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So cross! (After trying to dye something)

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Witzend Sun 23-Feb-20 12:32:13

It was a long linen top from Seasalt, so not cheap - I had splashed bleach on it. It was a sort of dark yellow/ochre colour. Was sitting there for ages waiting for me to either do something, or chuck it out.

Couldn’t find a similar Dylon colour, so yesterday bought an olive green machine Dylon, plus the pre-dye stuff to reduce the original colour.

So 3 machine washes later, the olive green colour has taken perfectly, and looks very nice - but the stitching - there’s a lot of it and it’s evidently polyester - is still ochre!
Looks so wrong, I’m going to have to chuck it anyway.
I had something similar years ago when I dyed some stained cream summer trousers navy. The stitching stayed cream, but in that case it looked entirely as if it was on purpose - I wore them for ages.

rosenoir Sun 23-Feb-20 13:25:02

Did the same with some trousers, they were pale green,what was I thinking?, Now they are quite a nice grey but with pale green top stitching.

I have kept them as they are unworn and a perfect fit but as I would never wear them I am going to throw them away right now.

annodomini Sun 23-Feb-20 13:30:56

I dyed a red cotton jumper (bleach-splashed) black and ended up with red seams. Perhaps I could have covered the seams with a black permanent marker. But I didn't!

Buffybee Sun 23-Feb-20 13:42:28

The only other option Witzend is to start again.
Use the pre-dye stuff to get rid of the green colour and search out the Dylon yellow ochre.
That's if you can be bothered but if it's a top you like, it's an option.

jura2 Sun 23-Feb-20 13:47:43

Yep- been caught out twice and learnt my lesson. But don't chuck it - you can make something else with the beautiful linen - but it a cushion or a smaller top for a GD, or ...

or at least give it to charity shop- actually I'd think olive and ochre seams could look nice.

Buffybee Sun 23-Feb-20 13:51:37

Dylon only have Sunshine Yellow but I’ve found Jacquard iDye Fabric Dye on Amazon.

Tweedle24 Sun 23-Feb-20 14:12:08

Depending where the stain is, could you add a contrasting patch or embroidery to cover it?

GagaJo Sun 23-Feb-20 14:22:48

Couldn't you just coordinate the stitching colour with ochre coloured jewellery? As if it was deliberate?

Beechnut Sun 23-Feb-20 14:33:26

What about going over the stitches with green permanent marker.

I did it once on a pair of DH jog pants as he didn’t like the white stripe. It came out more dark greyish but he was happier with that than white.

Beechnut Sun 23-Feb-20 14:34:18

They were black jog pants I forgot to say 🤣

Witzend Mon 24-Feb-20 09:35:11

Thanks, all. I will look at the Jacquard dye, but suspect it’s only going to be fit to chuck now.
Dh thinks I should take it to a charity shop - someone might like the odd mix of colours. But he’s red-green (and muted colours) colour-blind anyway, so probably can’t see how wrong it looks.

inishowen Mon 24-Feb-20 10:49:08

I remember dyeing my husbands shirt. It was a lovely shade of navy with white stitching. He wasnt impressed.

Cambia Mon 24-Feb-20 11:25:34

Did the same on a light grey hoodie. Coloured the dye spot in with felt pen and drew a pretty flower round it. Have to do this every time I wash it but get lots of compliments on it!!

Witzend Mon 24-Feb-20 11:36:23

Forgot to add, it’s not just the seam stitching, Beechnut, there are umpteen little fabric-coloured buttons, too - all a nice olive green now - but with ochre-coloured stitching on top standing out a mile!

I suppose some charity-shopper who’s as colour blind as dh might still like it, though. Which would mean having to iron the bloody thing first - I can never bring myself to take crumpled up things to a charity shop.

OldHag Mon 24-Feb-20 11:46:19

What about re-dying it black, that way the stitching would presumably look OK. Just a thought!

Lizbethann55 Mon 24-Feb-20 11:50:32

Could you find a dressmaker to unstitch it all and put it back together using correct coloured thread? It sounds a shame to throw it out!

Witzend Mon 24-Feb-20 12:04:57

I did previously think of using two Dylons together, half each, the sunshine yellow and a sort of russet. They only had the sunshine yellow in John Lewis the other day, though. Far too bright for me!

Can see myself spending yet more £££ on more dyes/pre dyes, only for it still not to look right. By which time I could probably just about have bought a replacement - if Seasalt still do that colour.
On balance, I’m veering towards the iron and the charity shop!

BellaT2 Mon 24-Feb-20 12:15:04

Same thing happened to me with a Seasalt top. I actually emailed (twice) to ask if the thread was cotton or polyester but they didn’t reply. Went ahead and dyed the top anyway, and it now has contrasting white seams. Can’t quite bear to throw it out as it was expensive, but it’s just taking up space, so this thread is encouraging me to take it to the charity shop. Maybe we should petition Seasalt and ask them to always use cotton thread!

Madmaggie Mon 24-Feb-20 12:30:27

Could you change the buttons and tie dye the garment? But I suspect you're just totally brassed off by now. We don't have Seasalt shops here but I'm aware they're certainly not cheap, I'd be very dissatisfied.

Elegran Mon 24-Feb-20 12:34:40

If you have a sewing machine, could you zigzag stitch over the ocre thread with a deeper olive green? It would still peep through, but with deeper green over it, it could look intentional and decorative.

Authoress Mon 24-Feb-20 12:37:02

Don't charity shops automatically wash every donation?

mamaa Mon 24-Feb-20 12:37:36

I did similar re bleach on a cotton summer top and where it had been spattered it had turned a pure white so I decided to randomly spatter the rest of the top with same bleach product. The end result was surprisingly ok- I washed it again and it has a 'bohemian' look but is wearable- actually looks quite good with white trousers! wink

Witzend Mon 24-Feb-20 13:12:50

Must check the website in future to see whether it says the thing is ‘100% linen’.
Because if the stitching is polyester, it isn’t!

Oopsadaisy3 Mon 24-Feb-20 13:15:48

* Authoress* no they don’t wash everything! They steam it to get the creases out, anything dirty or unfit to sell( customers like nearly new or good clean Vintage items) goes into the rag bag or if too bad into the skip.

MerylStreep Mon 24-Feb-20 13:19:38

You've obviously never volunteered in a charity shop.