Adventures in Dyeing - A Quick Fix Idea

Have you ever run across a piece of vintage and fell in love, only to notice a stain?! It's often devastating because beyond the offensive mark, maybe the piece is just perfect. What's a thrifty girl to do but dye?

Yes, I said dye. Not as in die a horrible death, but as in let's put some color in this thing and see if we can turn it around!

I played around with dye the other day to salvage a few pairs of gloves and a sequined clutch that had some water damage. (Oh who am I kidding, I also dyed a skirt, another clutch and a pair of shoes too, I just didn't want to overwhelm you with photos, lol).

I picked up a box of Rit fabric dye the other day at a discount store, figuring there was bound to be something I could apply it to and I can't wait to show you the amazing changes.

Here's the before photo of the items I dyed.

I picked out three pairs of gloves that all had different materials and textures that needed stains covered or were just too blah and needed a kick. They all went into the same teal mixture of Rit dye - but the results vary greatly, something I thought was great to show you in the photos so you can see how different materials respond to the dye.

There are a couple of different ways you can use Rit dye and the instructions are all on the package. I went with the boiling pot on the stove method.

Step 1 was mixing the dye solution with vinegar before adding it to the boiling water.

Step 2 was adding the different items for 10-20 minutes depending on the depth of color desired.

Step 3 was rinsing the excess dye from the items until the water ran clear.

Step 4 was drying the items!

And here is the after photo:

My camera phone photos don't do these justice, but they all turned out very lovely. The nylon mesh gloves took on the most teal appearance. The cotton elbow length gloves were the lightest, they ended up a very light teal. The thicker, leather gloves took on a really deep hue, turning much darker. My favorite though was the clutch - even the sequins took on a bit of teal and now it looks like a mermaid tail!

When it comes to experimenting with dyes I find it important to be ready to deal with whatever may happen, it's hard to tell exactly how an item will react with the dye and you can tell from the photos that material plays a big role in what end color will be, so you have to be a bit open-minded in regards to your expectations. However, I think this is an excellent way to salvage items that you may not otherwise wear or use.

So go out, experiment and share photos of your efforts below!