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Dyeing Patterned Cotton Jacket Spandex 2%?

Hi dear Jennifer, I have read your 101 blog and found it very helpful. I just purchased a jacket cotton fabric 98% spandex 2% (not a knit fabric) with a very distinctive print pattern on it that I want to ‘overdye’ to dim down the print/colours a bit. The wash/care instructions on the jacket say “machine wash cold water with like colours only, non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low, warm iron as needed”.

The pattern is just a bit too fluoro orange for me. Its multicoloured repeated circular pattern in fluorescent orange, pale apricot and dark brown and pale taupe (pale greyish camel colour) , all on a white background. There is not a lot of white showing through, but the 2nd main background is the taupe with some white also showing through. I know it sounds awful, but the pattern is intriguing and the jacket is a really good cut and was on sale :)

I am thinking of dying the jacket a very pale pearl grey (I got a colour like this pearl previously with I think a blue based dying and I”m hoping a can find my earlier instructions.

What colour dye would you suggest to tone down the pattern?

Do I need to do cold water dyeing? like in the 101 blog? I understood the cold water dyeing is very hot water that is taken off the boil.  or will this ruin my fabric?

Any other comments or suggestions also welcomed!

There are also some metalic pieces (zip, cord ends) on the jacket. Hope you can help.

 

By: Ruth

6 Responses to “Dyeing Patterned Cotton Jacket Spandex 2%?”

  1. Jennifer Thompson Miller commented on Fabrics.net:

    Hi Ruth,
    It’s possible you can overdye this & get good results. Read more…

  2. Jennifer Thompson Miller says:

    Hi Ruth,
    It’s possible you can overdye this & get good results. Cold water dyeing is actually done with warm water (not off the boil), & you can probably do it right in the washing machine. YOu don’t need to be concerned about the metal parts.
    If you can possibly test dye an out-of-the-way place on the jacket, that’s the best option. Adding blue to orange will produce a brown; but, if the orange has a lot of yellow in it, it will lean toward green. The blue will make a nice mix with the taupe-apricot-camel hues.
    You’ll just have to experiment to see! Even I don’t know how things are going to come out at all times.
    best, Jennifer

  3. Ruth says:

    Hi dear Jennifer, that’s brilliant! How do I tell if the orange has a lot of yellow in it, or not? What kind of dye would you recommend I use in the washing machine for this project? Previously I have some experience with some kind of powdered dye, which I will try to find in my cupboards. My family are trying to dissuade me from dyeing the jacket, but I am not persuaded yet. Thank you so much!

  4. Jennifer miller commented on Fabrics.net:

    Hi Ruth,
    Check out the fiber reactive dyes at dharma trading.com. Read all instructions carefully.
    Do a test spot to see what happens with the orange.
    Have fun, jennifer

  5. Jennifer miller says:

    Hi Ruth,
    Check out the fiber reactive dyes at dharma trading.com. Read all instructions carefully.
    Do a test spot to see what happens with the orange.
    Have fun, jennifer