Refashion: Green Dye-namite

I had this green cardigan that I got at a clothes swap, because the fit was cute. But I never wore it because the shade of green just wasn’t right. It was a bit too bright, and seemed to clash with everything I tried it with. So I thought, what can I do to make this wearable for me? Fabric dye! What wearable shade can I get with available dye colors starting with this strong green? Answer: a darker, deeper emerald green. So that’s what I did!




The above right is an accurate representation of the color beforehand. Below left is accurate of the color after. This is what happens when you take photos at 4 different times with 4 different lighting schemes.


I love how the new color turned out. Though I have to say, dyeing fabric is kind of an involved process, so I’m not sure how much more I’ll do of it. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’m happy with my new emerald cardigan.

Have you ever done any fabric dyeing? How’d it turn out?


  1. I LOVE fabric dyeing and I think you did a great job. I would have never thought to dye to get a darker shade of the same color. Great idea! I’ve meddled around with natural dying and off the shelf dyeing. My favorite was dyeing with turmeric and I plan to dabble some more with other items. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m definitely still a newbie, this being my very first ever attempts at dyeing (aside from some tie-dye experiments back in ye old middle school days). I have a few other things I want to dye, but I need a bigger stock pot first so the items fit into the dye bath, haha.

  2. That green is gorgeous! I’ve never done fabric dyeing…I think I’d stain everything within 10 feet of me haha

    1. Uh… yeah… there was definitely some mess involved. I thought I could keep it contained and no problem/splashes… and so though wearing a white top wouldn’t be a problem. Wrong. Now I get to experiment with bleach! Haha.

      Though I think now that I know what to expect, it’d be less messy all around next time.

  3. I’ve never tried this, but it turned out great! You did an awesome job on it. I love your hair 🙂

    1. Thanks!! (on both counts!) I actually just got my hair cut a few days before this, I’m still getting used to it, but I like it. 🙂

    1. I hadn’t before this, either, so I was happy it turned out good! I thought for sure I’d mess it up somehow, haha.