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Wool Dyeing

woolhi Jennifer,
I came across your site (what a great idea!), and I have a question…
I love the cut of these pants and cannot find anything like them anywhere. I would like to wear them to my 30th birthday party, however, I really really want them to be black. They are charcoal grey…and they are stretch wool (wool with elastane and polyester…or lycra?). Can I dye them with a black Rit dye? (I’m afraid that you’ll say no because of the polyester?) There is a tiny bit of room for shrinkage and they don’t have to be “jet jet black” (I also don’t mind the pinstripe), but I’m ok with them being generally dark/black. as you can see, they’re expensive, but if you think there’s a chance that the dye will work, your advice would be greatly appreciated. Please help, and THANK YOU!!! -M

HI Manali,
I really wouldn’t try this. The trousers are too expensive for an experiment, which is what all dyeing is. Wool dyeing requires HOT water, even on the stove at a simmer type-hot. The polyester part will not take the dye at all, same for the elastane. You risk shrinkage, felting, twisting, and generally coming out with an unacceptable color.
sorry,
and Happy Birthday,
Jennifer