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!
- Rit DyeMore Liquid Dye: Graphite Used Here
- Stainless Steel Pot
- Measuring Cup
- Plastic Gloves
- Plastic Table Cover
- Paper Towels
- Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
- For best results, prewash swimsuit to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
- 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.
- Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.