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To Dye For: Orchard Corset’s Trade Dye Secrets REVEALED!

To Dye or Not To Dye…

Your Favorite Shapewear or Accessory

Hello OC Readers! We are sad to announce that we have eliminated our custom dye service. But don’t despair! We are sharing our highly coveted dye secrets! Now you will be able to choose any color you want for your garter belt, garter extensions, Rago and Cortland shapewear ( or really any garment without steel boning made from polyester or nylon).


In our experience, nylon takes the dye much better than polyester (hence the two-tone look in the fuchsia Rago piece above). You may want to grab a fabric swatch of a like material from your local fabric store and test dye to assure you get the right level of color you are looking to achieve. Also, as it is nearly impossible to get the color exactly the same twice, if you looking to create a complete look (fishnet stockings, garter extensions, lace gloves and a petticoat for example) it is best to dye them altogether in the same batch. Follow these 3 easy steps to dye perfection!

Step 1: Choose your dye color! We use Rit Dye which can be purchased just about anywhere (WalMart, local fabric stores, K-Mart) If you don’t see the color you want, you can combine colors (like we did) to achieve different shades. Check out the experts at Rit Dye to help find your exact color combination!

Step 2: Determine if you need or want a tub or a washing machine. If you are dyeing nylon hosiery (not the fishnet), a pan or tray is best to prevent any damage before wearing the product. If you are dyeing larger quantities of items, then a washing machine is easier. It is important to note the newer machines don’t allow you to start the machine with the lid open, so you may find a tub easier.

Step 3a: Set your machine, to wash on hot and rinse on cold.  You will want to select a water level at least one step above what you might normally choose (so if you are dying one piece of Rago..don’t choose x-small load, select at least small or medium). The dye bottle will have instructions as to how much dye per volume of water (and you can use more or less depending on how dark you wish the end product). Stir the water and the dye with a large wooden spoon (or whatever you have handy) until fully dissolved before you add the garments.  Add the items and close the lid! That’s it! When the cycle finishes (longer wash is OK…but only one rinse cycle).

Step 3b: Fill a wash tub or sink with enough hot water to amply cover the garment(s) and add the dye (quantity needed is on the label) and mix until you see an even distribution of color. Only then do you add the garments. Swish them around with a same stir spoon you used to mix the dye until fully saturated. Allow to sit in the dye for anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours depending on the color you want and the fabric content (remember, nylon dyes faster and easier than polyester). Stir and swish around occasionally-and remember you can always make your item darker, but without bleach you can’t undo it! Once your desired color is reached drain the tub and add cold water to rinse. Continue to drain and rinse in cold water until water runs clear.

That’s it! It’s time to wear your beautiful custom dye piece from Orchard Corset. We have had some customers buy our steel boned corsets and successfully dyed them using a spray dye. We plan to have a blog about that in the near future as well!

I have been with Orchard Corset since June of 2012 and what a journey it has been! I've gone from complete newbie to Marketing Director to Chief Operations Officer and I've learned more about corsets, corseting, shapewear, social media and myself than I would have ever thought possible. I have really enjoyed the journey and we at Orchard Corset are dedicated to providing a wealth of information for new and seasoned corseters alike.


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