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« on: December 03, 2010 12:49:53 PM »

I bought this abfab 80's dress at a garage sale.  It's all velvety on top, with a satin mermaid skirt including netting underneath for volume.  I want to cut off the poufy skirt to use by itself.  But this stripey fading is only on the front.

The back is the original deep purple without the pink fading.  I think it's probably from sun exposure.  I don't mind the fading, but it looks funny just in front.  So anyone know how I could artificially fade the rayon/acetate satin?

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010 02:50:25 PM »

Supposedly you can dye acetate with disperse dyes, but it requires certain noxious/dangerous chemicals. So in theory you could dye the whole skirt back to a darker purple.

As for "artificial" fading for the undamaged portion of the skirt, how bout spritzing it with lemon juice and leaving it in the sun? You'd have to bunch up the fabric in a similar pattern to the fading on the front so it doesn't look too odd. I don't even know if the lemon juice trick would work on acetate, though...

You should totally save the top portion, too! It would make a fabulous "going out" bustier Cheesy

Best of luck Cheesy

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