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14 Mar 2012 - 15:1180744
Dying a shirt from hot pink to red
Hi guys, I purchased a Hong Kong cosplay from hetalia, and while it's fine and stuff, I was hoping to dye it to more of a red shade. It is this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/APH-Hong-Kong-HK-Cosplay-Costume-Custom-Made-Lotahk-/360441260062?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53ebf9281e and it's actually a bit brighter than that IRL

I was wondering if I used a red, or dark red dye on it, could I dye it to a more suitable shade?

Character is here: http://photo.cosplayfu.com/character/mini/173_3f57d7ff877cf7521551984d5d519c06.jpg and here http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/16300000/Hong-Kong-hetalia-16310132-656-601.jpg

14 Mar 2012 - 19:2680760
I don't think you need to dye it, it looks good.

But, depending on the type of fabric, you might be able to dye it. It looks shiny in the photo, can you identify the fabric? I've only dyed cotton and polycotton before, synthetic fabrics don't hold the dye.

Also, how well made is it? Dying is quite a rigorous process and might damage it if it's not well finished. I definately wouldn't use machine dye in any case.

14 Mar 2012 - 20:0780763
This really depends on the material. It looks like a synthetic material rather than a natural one (like cotton) so dying will be really difficult.

The only suggestion is to really soak the garment in water first, then use a hand dye (unless you feel the garment is up to being spun in a machine).

As it stands, I think it looks fine.

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14 Mar 2012 - 23:4180777
Certain types of fabrics only take to certain types of dyes, so you'll want to find out what kind of fabric it's been made from first otherwise the dye just won't take. Either contact the seller to ask, or if you take it in to your local fabric store the staff might be able to help you identify what kind of fabric it is and then suggest what type of dye to use.

Good luck

15 Mar 2012 - 15:3080822
Thanks for all the help guys! It IS a shiny looking material, I'm not sure what. I was planning on hand-dyeing it but I don't want to wreck it, so maybe leaving it as is would be fine, I am just too fussy, haha

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