Bring out the best in your tees with washes to dye for. Think beyond the rainbow of solid color tees with stains and finishes you’ll actually want to leave in.

Garment Dye is a special dye that is used to add color to finished garments as opposed to manufacturing garments from pre-dyed yarns or fabrics. The benefits are that garments can be dyed any color.

Applicable Garments:
For best dye results, we recommend garments that are 100% cotton PFD (Prepared for dyeing).

A fabric or garment which is prepared for dyeing is specially made to be dyed. PFD fabrics have been desized, scoured, and fully bleached, but have been processed without optical brighteners or softeners which can interfere with dye uptake


Wash Requirements:
For best results, garment should be washed inside out on gentle cycle, tumble dry low. Do not bleach or iron embellishment.

Quality Concerns:
Finished garments are not uniform in texture and vary in thickness around seams, pockets, cuffs and shoulders. Uneven puckered seams are distinct to garment dye treatment. To minimize the effects of the garment dye process, a high quality PFD garment is recommended.

As a result of the temperatures involved in the dyeing/treatment process some degree of shrinkage will occur. This is more common with finished blanks that have been piece dyed before garment construction. Garment shrinkage will vary depending on which garment style is selected. Final garment dimensions will be based upon the below “after process” shrink standards.
Standard shrinkage variance (+ or -)

  • 3-5% 1 Treatment (example: dye)
  • 5-12% 2 Treatment (example: dye and wash)


Torque is identified by the twisting or displacement of lengthwise seams. Torque is created in the yarn formation, knitting, and fabric finishing processes. It is a condition that is considered “normal and accepted” for dye or treated garments. Final garment torque will be based upon the below “after process” standards.
Standard torque variance

  • 1” on sizes XS – XL
  • 1 ¼” on size 2XL
  • 1 ½” on size 3XL


With the unique process of garment dyeing, Melmarc will require a shading variance as follows on all of its garment dye full package programs.

  • Direct and Reactive Dye: A plus (+) or minus (-) 5% shade variance within a production order
  • Pigment and Neon Dye: A plus (+) or minus (-) 10% shade variance within a production order. In addition, production can be 10% lighter than approved sample/lab dip.
  • Treatments: A plus (+) or minus (-) 10% shade variance within a production order. In addition, because most of the treatments are done by hand, one piece at a time, each shirt will have its own unique finish and no one, will be an identical match to another.


Melmarc’s product development team is constantly researching the market for the latest trends to provide you with cutting edge techniques and options for your graphic t-shirt program. Give us a call to see how we can help you with your next project. 714-460-6600