Vintage Dye

Refresh Colour


As much as I love (and I do) trawling charity shops. Sometimes the clothes can be a little tired and worn, a little faded. But never fear...

It's super easy with the help of the Dylan washing machine dyes to refresh items of clothing. Dylan dye now has produced the most handy 'pod' with are easy to open and store (meaning that you ca get a way with using a portion of the dye rather than the whole pot. Nowadays there is no additional salt needed, so simply you can add as much dye as you require in relation to the weight of your clothing. 

Recently I bought a pretty Indian cotton blouse and an 80's (on trend) tired dress, both cotton (natural fibres take dye easily) but slightly faded in places. Both were a delicate shade of pink but could do with some extra colour, so I simply selected the Dylan colour I thought best - Powder pInk and added placed the colours and half the dye from the pod into the washing machine. I turned the machine to a 40 degree wash and simply that was it.


The Indian blouse now has an even colour, a tad darker than before but just as pretty and fresh. The dress has become pinker than the tired beige and again has a new lease of life.

Another great tip is to refresh black t-shirts with a black Dylon dye rather than throw then away. For less than ten pounds you can refresh at least 5 t-shirts and a pair jeans!

Re-working a Vintage Wedding Dress

So many times I find wedding dresses in charity shops, slightly battered, lost, maybe a broken zip or a slight rip but especially stunning dresses that I think deserve a second chance. 

So reaching for the trusty Dylon dye (which now comes with added salt included in the box) I decided to take a chance and work some magic on a 1950's lace wedding dress. 

I pre-washed the dress by machine - no mercy here! 

Then let it dry naturally.

Put it back into the washing machine and added the contents of the Dylon dye - I opted for a black dye...

Put the machine on a 40 degree wash.

Hung it out in the garden to dry...

So, what can be noted is that I didn't quite get the results I thought. I had thought black or shades of grey. Perhaps even silver under tones...

But no - I got brown. 

It has to be noted that when dying vintage clothing, there are several factors to take into account - some of which can't be known prior to dying. For example, not all garments have fabric and fibre breakdown. There fore some fabrics can be made from natural fibres which will take the dye better and produce stronger colours or made from synthetics that may or may not take the dye. Or a poly/cotton which can take the dye in varying degrees and shades.