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Unread 03-31-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Can you dye bathing suit fabric?

I got some light pink bathing suit fabric today to make Serah Farron's Bikini: http://chrysaliswiki.wikispaces.com/...wear_ff132.jpg

and I was wondering if it is possible to dye bathing suit fabric.... cause I do acctually plan on useing it as a bathing suit XD and I oul just use sharpie bu... thas not gonnna work XD
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Unread 03-31-2012, 09:30 PM   #2
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It depends on the fiber content. As I understand it, bathing suits are typically made out of a polyester lycra. Most dyes cannot permanently dye synthetic fabrics.

Some people report getting success with Rit, but that's hit or miss (and may not be permanent).

The only dye that's formulated specifically for synthetic fabrics is Jacquard's iDye Poly.

Definitely don't use Sharpies, because the ink will come off as you sweat. It'll create obvious discolorations in the fabric and get all over you.
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Unread 04-01-2012, 12:58 AM   #3
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hehe Thanks. I asked a lady in the fabric store about it and she was all I dunno O.o
but I was looking at that idye and the rit. I guess its just gonna be a thing I'll have o exparament with lol.
Thanks so much ^^

Edit: OMG HEY I met you before XD my friend and I were fangirling over your kudja after the masquerade at fanime XD
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iDye is apparently really easy to use, from what I've heard. I haven't used that type specifically, but I frequently use other Jacquard dyes and paints and they make high quality stuff.

iDye products are meant to be used in the washing machine. Also be aware that "iDye" and "iDye Poly" are two different products. The former is meant for natural fibers, and the latter is for synthetics.

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Here's a tutorial I've made for dying spandex: http://fav.me/d3b7s2d (Note: this can be done on a stove top or in a washing machine, but keeping a consistent hot temperature is important).

As Evil Bishounen said, go for the dyes that are designed for synthetic fabrics such as iDye. You'll get a much better result.
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Unread 04-01-2012, 12:03 PM   #6
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to clarify: you have pink, you are going to make it into a swimsuit, wear it as part of a cosplay, then later dye it some other color for swimming in?

do you swim frequently?
in a chlorinated pool?
If the answer to those questions are 'yes' then I would do something other than dyeing to make it less pink, add some black & white stripped ribbon trim, put a ruffle on it, whatever. what's wrong with a pink bikini anyway? Chlorinated pools are really harsh on fabrics, to the point where they can bleach and break down commercially dyed fabrics, home dyeing doesn't stand much of a chance if you are swimming in it once a week or more.
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<< has a pool in my back yard, we will be swimming next month. my kids swim so much I get them two swimsuits per summer, both are completely worn out by the end of September.
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to clarify: you have pink, you are going to make it into a swimsuit, wear it as part of a cosplay, then later dye it some other color for swimming in?

do you swim frequently?
in a chlorinated pool?
If the answer to those questions are 'yes' then I would do something other than dyeing to make it less pink, add some black & white stripped ribbon trim, put a ruffle on it, whatever. what's wrong with a pink bikini anyway? Chlorinated pools are really harsh on fabrics, to the point where they can bleach and break down commercially dyed fabrics, home dyeing doesn't stand much of a chance if you are swimming in it once a week or more.
nonono. I need to dye the edges the darker pink thats in the picture, I have a very light pink fabric that just needs the darker pink trim. I'm going to swim in it as a cosplay~ Thats my perpose of makeing it out of legit bathing suit fabic XD

and I'm not going to be swiming in it constantly O.o I just want it for like pool/beach gatherings and for times like Fanime when we have access to a pool. also, I live near the beach, so photoshoots oul be fun XD
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Unread 04-01-2012, 10:25 PM   #9
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sew ribbon on, it will work better than trying to spot dye. that edge color is very precisely places along pleats.
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In today's time, all girls are fit and look hot and glamorous. I think anyone can look good in a bikini.It's just the factors - you need to be little confident. It is not about wearing a bikini, it's about wearing your confidence more.!

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