I purchased this never been worn ivory pleated vintage wool skirt, and what do you think happens? 'Someone' spills a giant cup of coffee on it. I tried to soak it out with cold water, but a stain still remained. I decided a quick dip in a dye bath would fix my problem and leave me with a one of a kind item to wear this fall.
Step one: Get your item wet, this helps the dye take evenly.
Step two: Choose your colors and get your dye. I decided to mix up a red-violet shade, and also use black. Rit dye is a standard brand, available at jo-anns and michaels. I like the muted tones you get from Rit, but there is also dye for tie dying, that is much more vibrant. I won't explain the mixing instructions because those are available on whichever dye brand you choose. If you're familiar with your colorwheel, don't be afraid to mix colors!
Step three: I just eyeball this part, but you could tie off sections if you're worried about not being even. I used a somewhat deep tray and submerged the bottom half of the skirt into the red-violet shade. I let this soak for about 30 minutes, making sure all portions of the skirt were submerged so that the coloring would be even.
Step four: I took the skirt out and hung it up on the line to drip dry. Because I wanted to keep the top portion of my skirt the original ivory color, I couldn't just stick this in the wash to remove the excess purple dye. I hosed it off while it was on the line and squeezed the dye out until the water ran clear. After the bulk of water dripped out, I was ready for the next color.
Step five: Again, you could tie off sections, but I just submerged the bottom quarter of the skirt in a black dye bath, and let that sit for another 30 minutes. I then removed it and repeated step four until the water ran clear. I then let the skirt fully dry.
The result? No more coffee stains, and a fun skirt for fall. Its a very cheap project and can spruce up any plain skirt. The pleats need to be re-ironed, but I wanted to get the photos up.
(Stick some wooden beads in the leftover dye bath, the result after only a couple minutes was a very rich color)