Post # 1
So I bought Alfred Angelo 8501 and it just came in! I’m still in love, with one little exception. The lace is SO so beautiful, and it doesn’t pop as much as I’d want it too. I was constantly looking at darker ivory, champagne, and two tone dresses when I found this one and fell in love with everything else about it.
My mom suggested, since it’s two pieces, to tea stain the unerlay. Since it’s covered by lace, versus the satin being fully visible, any minor imperfections should be noticed, but a darker ivory antique color should help the lace pop.
I just picked up a yard of off while charmeuse silk (same material as the under layer) and a giant box of black tea bags. I’m going to test it out on the fabric swatch first to figure out my color.
Has anyone else on here done this with any success? I’d be so curious to hear your story – good or terrible – before I dip a $1200 dress into a giant vat of Lipton.
This is the dress when I tried it on in store. The lace is so stunning I just want it to show up all over!
Post # 3
Dear lord please get a professional to at least advise you before you do this.
Post # 4
@ardowns: + 1 that is what I was thinking.
Gosh OP the dress looks so pretty….I’d def get a professional to do it if you are set on doing it. I think I’d be scared to death to try it!
Post # 5
@thenaturalginger: Dying a slip is one thing. Lots of girls here have done different colors. But dying the actual dress? Ohhh please no. Talk to a pro before you do anything!
Post # 7
@thenaturalginger: From what I’m getting, the dress is actually in two pieces–the underlay, and then the lace overlay, and they aren’t connected?
To me, if you can easily separate the underlay, dying it wouldn’t be out of consideration, but nonetheless I agree a million times with PPs–get a professional to do it if you’re going to do it at all.
Post # 8
Oh definitely don’t do this at home by yourself. Go see a pro!
Post # 9
@thenaturalginger: I have tea dyed parts of my wedding dress. me and my mom are sewing my dress and I had trouble getting lace the same ivory colour, so I just dyed stark white lace with a teabag. here are my opinions:
you can tea dye almost everything. depending on how long you steep the tea bags and on the type of your fabric your colour will get quite dark, and I recommend that you try with little scraps of fabric which colour you want (1 teabag earl grey in 2 litres of water steep for one minute and soak the fabric for 1,5 minutes will result in a soft ivory colour)
please remember that your tea dye has to cool down a little before you put your delicate fabric into it, of course, sillyme was too impatient the first time.. -_-”
here you can see how dark tea dye can turn out (I didn’t follow that instruction, since I could not boil my fabric): http://tiinateaspoon.blogspot.co.at/2008/04/dyeing-with-tea.html
you get better results if your fabric is already wet (soak in warm water before), because tea dye can get patchy. I’d also recommend stirring the whole time while you soak the fabric, for the same reason. I only dyed small pieces of fabric which was quite easy, so I don’t know about a long dress, I’d probably use my tub..
last piece of advice (if you hung on throughout my sermon ^-^): when you find your tea dye too dark, put the (still wet!) fabric directly into the washing machine, highest possible temperature for your fabric and use washing powder + fabric softener… there is no guarantee, but it worked out for me and the fabric became white again..
I agree with PPs that’s it a risky business, but that is up to you. hope I could help a bit. that said: good luck!!!
Post # 10
Just a note: if it is a polyester or other synthetic it won’t take the dye well. Also, the fabric you bought will likely have a different fiber blend than your dress so will take dye differently. Tea dyeing is fairly simple, but I would get a professional to do it. You just spent 1200 on a dress! I would spend another 100 to have it dyed to the colour I want rather than accidently ruining it.
Post # 11
@thenaturalginger: I wouldn’t tea stain it alone. Lace is delicate and removing it would be a pain, and could easily ruin it.
Tea isn’t reliable, it could stain darker in some spots then others, and the way it’s dried can affect the color too.
Please have a pro do it, or leave it. It’s a lovely dress!
Post # 12
Hmm…I can’t really tell you a process to follow but I can show you what my dress looks like. I got it at a consignment shop and it is a Marisa dress that was probably over $2000 initially. The woman who owned it dyed it with tea bags in her bathtub and it turned out GORGEOUS. That was one of the reasons I bought it because it is such a beautiful color! I fully support your choice of dying your dress!
I would ask someone who knows about this though just to bounce ideas off of them. If the test dye works out perfect I don’t see why would wouldn’t be able to do your dress.
Here is my dress:
(you can best see the difference in color at the bottom in contrast to the lace, which was not dyed)
It isn’t as dark as I think you would like your dress to be but like I said, I don’t know the process the woman who owned it prior to me put it through. But it can be done successfully and look absolutely fantastic. My dress has no splotchy areas whatsoever, the color is uniform, and you never would have guessed it was tea stained if you weren’t told. It is just a beautiful color.
Post # 13
@taylorkirby: Yes! Exactly what I’m hoping for. You’ve given me a huge boost of confidence.
@chibi: Thanks for all the ideas, just the kind of feedback I needed.
I’m not dying the lace, just the silk underlay. None of the fabric to be dyed will be directly visible, it will be under the lace sheath. I went and spent $15 for a yard of high end silk charmeuse, which is the same shade, material and texture of my dress’s underlay. I’m going to test about 6 different strengths of tea tonight in dying it and see how it looks after it dries under the lace.
And to everyone sharing concern, I really do appreciate it. And I know I’m crazy. It’s not even about the cost, it’s about needing to feel personally invested in my dress and “making it mine”. I was originally going to sew my own but I simply don’t have time, so I bought the bones of a dress I plan to make all the adjustments to myself. If I were talking to a friend saying they were doing what I’m about to do, i’d tell them they’re insane too!
I’ll update the thread with shade samples for a vote tomorrow. Thanks guys!
Post # 14
@thenaturalginger: I don’t think you’re crazy. I think it will be great! Good luck and don’t forget the “after” pics.
Post # 15
Tagging in. Can’t wait to see your update.
Post # 16
@taylorkirby: saw your gown for the first time today and it’s amazing. Great find!