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Today’s blog addresses a great question posed by a Sew Like A Pro™ subscriber concerning flesh color elastic: “I can’t find flesh color elastic to use for shoulder straps. How do I dye elastic? How do I get a good color to match my skin?”

"I can’t find flesh color elastic to use for shoulder straps.

How do I dye elastic? How do I get a good color to match my skin?"

Read on to get dying solutions to your elastic dilemma.
Thanks to online fabric stores, it is possible to find elastic in limited colors. The problem with the color elastics I found is that they are as soft as the common bra strap – and wear out just as fast.

I find this bra-strap-type elastic too soft and unsupportive for what I would want to wear in a Dancesport, Country or skate dress.

After all, we dancers and skaters are constantly bending, stretching, kicking – and often times exposing our private areas. I want an elastic strong enough to make sure my trunks always stay down over my tush, my dress stays up at the neckline and over the shoulders.

Therefore, I head to my local fabric store and purchase a strong, resilient, ribbed elastic which is called “braided” elastic” in the U.S.

braided elastic is strong enough to be suitable for competition Dancesport, Country and Skate dress

 

 

What type of dye should you use?

There are several types of powder and liquid dyes available on the market. For dying elastic, I prefer RIT dye because it’s easiest to use.

Grab a box or bottle of tan or cocoa – whichever best matches your skin tone. Mixing RIT brand dye colors is perfectly fine so have fun experimenting with the color combination that works for you. Don’t forget to add in a splash of pumpkin or tangerine to create that delightful orange, fake tan color.

 

How to dye flesh color elastic for your Ballroom, Country and Skate dress
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Since hot water deteriorates the elastic making it not as strong or resilient, I make a concentrated dye bath using minimal water and a lot more dye than the manufacturer recommends.

By doing this, I only need to leave the elastic in the hot water 3-5 minutes. Sometimes a second soaking is needed, but if your dye bath is concentrated enough, one round does the trick.

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The color on dyed elastics fade with multiple wearings. To maintain your elastics so they blend with your skin color, use tanning mouse or liquid make up and rub on the straps as needed.

 

Sometimes, depending on what you need the elastic for, it is possible to use clear elastic instead of flesh color elastic. Check out this ice skate dress that uses a nearly invisible clear elastic to add support.

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you dyed elastics before?

If yes, was the color good? Did your elastic lose some strength?

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From Teresa Sigmon,
Founder and Designer of Seams Sensational
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