Garment Dyed vs. Piece Dyed: What's the difference?

You might be wondering what the difference is in the dyeing process, or if you should use Garment Dyeing or Piece Dyeing for your next project. Well, we've done some research to answer those questions and more so that you can decide which one is best for you. There are pros and cons to each type of dyeing technique; in this article, we'll go over what these techniques entail so that you can decide which one best suits your needs!


Garment dyeing is the process of dying a fabric after it has been cut and sewn into finished garments. The dye is absorbed in the piece of clothing during the washing process, which results in even color coverage. Garment dyeing is a popular choice for knit fabrics, as it results in a softer fabric. Garment dyeing is also a popular choice for darker colors, as it produces richer hues.

Understanding the Garment Dye process

  1. Finished garments are completed with Prepared for Dye (PFD) fabric

  2. Choose from the wide variety of color options on the Pantone website and buy a Pantone chip in the dye color you want

  3. Order a Lab Dip

  4. Choose your favorite from the 2-3 color saturation options from the Lap Dip results

  5. Wash and Dye finished garments


Garment dyed pieces are very soft and smooth to the touch, have even color coverage, and won't shrink in water. Garment dyed fabrics will also appear brighter when they are worn or laundered for the first time because of how much dye is absorbed during washing.

Pros of Garment Dyeing Apparel

  • Garment dyed apparel will experience no shrinkage when washed.

  • Richer color

Cons of Garment Dyeing

Garment dyeing costs are more expensive than piece dyeing because it requires more steps in order to complete the process. For context, the wash/ dye house we work with charges $3.50 per pound and has a 250 unit minimum per dye color. 

DYEING METHODS: What is Piece Dyeing?

Piece dyes refer to dying fabric material before it is ever cut into a finished garment. The fabric is dyed in large pieces and can be done on knit or woven fabrics, but it is more commonly used for cotton fiber and darker colors because the color has a chance to set before being cut into smaller pieces. Piece dying is also more economical for single color dyeing in large volumes.

Once the material The dyed pieces of fabric will be sent directly from the dye house to a sewing manufacturer to complete sewing the finished garment.

Pros of Piece Dyeing

  • This process of dyeing is generally less expensive than Garment dyeing. For context, our rates for custom colors are $0.50-1.00 per yard and require a 500-yard minimum, per dye. This yields roughly 250 garments.

Cons of Piece Dyeing

  • Pieces Dyed fabrics will experience some shrinkage when washed for the first time,

  • May be slight color variation across pieces depending on how they were cut by manufacturing.

Garment Dyed vs. Piece Dyed Clothing: What should you pick?

With either of these two methods of dyeing, you will get a quality product! Garment dyeing will provide an evenness of dyeing/more even color coverage, but it is also much more expensive than piece dying. Piece dying has its cons as well; the fabric may shrink after the first wash and there can be slight variation in color across pieces due to how they were cut by manufacturing. The best option to select whether it's Garment or Piece dying is based on your budget and needs.

How we can help in the process of garment dyeing

With either option, BOMME STUDIO can help manage the custom color dye project for you. We offer a flat $250 Outside Service/setup fee which would include our team overseeing these procedures, performing and providing you with your lab dips, and managing/transporting the project for you. Please note that final costs will not be finalized until we know the final weight of your goods and the color saturation that you select.

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