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famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 03:01:10

This is going to sound a bit crazy but please bear with me.
I treated myself to my dream dress. I adore everything about it EXCEPT the colour.
I'm very much a warm autumn and the dress is monochrome.
Theres no other colourway for this, the fit and style are perfect and the print is phenomenonal so I plan to dye it.
The print is very impactful and I don't want to damp it down and detract from it but at the same time, monochromatic feels jarring and I don't feel 100% in it.

So I'm looking at dyes.

I know if I can make it work I will wear it 100 x more.

My usual favourites such as olive, teal, burgundy feel like they'll likely wash out the print & my other favourite, orange would just be a wrong choice.

so I'm looking at alternatives from dylon and the best I can come up with are 'peony pink' or 'sandy beige',

I want something warm yet light, blush pink is a colour that suits me or a warm peach but I'm struggling to find those in dylon.

So I'd still get the joy of the pattern but with a kinder touch, keeping it almost as neutral as a monochrome so it stays versatile...
I'm tending towards beige...
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When you see the print you might understand why I don't want anything too red, pink or orangey!
Not sure if peony is warm enough for me, can't work out if it has blue tones or not, could really do with some advice before I go ahead and wreck the dress!

Pic attached of dress and link to the dyes

www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/products/machine-dye/beige.html

www.dylon.co.uk/en/home/products/machine-dye/pink-and-violet.html

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Cheesypea Sat 21-Nov-20 03:05:36

If its natural fibers the dye will set. If its polyester not so much. You need to read the label on the dress and the nylon instructions.

famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 04:05:13

Cheesypea

If its natural fibers the dye will set. If its polyester not so much. You need to read the label on the dress and the nylon instructions.

It's cotton. I've done a lot of dyeing over decades, so very confident with the process. It's just the colour choices I need advice on really but thank you 😊 .

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BlueCowWonders Sat 21-Nov-20 05:12:45

I think both would work well. Given the choice of beige or peony pink, doesn't it depend how you want to look? Beige/ black will be 'safe' and you'll blend in whereas the hot pink/ black will be much more of a statement
So I'm not helping much but both work in my eyes

famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 07:25:26

BlueCowWonders

I think both would work well. Given the choice of beige or peony pink, doesn't it depend how you want to look? Beige/ black will be 'safe' and you'll blend in whereas the hot pink/ black will be much more of a statement
So I'm not helping much but both work in my eyes

Great name @BlueCowWonders! The peony pink is a pretty pale pink as opposed to bright but Im starting to think beige might actually be more wearable in terms of safety / neutrality..
Thanks 😊

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Floisme Sat 21-Nov-20 08:17:43

I've never understood this warm/cool business but I've used the Dylan beige and that pic makes it look more gold than it really is. Admittedly it was a while ago and called 'Pebble beige' then but I think it's only the packaging that's changed. I've never used the pink.

I sometimes mix colours to get a shade I want - could that work for you? It's a bit risky cos you never really know how it's going to come out but then dyeing's like that anyway!

I don't quite get why you're not going for a shade you really like (e.g. olive) because it might fade. That's a risk with any colour, surely?

MikeUniformMike Sat 21-Nov-20 09:19:59

Dylon is pretty good if you follow the instructions. Bear in mind that any stitching is unlikely to take the dye, but otherwise dye it the colour you like, not a 'make-do' colour.

famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 09:42:35

Floisme

I've never understood this warm/cool business but I've used the Dylan beige and that pic makes it look more gold than it really is. Admittedly it was a while ago and called 'Pebble beige' then but I think it's only the packaging that's changed. I've never used the pink.

I sometimes mix colours to get a shade I want - could that work for you? It's a bit risky cos you never really know how it's going to come out but then dyeing's like that anyway!

I don't quite get why you're not going for a shade you really like (e.g. olive) because it might fade. That's a risk with any colour, surely?

Yeah you're probably right re the name change, I don't think they change their colours very often.

I meant that the darker colours like olive etc might take away from the pattern, so make the lines of the print less defined, rather than the colour fading, the point of the print is the pictures and clean lines.

Interesting that the beige isn't as golden as the pics, I have mixed my own dye colours before to get the perfect sea greeny blue but not sure what I'd mix this time... I could do some yellow with the peony to get a peachy tone but it would be v experimental!

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famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 09:43:05

MikeUniformMike

Dylon is pretty good if you follow the instructions. Bear in mind that any stitching is unlikely to take the dye, but otherwise dye it the colour you like, not a 'make-do' colour.

Ooh yes good point re the stitching!

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MikeUniformMike Sat 21-Nov-20 09:45:13

If the stitching is black, you'll be fine but if it is white, go for the lightest colour, because it tends to show.

famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 10:12:48

MikeUniformMike

If the stitching is black, you'll be fine but if it is white, go for the lightest colour, because it tends to show.

Good thinking.

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famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 10:12:58

I've found a few examples online where people have used some of my colour choices on monochrome

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famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 10:13:31

Peony

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famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 10:15:59

Emerald (dylon's nearest to teal, I'd mixed it previously with another blue to get the sea green I'd wanted)

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famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 10:19:19

Olive green

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MikeUniformMike Sat 21-Nov-20 10:30:40

They look really pretty colours. Well done you.

Floisme Sat 21-Nov-20 10:38:52

That pink looks very pretty; also the stiching appears to be white and it looks ok.

Dylon do a Goldfish Orange - would that be too much? You could always just use half the amount....

famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 10:42:42

Floisme

That pink looks very pretty; also the stiching appears to be white and it looks ok.

Dylon do a Goldfish Orange - would that be too much? You could always just use half the amount....

Yes the pink is lovely isn't it? Ooh I'll check out the goldfish one! I used another of their oranges over a b/w dress before and it looked amazing, I just don't want the women on my dress to look like they've been skinned 🤣
Thanks @MikeUniformMike these are not my pics, just ones I've lifted but much of my wardrobe features these dyes!

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sausagetown Sat 21-Nov-20 14:38:14

OP, does it have to be Dylon? (I know they are easiest to find).

Procion dyes have a peach shade, available here:
www.colourcraftltd.com/dytek-procion-dyeing-fabric-dyes-50g-winered-cerise-mx-5b-6796

There is some further information and a colour mixing chart available from this website:
www.jacquardproducts.com/procion-mx

Lilsoph Sat 21-Nov-20 18:52:57

Hi, I dyed an off white linen top with the beige but though it was a 'yuki' colour and redyed the top a very dark brown. I really wasn't impressed with the beige/sand colour sorry.

famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 19:59:47

Lilsoph

Hi, I dyed an off white linen top with the beige but though it was a 'yuki' colour and redyed the top a very dark brown. I really wasn't impressed with the beige/sand colour sorry.

Ah thanks, I've never dyed anything with this colour before, really appreciate the feedback thanks

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famousforwrongreason Sat 21-Nov-20 20:00:54

sausagetown

OP, does it have to be Dylon? (I know they are easiest to find).

Procion dyes have a peach shade, available here:
www.colourcraftltd.com/dytek-procion-dyeing-fabric-dyes-50g-winered-cerise-mx-5b-6796

There is some further information and a colour mixing chart available from this website:
www.jacquardproducts.com/procion-mx

Ooh fabulous, thanks, moive only ever used dylon just because that's all u can buy in my town but I guess the net can broaden my horizons!

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