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20 Feb 2014 - 15:55111433
Colour change - does using bleach work well?
Hi guys i hope you're all well as some of you know i am making my boyfriend's Edward Kenway cosplay and the only material i had at the time was royal blue for the main body of the Jacket.


(These pics are of the jacket and ref pics so far)
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/85511
After looking at the game and strategy guide more i can see that the blue is way too dark and i wondered if any of you could give me some ideas how to lightening it without spoiling the white panels.

I have looked up about using bleach, however i don't know how effective this actually for that dark a blue and i don't really want the blue to run into the white. If any of you could help i would really appriciate it


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23 Feb 2014 - 22:39111523
If you've used cotton fabric or another natural fibre , use Dylon (or similar) Pre-Dye or specialist fabric bleach, using household bleach is only for if you want a streaky, punk/distressed look and to potentially burn holes in the fabric (poly-cotton will get so-so results and may still be slightly streaky even using pre-dye). Only use some of the pre-dye though as the whole box will remove all of the colour from a garment (and as you've sewn the white on already, it may bleed into that).

You can neither dye nor remove the colour sucessfully from polyester, so the above advice won't work if that's what the fabric is.


23 Feb 2014 - 23:20111524
Quote Pudding:
If you've used cotton fabric or another natural fibre , use Dylon (or similar) Pre-Dye or specialist fabric bleach, using household bleach is only for if you want a streaky, punk/distressed look and to potentially burn holes in the fabric (poly-cotton will get so-so results and may still be slightly streaky even using pre-dye). Only use some of the pre-dye though as the whole box will remove all of the colour from a garment (and as you've sewn the white on already, it may bleed into that).

You can neither dye nor remove the colour sucessfully from polyester, so the above advice won't work if that's what the fabric is.


Thanks Pudding for the advice i really appreciate it the fabric i've used is cotton twill so it is slightly stronger and heavier than polycotton.

I do thankfully have quite a lot of scrap material to try out the ideas you've just said so i'll give the Dylon dye ago and see if it works.

Thanks ever so much


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25 Feb 2014 - 18:16111579
That's OK, just glad my Textiles degree is useful to someone, lol!

Also, I remembered that you can get (again, Dylon, or other) Dye Remover if the blue does bleed into the white.


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