Dyed Swimsuit

May 29 2019

Finding the right swimsuit is always challenge. Between the fit of a swimsuit and finding a print you like, the search can be exhausting. Our friend, Arreis Kendall, had a swimsuit that fit great, but she didn’t love the print anymore. See how she transformed a light floral swimsuit into a dark and edgy look!

Before

After

Supplies
  • Swimsuit
  • Rit DyeMore Liquid Dye: Graphite Used Here
  • Stainless Steel Pot
  • Measuring Cup
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
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Instructions
  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2. For best results, prewash swimsuit to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a stainless steel pot with 3 gallons of water. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (200 F° or greater).
  4. When water begins to simmer, add one bottle of well-shaken Graphite dye and mix well. Keep temperature at a low simmer for the duration of your dyeing.
  5. Add swimsuit to the dyebath and stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  6. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  7. If dyeing a swimsuit blend containing cotton, linen, rayon or ramie, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance the color and reduce color bleeding.
  8. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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