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jenspeed
« on: February 21, 2005 07:53:48 AM »

So I just picked up this dress at a thrift store to wear in my friend's wedding. Only problem is that it's navy blue and needs to be black. I'm not sure what the material is as the tags are gone. I burned a small piece from the seam and it got all plasticy and gooey, so I'm guessing it's made of a whole bunch of synthetic material. I was going to bring it to a local tailor for them to dye, but they all seem to tell me that they either only do natural fibers or that "no one does that kind of thing anymore. You'll have to find your own solution." The latter comment led me to y'all on craftster. I've never dyed anything before, but am willing to experiment. So any suggestions on dye to buy, techniques, do's and dont's, whatever would be most appreciated.

here's the dress:
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lutheranchick
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2005 08:39:46 AM »

I really can only say that polyester fabric doesn't take dye all that well. That is why you keep being blown off.  I'd look at the Rit Dye website and see what they have to say on the matter.
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moefen
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2005 08:16:52 PM »

Polyester totally will not dye.... it is a plastic, and it would like be trying to dye tupperware.  Sorry, it is bad news, but you won't change that to black with dye.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2005 04:11:24 AM »

Check out Dharma Trading. They have dyes for everything. If you don't know what to get or how to proceed, just call them . It's an awesome company.
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lutheranchick
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2005 07:04:08 AM »

According to Rit, you can dye rayon, nylon, and acetate.  So if you don't know exactly what the dress is made of, and don't care if you ruin it in a failed attempt to dye it, go ahead-- it might be one of the synthetics that will take dye.
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moefen
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2005 07:09:19 PM »

From the photo it looks suspiciously like a dull polyester satin. It isn't common to find rayon or nylon formal dresses, and acetate doesn't usually have a "satin" look.  It is often made into a taffeta for inexpensive formals. 

If it is poly, then it isn't good news.  But, as lutheranchick said, if it was cheap and you are willing to risk losing it, then try dyeing it.

Actually, if it is polyester, probably nothing in the colour will be affected, but some of the interior structure of the dress, any interfacing or linings could either pick up colour, or possibly be affected by the heat of the water.

(And you would need to use hot water to get black!)

 
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2005 07:25:58 PM »

just can't help but wonder...  why does it need to be black?
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2005 04:49:55 AM »

I'll be wearing black in my brother's wedding. It's a night wedding in a really fancy resturant.
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jenspeed
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2005 06:01:18 PM »

It has to be black as the bride has insisted that all her bridesmaids dress in black.

thanks for all the advice. i'm guessing it won't work, which I probably knew from the start, but was somewhat deluding myself based on the fact that I liked the dress and it was way cheaper than any of my other options. if i manage to get it black, i'll post the results. thanks again.
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moefen
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2005 07:00:05 PM »

I don't know if you can sew at all, but you could possibly make the dress look ALMOST black, if you stitched on a fabric overlay.  Maybe something like a sparkly black chiffon over the skirt and a heavy black lace over the top...

just an idea
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