I dyed mine, starting from a light grayish beige. However, I did preproduction. Just look at the color of the jumpsuit and see what colors are in THAT color. For istance, the prepro suit is gray, green, and blue. Start with the lightest color first. I dyed my suit in that order, first gray, then green, then blue, using RIT powder dye. I believe I used another gray after I did the blue, and that made it perfect. You can use RIT dye remover to fade out the color if you make it too dark. You'll use each dye one at a time, in a separate wash for each. After you are all done with the dyes, run the washer with a load of just like 1/4-1/2 cup of bleach, then with a load of detergent (no clothes in the washer for either load). This will keep the dye from getting on your clothes the next time you do laundry.
If I were to do an ROTJ starting with white, I would use a light tan, then gray, and possibly another color of gray after that (light gray then dark gray). If the color was not exactly right, or seemed to "warm", I would add 1/4 package of blue and see what happens. But...no guarantees. I haven't ever tried to do the ROTJ color.
IMO, the only way to get the correct color is by dying, or possibly by special order fabric if you can ever find it. The fabric color looks streaky, and RIT dyes will give you just that. Dickies do not look right.
First off, can you dye a Dickies? My seamstress isnt going to get don in time for halloween, so i bought a short sleave Dickies suit. I'll use the material I bought to add the pouches and sleaves. If it can be dyed, is there a recipe for the ROTJ suit? Help!!!
I had a poly-cotton nightmare! the suit was slightly to dark so I decided to bleach it, a couple of cap fulls, checking every ten minutes, nothing. Half a bottle, checking every half hour, nothing..hmmmm four bottles in a large bucket, boiling water, left overnight he he...nothing....
answer: went out and bought another suit the right colour this time (am I just lazy)
I bought the same exact jumpsuit/overalls from JC Pennies. The white one that is made by BIG MAC. Dont throw it away, JC accepts returns from catalogs without a restocking fee. I am keeping mine though. I know dying it will be a mistake so I will most likely airbrush it.
LOL Now I feel stupid... I just noticed this thread is almost a year old! LOL!
all of the jumpsuits that Ive made are made of twill and are a poly cotton blend. They started off white.
To dye my Boba, I used RIT Pearl Gray dye (powder) and a tiny sprinkle of blue rit dye. I filled my washing machine tub with boiling (yes boiling) water. I let the dye mix with the boiling water and then put the fabric in. Once the wash cycle was over, I would re-set the machine again. I continued to do this for hours, and kept adding boiling water to keep it HOT.
Here is a pic of my Boba suit using this method, and also my Jango (which due to the deep color saturation took MULTIPLE DYE BATHS to get it right).
I have the same type of jumpsuit material 35% and 65% blend. I cant seem to find that type of rit dye color. Guess I need to check out Village Crafts "Michaels Craft Store". I hear they have a permenant dye for polyester cotten blends. I want the greenish look from ROTJ.