Individual Garments

If you are an individual looking to have your personal garments dyed you are in the right place. Metro Dyeing has created an easy to use online consultation form that will help you determine if your garment can be dyed.


Whether you are looking to repair bleach stains, cover wine stains, change the color of your garment, or renew the color you can easily have this done at Metro Dyeing. We also dye dresses, skirts, shirts, pants, shorts, lab coats, jumpsuits, and many other items. We specialize in dyeing cotton garments black which is very common for covering bleach and wine stains.

Metro Dyeing is a pioneer in dyeing individual garments for the general public. We have been voted the best garment dyer in New York City by NY Magazine, and have been featured in a number of major publications and television shows. Our twenty plus years of experience servicing the elite fashion design studios in New York City equips us to do shirt dyeing, blouse dyeing, jacket dyeing, clothes dyeing, dress dyeing, jeans dyeing, ombré dyeing, pants dyeing: almost any garment made today. We also do garment washing.

Whether you would like to revitalize an old shirt, or cover a stain from the Pinot Noir that you spilled on your dress at a cocktail party, we can do it. Our dyers have worked with some of the most creative minds in fashion to develop seasonal color trends and have perfected the coloration of individual garments for a multitude of high-profile celebrities. Some of our celebrity clientele include Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Springsteen, Will Smith, Michelle Obama and Maria Sharpanova.

Individual garment dyeing special note: Dyeing previously dyed and finished apparel is an arduous process which cannot be scheduled, rushed or planned with precision. Unlike pfd fabrics or greige goods which are predictable to work with, we do not know the composite properties of the fabric. A pre-constructed garment can consist of multiple fibers, which have to be dyed separately, with separate formulas, sometimes with different machines – this takes time. Due to the inherent chemistry of a finished garment there is no way to pre-formulate the dyes and chemicals which will be required to achieve a consistent color match, there is most often no sample to test, almost every job is unique. When our dyers add the dye, they cannot go too dark or the garment will be destroyed, so they often start out light and then adjust the shade slowly until the color is achieved. We do not gurantee turn around times or a garments ability to take dye.

Can you tell me how much my garmet will shrink?
No, we have no way of telling how the garment was treated prior to getting to us. Metro Dyeing uses the most relaxed dyeing methods possible to minimize shrinkage and pilling, however, we still see as little as 2% and as high as 20%. The average amount of shrinkage is 4-6%; if your fabric or garment has been washed in warm water prior to dyeing, then you should not see any shrinkage at all.
Will there be any pilling on my fabric or garmet?
We use a nearly tension-less process, however, pilling is a result of fiber construction, which can vary from fabric to fabric and is unpredictable.

** Pilling is particular to man-made fibers. Fabrics containing fibers such as acrylic, nylon, or polyester have a tendency to pill. Abrasion from normal wear and cleaning causes the fibers to unravel, resulting in little balls on the surface of the fabric. Natural fibers like cotton, linen, or wool may also pill at times, but the balls of fibers are usually removed during laundering. When short staple fibers are used in the formation of yarns, the degree of twist is another important factor. Tightly twisted yarns compiled of short staple fibers tend to be more secure than loosely twisted yarns composed of short staple fibers. Usually the higher the twist of the individual fibers, the more securely they are bound and the less likely they are to pill.
Polyester threads and zippers
Often, polyester threads are used in garments. Polyester threads in some circumstances will be impervious to the dye and will remain the same color. Consequently, there may be a nuance between the color of the garment and the threads. We make no representations that we will be able to successfully match polyester threads to the rest of a garment. are to pill.
Polyester fabric dyeing:
Polyester has to be dyed at 280 degrees Fahrenheit in an enclosed pressure chamber, otherwise, it is impervious to the dye. When polyester is blended with natural fibers such as cotton or silk, it can sometimes be difficult to dye both fibers to match without causing damage to the natural fiber.
NYlon fabric dyeing:
Nylon is an excellent fiber for dyeing, and the results are typically superb.
will the lining of a dress dye the same as the outter shell?
If the lining is constructed of polyester or acetate, then most likely the answer is no. However, linings can easily be replaced by a seamstress or tailor. We can certainly custom dye a new lining to match the outside of a garment for you. If the lining is constructed of silk, nylon, rayon or cotton, then it should dye very well, although it may not match the outer shell exactly. This is due to the dye formula that is required for dyeing individual fibers, each fiber is dyed with a different formula.
cotton fabric dyeing:
Cotton fabrics often dye well; our facility is equipped for jeans dyeing, dress dyeing, pants dyeing, shirt dyeing, clothes dyeing and most other garments made from cotton or cotton blends. We also specialize in small quantities of cotton piece goods dyeing: please note that if the garment is a blend of polyester and cotton, there is a risk that the garment will dye unevenly.
can you dye a red polyester / cotton dress shirt black?
The result is unpredictable, we may be able to achieve a union shade of black however, the polyester may not accept the dye. If the polyester does not accept the dye, there will be a nuance between the color of the polyester and the cotton fibers.
Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen and wool tend to shrink. We have no way of determining the inherent properties of a dyed fabric, as many processes and finishes may have been used prior to us receiving the garment. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for shrinkage. However, if the garment has been previously washed with warm water, then it most likely will not shrink at all.
How long will it take to do the work?
Usually 7-30 days, in some cases longer. Dyeing a previously dyed garment or fabric to an exact shade sometimes requires multiple color and chemistry adjustments. Therefore, we cannot give an exact turn around time. Each job is unique, the amount of time to process all jobs in queue ahead of yours will affect the lead-time of your job. Metro Dyeing never guarantees lead times, when submitting work the customer understands that this means jobs can occasionally take in excess of 30 days. If express service is chosen, then we will start the job within 24-72 hours.
Will the zipper dye the same as the garmet?
Yes, unless it is polyester or acetate, then it may be slightly lighter or darker than the fibers in the garment.
Will the threads dye the same as the garmet?
Yes, unless they are polyester, then they may not accept the dye.
how was the garmet dyed its orginal color?
The fibers were dyed separately and then assembled into the garment.
Can you dye a polyester / cotton shirt?
Yes, but there is a chance that there will be a nuance between the color of the polyester and the cotton. We have no way of determining the outcome prior to dyeing. We use a proprietary process that increases the chances of success, but we cannot guarantee that we can do the work successfully.
lining dyeing:
Dress and garment linings are often constructed of acetate or polyester, and chances are minimal that either of these fibers will match the outer shell of the garment. They will most commonly be much lighter if they are constructed of acetate or polyester. All other fibers usually dye very well.
do you dye wool or cashmere sweaters?
Yes, but it is with the understanding that you are at risk of losing the garment to excessive shrinkage. We use a proprietary cold water dyeing procedure that often produces perfect results, but we are unable to guarantee a successful dyeing process due to the inherent properties of wool fabric.
wool fabric dyeing:
Wool fabric does not respond well to warm water and the results are unpredictable. In the event that a customer is willing to accept the risk of damage, we will attempt a proprietary cold water dyeing process that we have developed. The results vary, but sometimes are outstanding.
dyeing stains and bleach spots:
We often are asked if we can dye over stains and bleach spots. This work can be done, however, in order to cover the stains or bleach spots, we must dye the fabric to a dark shade, and black is highly recommended.
can you dye a lime cotton dress navy blue?
Yes, we routinely do this type of work and the results are usually excellent.
silk fabric dyeing:
Silk fabric usually dyes extremely well, and the results are often excellent: shrinkage is typically minimal.