(Closed) Bleaching a cheap dress – do I give it a shot / any pointers?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
640 posts
Busy bee

If its really the exact dress you are looking for then I would risk the $50 and try dying it! 

Post # 4
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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
5766 posts
Bee Keeper

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
14185 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
3125 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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 # 10
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

maybe you could call a seamstress or find someone online who “dyes” and contact them to see what they suggest?

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