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Topic: Ugly salvage dress to awesome costume!  (Read 1205 times)
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« on: August 17, 2007 02:46:42 PM »

Hey there everyone! I have a BIG problem.

My mom bought me some hideous baby pink dress about two years ago, I thought about throwing it out (since I looked like glinda the good witch with a big butt bow on the back!) but the crafter in me refused to let me get rid of the thing.

Now I'm a bit glad. The thing is, I want to reconstruct it into a smokin' hot fairy costume.

But 1) I have NO idea what fabric it is. There's no tag. I'm thinking it was made by some mad bridal gown shop in the 80's, because some of the seams are unfinished. I really want to dye it green,but I don't know about it being an unknown fabric. Is there really any way to tell? (It's kindof a prom gown heavy material that's satin-y)

2)Will the bright green even cover the pink well if it does dye?

please help me!
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2007 02:58:30 PM »

well, i haven't actually dyed anything before, but pink and green are opposite colors on the color wheel, meaning that when you combine them you get a shade of brown. so if you attempt to dye it that might happen...

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2007 04:51:16 PM »

My guess is it's probably a synthetic fabric, most likely polyester.  Synthetics (in my experience) are pretty hard to dye, but it's not impossible-- but you'll probably need something better (and stronger) than ordinary RIT.  I think there are some dye-ing posts in craftster that could tell you how to actually go about it better than I could-- it's been a few years since I've really dyed anything.

To figure out what the material is, you could do a burn test.  To do a burn test, you pull a few threads from an inconspicuous place and (carefully!!!!!) burn the end. There are burn charts (like this: http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html ) that tell you how to identify fibers by how they burn/melt and how they smell when burned. 
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2007 07:19:50 PM »

thanks. I cut off the giant poof-arms this morning and would be perfect for testing!
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007 10:33:21 AM »

Rather than trying to dye it, you could alway use spray paint.  Especially since this is for a costume and not something that would get heavy daily type use.

Don't call it trash...I can make something with it!!!
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