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They said it couldn't be done! But with nothing to lose and a spare afternoon, GW proves it's not only possible but very rewarding. 

This writer had a lemon yellow puffy which after a few years wear was a collage of burn marks, ingrained dirt stains and holes covered is miss-matched tape. It was definetely either time to chuck it out or take a gamble, and the dye job worked perfectly. The dark purple covered the lemon well, and a few washes down the line it is still holding colour very well. 

You’ll need:

A very large pot (way bigger than you’d reckon to allow for the down catching air pockets, with a very good scrub afterwards I continued to cook food in it with no issues)

Wooden spoon

Tongs

A stove-top

Water

A bottle of Rit Dyemore in your chosen colour (make sure to think about your old colour mixing with your new colour)

Time to leave the jacket in the pot with the lid on overnight off the stove.

Newspaper to save your benches from splashes/drop sheets.

How to:

Heat the water, add the dye and stir according to instructions. Pop your damp jacket in and for the next hour stir and mix and poke the air out to get the best possible coverage.

Put the lid on and put the pot to the side to stand overnight, lifting out and stirring that evening and before bed.

When the colour is deep enough rinse it and put through a gentle wash.

Either lay gently to dry in the sun or put in the dryer with some tennis balls.

(A small note on DWR coatings: If your coat is less than a couple of years old, it may still have it’s waterproof coating which will disrupt the dye. Find out by splashing some water on it and if the water doesn’t immediately sink in you’ll need to remove the coating first. This can be achieved with repeated washing or a solvent, but be sure to do your research before you apply these to your jacket.)

Story: Sarah Stackman

 

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