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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Say Yes to the Dress!

I had no idea what I was in for this morning when I decided I wanted to dye the dress I wore for my wedding so I could wear it again. All I had was a dream:

The seafoam green in this Gucci ad

...and a $2.50 box of Rit Teal Dye:

I was gonna mix but was too scared!

The result was even better than I hoped. The pics here DO NOT do the color justice.
I love it more now than before!

I think my fear worked in my favor. I measured out a 1/2 teaspoon of the teal powder, filled the left side of my sink with scalding hot water, wet the dress thouroughly in the other half with warm water, submerged in the dyed side for about 3 minutes and rinsed immediately. I made the mistake of getting a small spot of undiluted dye on the dress but went all Macbeth on it's ass with a box of Rit color removal and a paintbrush and worked at it for about 10 minutes and it was gone. Voila'...a new fancy dress for about 5 bucks!


  1. WOW! That looks like a gorgeous color! I've never even considered fabric dying anything, but the other day I saw someone do this on another blog and then I saw you do it here, and I need to keep it in mind when I see white dresses at the thrift store that I wish were a different color. The concept sounds intimidating, but the results look well worth it!

    1. It was SO easy and yes I was totally freaked out that I would mess it up and have to scrap an expensive dress. Seriously? 20 min. It would have taken less if I hadn't had to run up to the store for Rit color remover:)

  2. beautiful dress. i have this awesome pumpkin colored j crew jersey dress with a speckling of bleach marks on the arse. would you suggest that i try and die it the same color or something close?

    1. Kate, thanks for the compliments! This was my first time dyeing experience and I am SO happy with how it turned out. I am clearly no expert but I would recommend going to Rit's website. I followed their sink dyeing tips. I'd say if it's something you are not going to wear because of the bleach marks and you aren't going to be too upset if it doesn't turn out. Take a chance!

  3. Great suggestion! They said to try and spot dye it; if it works, I an going to be one happy dress salvaging camper.

  4. I want to know how it turns out...see you this weekend!