Dye color help?

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#1 kenshin-chan64 on 2 years ago

Hey everyone, I need help figuring out which color(s) of dye to get for my next project.
I'm doing a gijinka of the pokemon Mimikyu, and just got a nice jacket/sweater for my base. The problem? It's a light/medium heather grey color and I dont know what dye I should get to make the jacket a nice dull yellow-y color. I know I'm not going to get the exact color from the reference because I'm not starting with white fabric, but a color shade from within the same family is totally fine for me!
The jacket was listed as "cotton blend" and nothing else (yay made in China), so I dont know if regular dye will work or if I should go with synthetic dyes, which will limit my options of shades without going all mad scientist and mixing several together.

Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated!

Reference: [url]https://i.ytimg.com/vi/qOyd9VklI04/maxresdefault.jpg[/url]
My fabric in outdoor lighting: [url]http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af206/kenshin-chan64/DSCN1797.jpg[/url]

#2 lunaflora on 2 years ago

Looks to me that any basic yellow would be fine. The light gray that is already in the sweater would dull the color enough. Maybe try mixing both iDye and iDye Poly together?

Motto for dyeing: When in doubt, take it out!.

It's harder (or impossble) to remove the color from a dyed fabric, than it is to just dye it again. It seems only a light wash of yellow is needed to achieve what you want, as opposed to a full-on yellow, so don't dye it for too long.Test test test!

#3 Black Blossom on 2 years ago

Since it's a regular sweater from retail (even if thrift store it was originally from retail) regular dye from the fabric store can work. I did what you're planning to do except with a shirt that I needed to have a purple tint to it - also with grey as a base.
I added more water to dye ratio because I didn't want full colour, just a light, pastel kind of colour.
Arda Wigs sells dye that comes with a little packet to boost the vibrancy of the colour, if you need/want to look into that. However, Arda dyes become more vibrant the more you leave it in, so just keep checking it until you like what you see, and remember fabric looks darker when wet. But both dyes can work.

#4 Penlowe on 2 years ago

I have a blog post about dyeing :) link in my signature

#5 kenshin-chan64 on 2 years ago

Thank you so much guys! I feel a lot better about going forward.
I've dyed things from white fabric, and lighter colors to darker shades of the same, but havent done something like this yet so I was worried.

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