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Unread 03-11-2012, 10:08 AM   #67
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Originally Posted by Spoofehness View Post
I'm doing Sebastian from Black Butler. I already have a very good vest, but it's black, where the main body of Sebastian's jacket is gray. How can I wash out the black to a gray uniformly? And how do I protect the lapels so they stay black during this process?

Thanks very much in advance.
Short answer: You can't. Get a grey vest.

Long answer: You can't. Get a grey vest. It's very difficult to fade something uniformly, especially while keeping another section of the garment completely untouched. The manner in which a fabric takes a dye (or is susceptible to having a dye removed) depends heavily on the fiber type and the method of dying. Most commercially available clothing currently being produced is made from material that has also been professionally commercially dyed, with dyes that are not available to the average consumer. These are very strong dyes that are very resistant to washing out, fading, or bleaching, since most consumers would be pretty upset if they bought an article of clothing only to have the color wash out after 2 or 3 washes.

In short: Get a grey vest.
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