(Closed) How to Change a Ivory Dress to White?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2007

Not sure how you would dye it white, but if you do it may make the dress look cheaper.  I think that off white, eggshell color looks much more elegant than a super white "budget" dress.  (no offense to those that have super white dresses, sorry)

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Yikes, I really wouldn’t risk it.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I really don’t think you can. Dyes are color-fast for a reason, and while you can often dye things darker, that’s just because you’re layering dye on top of the first color. If you want to strip the dye off the satin, it’ll likely weaken the fabric so much it wouldn’t be wearable, and that’s only if it didn’t completely ruin the silky finish of the fabric.

If it’s the style you love, perhaps you could get it made custom in white?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

You can’t dye silk from eggshell to white without ruining the fabric… silk+water=disaster.

If it is a polyester blend, you MIGHT be able to do it, but I would consult a dry cleaner and see what they think.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007

If it was originally white, you can strip a dye – but a wedding dress was most likely never white but originally woven out of ivory colored "threads."  If it was originally white, there are ways to strip the color, but even those will probably not work evenly like you want them to in an already made dress – it would be very difficult to get it to work evenly near hems, seams, etc. and you would likely end up with either a blotchy or tie dye effect. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i wouldnt do it

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Just a thought- my friend ended up accidentally buying a ivory dress but didn’t realize it until she had it home on a white bedsheet… point here is that she would have never known the difference had it not been up to something else that was arctic stark white… so unless some skank wears white to your wedding then you should be okay.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

When I started dresss shopping, I assumed that all whites were made the same. When I tried on the pure white dress, it really didn’t flatter me, or my skin tone at all. If any of you girls watch Friends…I felt like when Ross over-bleached his teeth, and they glowed in the dark! My bridal consultant said that in pictures, ivory dresses often come out looking very "white" anyhow. While I think both colours are pretty, I think that an ivory-white compliments a lot more skin tones and is easier to wear. I don’t think ou should dye it, because you don’t want to compromise the satin. You could end up with a two-tone dress, which I’m guessing isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. Good luck!

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