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Old wardrobe favorites look wow-worthy after dyeing

#fashionover40 mature Casual Friday outfit
#over40fashion Floral blazer prior to dyeing @ http://wp.me/p3FTnC-4Nh Notations floral blazer before dyeing
#styleover40 Dress with dyed blazer @ http://wp.me/p3FTnC-4Nh Notations floral blazer after dyeing worn with Karina floral print dress (all own)

This post is due to the request of several of my readers. When you are a regular reader you know that I dyed a lot of items last winter.

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Back view of dyed Notation floral blazer with Karina dress, L.K. Bennett open-toe pumps and Jaeger tote (all own)

How to dye a blazer

Here I share how I dyed my floral summer blazer. I wanted to change the color of this floral blazer from last summer. First I checked the percentage of natural material as any synthetics are hard to dye in a predictable way (see linen of the blazer later in this post).

Decide on what you want to achieve

My idea was to go for a more muted and darker version than it was before. Note that when you want to go lighter you will first have to remove the old color. I was thinking about navy blue which would have let to a blue background with purple, brown, green and hunter green pattern. This color combination would have just gone with the denim or black pieces in my closet. Thus, I decided for burgundy, which I hoped would lead to some dark burnt orange, purple, black, and dark brown pattern on a burgundy background.

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Large pot with dye

Use a stainless steel pot as plastic, wood, and enamel take up color

I put one package of burgundy dye into a huge 1.5 gallon size pot on the stove (Photo above). I can’t tell which brand is the best as I never used anything other than Rite as that is the only dye you can get in Fairbanks. I filled the pot 2/3 with water and dissolved the dye by stirring (Photo below).

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Dye solution

Since any chemical reaction increase with temperature, I heated the solution to the highest temperature at which one can wash the blazer. Then I put the blazer into the solution (Photo below).

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The floral blazer that is to be dyed burgundy is put into the dye

Stir regularly for equal color uptake

The package gives a time how long to keep the fabric in the dye. It is important to turn the fabric around once in a while to obtain an even uptake of the color. I always try to keep the temperature constant. I had the blazer in the color bath for nearly two hours. The photo below shows the color uptake after 10 minutes.

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Blazer after being in the dye for 10 minutes. At this time, the background that was white has turned pink

Set the color with vinegar

Once I was happy with the color uptake, I rinsed the blazer until the water ran clear. Then I set the dye with half a liter of vinegar. Tweet this tip. The photo below shows how the water-vinegar mix turns pink again.

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Dyed blazer in acid solution to set the color

After 30 minutes in the acid, I rinsed the blazer again until the water became clear. I hung the blazer in the garage as I don’t mind when the concrete takes up some color. Note that the dye also dyes enamel, and plastic. Do I have to say that it also colors your skin? Thus, only use stainless steal items in the coloring process and avoid to get into contact with the dye.

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Drip drying the dyed blazer. The formerly white polyester lining turned pink in the dying process

Care instructions

As with all dark or dyed clothes, there may be some color rub off. Think of a dark new pair of jeans. Thus, do not hang the dyed item aside of something light. The same applies for wearing until you are 100% sure that there is no color rub up anymore.

#maturefashion Floral dress and blazer
Side view of dyed Notation blazer with Karina floral print dress, L.K. Bennett open-toe pumps and Jaeger tote (all own)

When washing the dyed item, wash it separately and add vinegar to the soap-water mix so set the color.

Styling the dyed blazer

I styled the dyed blazer with my floral print Karina dress. You have seen this dress styled for weekend. What a difference a blazer makes! You remember having seen the dyed blazer already? You are right, I wore the dyed blazer with linen pants at the last Top of the World Style fashion linkup party. Speaking of it, the party is every Thursday. I hope you can join.

When you found this post helpful, please share with your friends these great instructions how to dye old clothes. Thank you.

Do you update your clothes by dyeing, alterations, exchange of buttons etc? What are you tricks to keep old beloved items current? Let me know, I am curious.

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Photos: G. Kramm, N. Mölders

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