I bought this little lacy jacket at a thrift a little while ago with the intent to dye it. I posted this picture on Instagram asking for your opinions on color. I LOVED hearing your suggestions! If I had my way, I would have gone with the mint suggestion. And why did I not have my way? Because this blasted jacket is 100% polyester. I wrote this post on how to dye your cotton clothing, but polyester is a whole different story. The first time I dyed something polyester, I used Rit dye. I spent about an hour dyeing it and when I rinsed it out, not a single bit of color stuck! I take that back. The thread in the seams dyed. I figured that I had done something wrong, so I tried to dye it again! Same results. I think I tried dyeing it a total of three times before I gave up. It was may years later that I figured out why it wouldn’t take the dye. That dress is still hanging in my closet in it’s horrible original color. I will conquer it someday.
As you can see, polyester dyeing drives me mad. For one, you can’t use Rit dye or anything similar. You have to use a certain type of dye, and the polyester dyes available in stores are sadly limited. I had just a few color choices, so I decided to take a chance on a green hoping it would turn an on-trend emerald color. I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out.
Have you ever had any bad dyeing experiences like my dress story? Oh, please do share!