Summer is here! Yes, we know the heat can be unbearable but on the bright side, you get to ditch the woolens and bring out those lovely dresses, skirts, tees and shorts you packed away last year. And fear not if they’re slightly faded or have been through too many washes. Give your wardrobe a makeover this summer with some easy to use dyes. You can even invite your friends home and make a day of it! Read on, and we’ll tell you what colours are in, how to experiment, and which dyes are best with cotton fabrics.
Cotton is the go-to choice for the Indian summer. Cool, breathable and light, cotton dresses, kurtas and skirts also look real good. The dyeing process for cotton is easy, and any cotton clothing that is free of surface treatments, such as water or stain resistants will dye well with the right sort of dye. SF Dye’s Ecofast Sulphur Powders are very well suited to dye cottons because of its unique dye chemisty. The Sulphur Powders have good color fastness and also cover “immature cotton fabrics” really well. Because of this, they are superior to most vats, reactive and direct dyes.
Light pastel colours are best to keep cool during the summer. Invest in one really pretty white cotton skirt or denim shorts and dye your old tops in various shades and there you have it – a whole new wardrobe. Pastel tones that are derivatives of earthy shades like orange or yellow never go out of style. Our favourites are peach and apricot. Coral and light salmon tones also look beautiful with beige or brown bottoms. If you prefer darker tones, then plums and rosy browns are perfect for a night out.
If you’re unsure of what colour you want, don’t hesitate to experiment. One easy way of coming up with your own fabric colour is to make small batches of colours. All you need is a small measuring cup and a few different colours. Now simply add the dyes to a hot water in the cup and make careful note of the quantity you are adding. When you think you like a shade, test it on a paper cloth. If you like what you see, simply use the quantities in larger proportions. This is a lot of fun because you never know what you’ll come up with! Its also a great way to make your wardrobe unique and find just that right shade to compliment your skin tone and the accessories you already have. Plus, you’ll save a ton of money on buying new clothes.
So what are you waiting for? Give your wardrobe that fabulous makeover already!