I am in no way a master craftsman, but your kind words mean a lot.
With any trade or craft buy the absolute best tools that you can afford. They really do help you create a better finished product.
So I got a vintage miltary jacket with the intention of overdyeing it. Basically I've been wanting a visvim kilgore / wtaps jungle jacket / post overalls bdu jacket and thought it might be a fun, cheap experiment to play around with an original first. It is a 3rd pattern jungle jacket in ERDL camo. The tag with DSA number fell off so I don't know precisely what year it is. Robert Duvall's Napalm sniffing Lt. Colonel Kilgore (for whom the Visvim version is named) wears the regular olive drab version in Apocalypse Now.
It was supposed to come out a deep blueish-black with the camo still just visible. However this was my first time experimenting with cold water fiber reactive dye and I ran out of salt (which works as the fixative) and so I lost most of the colour when I rinsed it afterwards. I blame the non-metric measures all the dyeing recipes seemed to use - I don't know how much a US 'cup' is, particularly if I go to a store and buy something by weight. Ughhh
I might have another go at some point, after having bulk bought salt. Or with some good old fashioned ritdye. (I didn't use ritdye first time round as its supposed to be quite harsh on cotton fabric and this thing has been well loved / has some holes. That and the cold water dyes are supposed to give good colour).
so not a huge difference, but it is darker and has a bluish tinge.
The other problem is I now really want a fashunz version ie. Visivim
This is amazing. Did you use RIT dye? How does the wool dyeing process differ from cotton?