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 Post subject: Dyeing battledress
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:04 am 
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I have a spare reproduction battledress that I would like to turn into Civil Defence, does anyone have any experience/advice on dyeing? Thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Dyeing battledress
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:53 am 
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Dyeing wool is very difficult. You can't use dylon dyes that you put in the washing machine. They won't take. I believe wool requires dyeing at fairly high temperatures which are likely to shrink a finished garment.

If your repro is a wool blend then you have a bigger problem. You can't dye man made fibres.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:28 am 
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I sort of guessed that might be the answer. A colleague did find something on the web to suggest a pre dye that takes the existing dye out and then dye it with a mix of black and navy, I haven't found that myself but what I don't want is a cute albino battledress.

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I dyed a replica BD from WPG. It was too tan for my liking and I used common Rit dye and it worked just fine.


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Considering the costs of repro or original battledress - and the relative availability of CD battledress - you're probably better off waiting and hunting for CDBD. It may take a while - but you'll find it.

That - or if money's no object - there are some companies that produce repro battledress, and can do it in 'bluette'

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:13 am 
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Thanks for the responses. I have a decent original CD battledress and we all know how difficult a 48" chest was to find, luckily my waist will still accept a 36"! It was going to be an experiment, the original being over 70 years old and for that reason I don't like to wear it, and to be honest sellers have caught on and the prices are certainly catching up with good repro military.

As an aside over the past couple of years I have spoken to a few of the companies and they are unable to (won't) supply them in blue, in fact I've had an order in with Sanjay Suri for a sample since February, I haven't held my breath.

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