Sun Fading on Your Dress

dear Jennifer, I saw your question and answer page at fabrics.net and I was hoping that you could address my question, if you have time to spare. I have several vintage rayon dresses from the 1940’s that have terrible sun fading. I was hoping that you could help me with the best method and type of dye to re-dye these dresses. is it possible to re-dye a garment that has sun fading and produce a dress with even color? thank you! best, Helene

Dear Helene,
I have dyed vintage rayon dresses with mixed results. I don’t know what exactly will happen with yours so you must be willing to experiment. Please read my article on Fabric Dyeing 101 for the basic information. I would suggest that you start with one dress, the reactive dyes available at www.dharmatrading.com, and the delicate cycle on your washer. This will give you the best chance for even color distribution. What I have found is that there are unknown substances and spots lurking on old clothes, perhaps from dry cleaning or other things. These make the fabric take the dye unevenly. But you may not have this issue, you’ll just have to find out!!

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