I really loved the fabric, but it’s starting to feel girly. I’m so pale that from a distance it blends in with my skin, so I look like I have nothing on. I’ve never dyed a synthetic fabric before so I thought I’d learn how to dye a swimsuit with this swimsuit.

I made this swimsuit and it is the absolute perfect fit. I couldn’t love the fit anymore than I already do. It was definitely worth saving! Here are some tips to make a swimsuit.

Dyeing A Swimsuit

 

I used a tiny bit of RIT dye in navy that I had left and dyed it in the washing machine. I just do the hottest setting for the long amount of time agitating in the machine. It came out a fantastic light purple.

The color sucked in way better than I could have imagined, and I didn’t add anything extra to the water like salt or vinegar. I’m sure it’ll fade as I wash and wear it like RIT dye tends to do. Make sure to clean your washing machine with bleach after to keep the dye from spreading!

Dyeing A Swimsuit Dyeing A Swimsuit

 

I love that you can still faintly see the original fabric print. I wish it would have been a lighter purple. I seem to always put in too much dye, and I need to learn to stop doing that!

I only used a little bit of dye, but it’s hard to know what dye will do. I’m happy with the result, and I’ll wear it a lot more often now that it looks like I’m wearing something.

Dyeing A Swimsuit Dyeing A Swimsuit

 

Who knew that swimsuit fabric dyed so well? It even kind of dyed the bra cups inside. 

There’s another one my sister made and doesn’t wear because it has too many colors that I’m going to try to dye black. I wonder how well the synthetic colors will take black dye.

Dyeing A Swimsuit
Would you ever dye a swimsuit?

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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One thought on “How to Dye a Swimsuit

  1. Such a great idea! I absolutely hate my bright pink bathing suit, and am seriously considering this.

    Posted on July 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm