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I found an old thread where someone had this problem and solved it by running the top through another dye process using just 1 box of Pearl Gray. After 15 minutes of agitation, he felt the color matched the bottoms but I'm not sure how this could be accurately determined at this stage as the top is wet. Nevertheless, all seemed satisfactory and then it is indicated that the bottoms were added into this dye bath. The overall end result appears to have worked but I'm wondering wouldn't re-dyeing the bottoms darken them further?
Both top & bottom of mine are same material and I suspect the liner may have played a role in keeping the dye from matching, but who knows for sure. And although I'm fearful of a further color imbalance, I figure I still have to do something here to fix the situation, so I intend on re-dyeing the top with 1 box of Pearl Gray.
My other questions are how long do you think I should re-dye the top and should I add the bottoms into this 2nd mix or leave them out and see how thing turn out? The Pearl Gray I have are all from same lot. Any other advice/observations are appreciated.
Prepare your dye bath, then get your tights soaking wet with clear water, put your top in the dye, and dye it to match the wet tights as best you can. Please note that owing to dye lots, etc, if they didn't get dyed the same color when you first dyed them together, you may never get the EXACT same color with both, but you should be able to get close. Also, don't worry TOO much about it - the top and the tights are really never seen right next to each other, anyway - there's the utility belt, briefs, and gloves to break them up visually. Unless the top and tights are very different colors, no one will notice.
I'm mindful of how a little dye is supposed to go a long way so I'd appreciate any more advice before I go further. Thanks!
Good luck with it!
I started out w/ 2 boxes PG & 3/8 tspn Aubergine w/ both top & bottom.
Here's the total extra dye used for top:
2 1/2 boxes PG
1 tspn Aubergine
So the top must be a different material or perhaps not from the same fabric run as the bottoms. This was a bit tedious but incremental dyeing was the way to go on this. I'm sure each case will be different. Thanks again for the advice!
If you need to get tunic & leggings in the future, ask the maker (in my case On-Stage Dancewear in NYC) if they can ensure both are created from the same run of fabric. I contacted them with this question and the salesperson indicated to me that they could work with me on this if requested. At least then there's a better chance they will dye the same color.