Product Type: Dylon household products
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DYING for a change?
Dylon Wash & Dye Velvet Black
Member Name: magenta23
Dylon Wash & Dye Velvet Black
Advantages: Easy to use, gives great results
Disadvantages: Price has gone up, but still not a bad price
You know sometimes you find some item of clothing that you really like but they only do in boring old white? Or some colour you just can't stand? Me too. I had found THE most comfy bra in the world that also didn't look like something granny might wear, except for the white factor. We all know with white clothes, especially underwear, it soon becomes grey. So I decided to dye it. I'd done this in the past with some success and had used a Dylon cold water fabric dye, so I decided use this again.
I went down to our local 'cheapy' shop which was where I'd purchased the dye before, looking for those little round tins you pierce a hole in that I'd used in the past. It seems these are old school now. They had a few left but in rather foul colours and had a sparkly new range of Dylon dyes.
The new 'non machine' dyes come in rectangular plastic packets, though are not called 'cold water dyes' any more as you actually use warm, but simply labelled 'fabric dye'. I also discovered they now cost about a pound more than they used to at £2.99 for a 50g pack.
I went for velvet black, I hadn't dyed anything for a while and not used this new dye before, so I figured white to black is a fairly safe bet to get a good result. Remember if you are colouring coloured things other colours, mixing rules apply. For example, if you start with red and use blue dye, you're going to get purple. Generally the lighter the colour to begin with the better the result.
The instructions tell you to weigh the fabric before you begin. This is because this 50g packet will only dye a maximum of 250g weight of clothing. I didn't worry with such a small item, but if you are dying a big item such as jeans, it's best to weigh and check before you go out to buy your dye in case 1 packet isn't enough.
I used a plastic bowl for my dying and the plastic resisted the dye, so don't worry too much about using anything old. I do advise gloves though, this stuff does dye skin!
To start dissolve the dye in 500ml of warm water, this happens almost instantly if you give it a good stir with an old wooden spoon or something similar. You then need to add 6 litres of warm water to the bowl (check your bowl will hold this much before you start!) Then add 250ml salt. The packet says to add salt to water and then the dissolved dye, but I found this was too many containers and this way round worked just as well. Add your garment and stir regularly for about and hour. I stirred it well for a while to start with to make sure it was all covered and then came back every ten minutes or so to give it a good stir.
After the hour remove the garment from the bowl and rinse under cold water. Wash it for quite a while until the water runs clear, then hang it up to dry.
I was really impressed with the results. Most of my garment was cotton, with some man made fabrics used for the edging and stitching. These fabrics resisted the dye, and whilst not what I intended gave a funky pinstripe effect. It looks great, a very happy accident!
Make sure you check that the material you are dying is suitable though. This dye works great on cotton but fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon don't like it.
One complaint I did have that I had a slight metallic effect (similar to that of an oil spill) on part of the fabric. I think this may have been due to not stirring enough and perhaps where some air got to it, though this has faded with a few washes. Remember to wash your dyed garment separately for a few washes afterwards, although this dye is permanent it may run for a wash or two.
Overall, I'm pleased with the product. I was very easy to use and gave great results. Can prove addictive though, as I've now been scouring my wardrobe to find other things that might like to change colour! It's also great it if say you have favourite top that has a stain that won't come out, dye it a darker colour to cover it up!
The only thing I will say is it's pretty hard to get hold of. I knew my local shop sold it, but I've looked in haberdashers, Wilko, Tesco and Sainsbury's before an no where seemed to have it, though I'm sure it's available readily online.
Summary: A cheap way to update a wardrobe or a tired garment