I found this gorgeous jacket from Lucky Brand Jeans at Buffalo Exchange, but it was so sun damaged!
The sun damage was so pronounced that they gave me 50% off… which was more than enough to cover some RIT dye. I used a package of navy blue powdered dye and followed the below instructions from the RIT Dye Studio.
This process has worked for me many times, and always results in richly dyed fabric that is pretty colorfast. I dyed some faded grey jeans back to their original black last year- except for the wear and tear, they look almost new.
From the RIT Dye Studio
“Steps for Dyeing in a “Front-Loader” Washing Machine
1. Pre-wash your fabric. This will help to remove any finishes that may interfere with the dye process.
2. Place your wet fabric in the washing machine.
3. Shake dye bottle. Pour dye into the soap dispenser followed by 4 cups of hot water. Note: If using Rit powder dye, mix dye with 2 cups of hot water before pouring into the soap dispenser. Then follow with 2 cups hot water.
4. Set your water temperature to the hottest possible setting and a wash cycle of at least 30 minutes or longer. Rit loves hot water!
5. Start the wash cycle. For cotton, rayon or linen: After 10 minutes into the wash cycle, add 1 cup of salt dissolved in 4 cups of hot water. Pour into soap dispenser. For nylon, silk or wool: After 10 minutes into the wash cycle, add 1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 4 cups of hot water. Pour into the soap dispenser.
6. After the machine cycle ends, rewash fabric in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.
7. Clean washing machine immediately after dyeing using the hottest water setting. Place 3 to 4 old towels in the washer with detergent and 1 – 2 cups chlorine bleach. Run towels through the wash cycle. Wipe up spills and clean out the dispenser with a chlorine bleach solution.”
I think it turned out pretty great. The entire thing is a rich blue, very close to the color of the un-damaged parts before I dyed the jacket.
How is your weekend so far?