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Old 11-15-2011, 09:37
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Question Anyone ever dyed their own shirts??

I have 6 TCU shirts to make and they want them TCU purple, which i of course can not find blanks anywhere in that color!! So I was told to dye them. Ok, not so easy. I got on the RIT dye website, picked the color i thought i needed, followed the directions precisely, and wa-laaaaa THE WRONG COLOR OF PURPLE!! So now I have no idea what to do. I have played with the colors some but cant seem to find the right mixture!! Any suggestions or does anyone know the mixture to use to get this purple? Please help!!!!
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:33
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Default Re: Anyone ever dyed their own shirts??

I buy my dyes from Dharma Trading--they have an extensive inventory and offer only professional quality supplies. They also have good descriptions to help you choose the best type of dye for your particular application.

RIT dye is the pits--it fades and mottles very easily. If you need a quick fix from a hobby or discount mart look for the Dylon dyes instead.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:47
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Default Re: Anyone ever dyed their own shirts??

I go to Dharma for my dyes too. They have a huge selection of pre-mixed colors in the Procion dyes. I don't use Rit and have no info about how it works. If you use the Procion dyes, you should check to see what the tee is made of. If it's 100% cotton, the procion dye will dye pretty true to color, but if its a 50/50 cotton/poly blend, the polyester won't take the dye like the cotton does so you'll get more of a heathered look.

Dharma ships very quickly too. You can check out their colors on their website. They have a bunch of different purples, so I bet you could find what you are looking for. As far as the shirts you have, without seeing them, Idk if I'd try dyeing over them or not. There is a color remover that you can get, but I've never used it. And I'd worry that, just like with bleach, you could lose some of the wear strength in the fabric. you know?

Sorry I don't know anything about Rit, but for dyes (and almost anything textile), Dharma is THE place. I hope this at least helped you some. Good luck with your project!
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:42
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Default Re: Anyone ever dyed their own shirts??

Thank y'all so much!!!! I was at a loss for what to do! The shirts are 100% cotton and the are solid white! Hopefully I can get this done and it be right! Lol. I'm worried!
Thanks again on the info! I'm headed to their site now!
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:10
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Thank y'all so much!!!! I was at a loss for what to do! The shirts are 100% cotton and the are solid white! Hopefully I can get this done and it be right! Lol. I'm worried!
Thanks again on the info! I'm headed to their site now!
Don't worry! It'll be fun! The procion dyes are really easy to use. Just make sure you also get the soda ash from them. You'll need that to lower the ph of the fabric enough to hold the dye. Also, make sure you pre-wash the shirts because that will remove any sizing that might be in them. The sizing could problems with dyeing if you don't pre-wash. The Dharma site has a wealth of info on how to do all kinds of stuff. If you look at how to tie dye, it'll give you a good idea of what you need to do. You probably will do more of a dye bath though. I'm pretty sure they have info on how to do that too! Let us know how they turn out!
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