How To Save Your Favorite Jacket When It’s Ruined From Color Bleed In The Wash

Welcome to the 799th Metamorphosis Monday! Have you ever had a favorite top or outfit ruined due to color bleed in the wash? My friend, Teresa, loves to travel, and one of her favorite jackets that she often takes along when she travels is a Tommy Bahama jacket in a nice neutral color. Having just returned from a trip, her hubby, Frank, was trying to be helpful by washing some of the clothes they wore during their travels. Unfortunately, he accidentally put some colors together in the wash that ended up bleeding on one of Teresa’s favorite jackets. The blue dye is visible in several places on her jacket.

How to dye a jacket or top when color bleed ruins it in the wash


Here’s a closer view showing some of the blue color bleed stains.


Since Tommy Bahama jackets can be a bit pricey, Teresa wanted to see if she could save it. She decided to try dying it a darker color, and the product she chose was Rit Dye in a Brown color, along with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative.


Following the detailed instructions on the bottle, Teresa got busy with the dyeing process. As you can tell, it pays to be prepared and wear gloves. I like how Teresa protected the container with a large plastic bag.


The Rit dye instructions state how long to keep the item in the dyeing solution, and it’s basedon the type of fabric that you’re dying. Fabrics like nylon dye, pretty quickly, but a fabric like polyester often takes a good bit longer. Also, it’s very important to stir the item, especially throughout the first 10 minutes of the dying process. That ensures the dye circulates well all through the piece that you’re dyeing. Stirring well throughout most of the process is a good idea.


Here’s how Teresa’s jacket turned out—a really pretty shade of brown.


Here’s a great Before and After view…so nice when you can save a favorite piece from your wardrobe after it has been through a mishap!


Thanks so much to Teresa for sharing this awesome “Before and After” It’s so good to know how this process works, just in case I ever need it. Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters linked for this week’s Met Monday!

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  1. Susan,
    Thanks so much for hosting!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  2. Franceil Parde says

    KUDOS!!! franki

  3. Thanks so much Susan, I would never have the courage to dye something, it looks like a messy process!

  4. What a great save with the jacket. I think I like the brown better! Thanks for having us over!

  5. PatinCal says

    I frequently dye items that are more than 50% cotton (clothing, tablecloths, etc.) in my washing machine using Dharma Trading’s Procion dye. Even though the process with Procion is a little more complicated, the dye is much more stable than Rit and worth the added effort. Oh, and the range of colors available is spectacular.

  6. Just about to dye a pair of black jeans, in which the color is past their prime, but the fabric is in great shape. I wasn’t aware there’s a dye fixative to keep the colors from running or fading afterward. Cheers to you and my soon to be new looking jeans!

  7. What a great idea! Teresa chose a beautiful color, and so sweet of her to share the process with us! Thanks to you for passing it on, and as always, for hosting! Hope you have a lovely week!

  8. What a great save! It is a lovely brown. Susan, you once saved a top that had gotten some color spots on it in the wash; I think it was Shout sheets. I wonder if that would’ve worked too.

  9. I have a 23 year old white denim Talbots jacket that had gotten dingy. I bought a new one last spring. I decided a few weeks ago to dye the old one pink. I used the Rit dye and fixer. It turned out great. Had several compliments on it when I wore it to church last week. I ordered the dye etc from Amazon.

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