- 2 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
Hello again bees! Well your many voices have been stirring in my head for about 5 months (this was where the conversation all started… http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/dying-my-dress-anyone-done-this/#axzz35038H23O). For months I have fretted and weighed the pros and cons of dying my dress – ruling it out, having a dress regret meltdown and coming close to attacking it at 11pm after a bottle of wine, going to a professional for consultation and walking out after the $450 quote without a guarantee, considering selling it and just buying a dress in the right color – somebody needs to redefine the stages of grief as it applies to insane brides and their dress stress!
Then, after a trip to my seamstress that’s making the changes needed to the lace, I asked her thoughts and she said in her adorable little italian accident “Oh my dear, it’s not problem – you take this part home, dip in the tea, and bring it back. It will be good.” I was a bit suspect that she wasn’t willing to do it for me but I took the idea and ran with it, back to plan A.
I’m going to be posting a tutorial on my personal blog for this come September (after I’ve worn and can show the finished product) but if anyone is as crazy as I am, I encourage you to do it and I’ll hold your hand via email if you need some moral support!
This is an image of my dress in the store – lace over satin from Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage Collection style 8501. In addition to the color I’m cutting the sleeves to be a thin tank and lowering the satin in the back to create more of the lace over skin illusion back. I’m pretty blessed that the length and fit are pretty much otherwise perfect out of the bag, so alterations are just style based, not fit, and I can use that budget a little more creatively.
This is the (almost) finished product – wet in bathroom light and dry in natural daylight. It’s perfect. Or maybe better than perfect, since my addition of saffron threads to the stain actually added a sheen of pink to the dark champagne color. Now I’m dying to get my hands on the lace piece to see the contrast. In the end I may even go a shade darker, but now I’ve got the confidence that this treatment works beautifully.