precautions.
Steps to Dye
- Select your new color. Note the color of the original background dress will affect the final color. In other words, the red dresses dyed with blue dyes will have purple tones.
It is also noted that in many cases the thread used to sew the garment is not a wire but a composite. Zippers and non-silk can be dyed to a lighter color or not dyed at all.
- Please read and understand the instructions on the dye package carefully before preparing the bath. Prepare enough dye packets to complete the color you want. Generally a bag requires one pound. Besides, do not ignore additives, and different colors require different additives.
- Pour enough water into the pot to make sure the clothes can move freely. Heat the water to below the boiling point, and rinse cloths thoroughly with warm water at the same time.
Add dye packets and mordant when the water is almost boiling. Stir it with a large spoon until all the dyes and mordant dissolve.
- Submerge the thoroughly wet dress in the dye bath. Frequently stir the cloth and kept at a temperature just below the boiling point.
- The longer the clothes are in the dye bath, the color is thicker. Twenty minutes to half an hour is the best time
- Use a spoon or pliers to carefully remove the clothes from the dye bath, and then place it in a clean, warm water bath or sink.
- Gently rinse clothes in rinse water. Repeat this process until the water no longer shows any dye color.
After several flushes, you should use cold water to rinse it. You can use the washing cycle of the washing machine as an alternative to final rinsing.
- Finally, carefully hang the clothes to dry. Do not use dryer. Do not hang it in direct sunlight.