Dyeing Your Wrinkle-Free Jumpsuit

With a few pointers you can dye your wrinkle-free jumpsuit yourself. You just need to know what process works best.

Think you can't dye your wrinkle-free jumpsuit and have it turn out perfectly? Think again. Fabrics like cotton, rayon, linen or hemp dye very easily. Blends of 50% cotton and 50% polyester accept dye but a lighter shade than normal. Cotton clothing, which is sewn usually with non-cotton thread, will dye but the thread will remain its original color. Fabrics which are difficult, if not impossible to dye correctly are polyester or nylon.

Wash the wrinkle-free jumpsuit according to recommendations printed on the garment's label. The jumpsuit can be laundered well in advance of the dye job. Choose the dye you will use. General purpose dyes are available in a liquid form that do not require dilution. Simply pour the dye onto the jumpsuit and let it soak. The job would require 3 to 4 bottles of the dye. These types of dyes are also available in a powdered form where water is added. Boiling the water helps to set the dye but is not recommended for most wrinkle-free garments. Use scalding water from the tap instead of boiling. One package of the powdered dye should be sufficient enough to dye the jumpsuit.

You can make your own dye by mixing water, urea (a harmless chemical), fiber-reactive dye and sodium carbonate. Dissolve one tablespoon of urea per cup of water. Dissolve the dye in the urea solution. Use four tablespoons per cup of solution. Shades like black or dark blue require two to three times the amount of dye as other colors.

Before beginning the dying process pre-soak the jumpsuit for an hour in sodium carbonate. One cup per gallon is the proper mixture. It can be found at places which sell swimming pool products. Do not use sodium bicarbonate or baking soda since they are not the same thing as sodium carbonate. Remove garment from solution and let drip until the garment is merely wet but no longer dripping.

Place the jumpsuit into the dye solution. Use rubber gloves to move the garment around in the solution. If the solution splashes on the arm above the glove rinse immediately. Soak for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Remove and drape over a clothesline to allow dripping. It's important that the garment stay at least damp for about 24 hours so hanging the jumpsuit in the hot sun is not ideal. If it is very warm allow the garment to stop dripping then fold it neatly and place it in a plastic bag. Tie tightly.

After 24 hours the garment is ready to launder. Launder according to the regular directions on the label. Do not add other garments in the washer with the jumpsuit. After washing the jumpsuit allow the washer to go through one complete wash and spin cycle to rid it of any remaining dye.

There is one other way to dye fabrics. It's a spray-on dye that is extremely easy to use but slightly expensive. It will take 2 to 3 bottles to dye the entire jumpsuit. Hang the dry jumpsuit on a hanger on a clothesline or somewhere outside. Spray the dye evenly all over the front of the jumpsuit then spin it around to do the backside. Make sure you have gotten hard-to-reach areas like the tops of the shoulders, underarm areas and crotch. Special attention needs to be given to places like the edge of the arm or leg cuffs and the edge of the plackets. Spray-on dye isn't ideal for dyeing large items since it requires so much. In addition, the spray-on dye has a tendency to splatter from time to time leaving dots of intense color across the garment.

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