Post # 1
I found a supercute dress that is pretty much exactly what I’m going for, in a hippie shop for $48. Except that it’s sort of a dark beige/grayish kinda thing. Now, I certainly don’t need my dress to be virginal white, but I actually do want it to look like a bride’s dress.
Since I’m having no luck elsewhere, I’m contemplating buying it anyway and trying to bleach it. (I just don’t know if I’m willing to waste the $50 if it doesn’t work out). Any advice? Dilution quotient, how much time I should leave it in, etc.? And/or, do you think it will start to yellow after a time?
By The Way, I asked the shop’s proprietor whether she can order it in white, and she wasn’t much help. (Seems like she bulk-buys everything in Australia and keeps it here in a warehouse). Same with the brand name: “India Boutique” – it doesn’t seem to exist online.
Post # 3
If its really the exact dress you are looking for then I would risk the $50 and try dying it!
Post # 4
I have no idea but Fiance tried to bleach 2 pairs of khaki pants once and somehow the waistband turned blue on one and the other had weird spots on it! He considered the pants to be white already and thought the bleach would clean them and remove a stain, he was not trying to change the color. In the end, both pants needed to be replaced.
Maybe instead of bleach, you could look into the Rit dyes and see if they have a light ivory color that could work? Talk to someone at an art/craft shop for advice.
Post # 5
Also, find out what the dress is made of, the material makes a big difference in how it will take the bleach/dye.
Post # 6
RIT makes a product designed to remove color. That would probably be your best bet first. Not sure if it would be white then, but once the color is removed you could then most likely dye it white or ivory.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t BLEACH it, I”d try to Ivory dye it with special dye. Bleach is really fickle and if you’ve ever bleached anything, it tends to come out splochy. Even my towels do. I didn’t know they make color remover like Smyley said, but try that first!
Post # 8
i’d buy the dress and have somebody copy it with white material or keep looking – bleach and fabric dyes are just inconsistent for me, I would never willingly do it. The only time i use it is if I really goof the laundry.
Post # 9
Here’s the dye remover mentioned above… I also never knew this existed, and had to check it out!
ETA: Other companies make similar products (like this one: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/6208989-AA.shtml#reviews) if you want to shop around.
Post # 10
I’ve used the dye remover when I accidentally dyed a load of white wash pink with a red garment but I don’t think that it would remove a manufacturers color, just a mistake in dyeing…..
If the garment was supposed to be light gray I don’t know if even beach would chenge that although it would lighten it. Good luck though, I’m dying (ha-ha) to know if it would work but $50 is a lot to waste. 🙁
Post # 11
I’d give it a shot… just rinse it THOROUGHLY. A couple of years ago, I was in a play and the director decided my white dress was a little dingy, so he bleached it. It burned my skin for the first two performances! (Just a little. But still). We laugh about it now but I imagine that would be no fun at a wedding.
Post # 12
maybe you could call a seamstress or find someone online who “dyes” and contact them to see what they suggest?