Post # 1
We ordered my moms dress from a chinese wholesaler website. I used the same guy who did my dress to do hers and the BMs dresses cause i loved how good he did one mine. Anyway we ordered this dress with some added flutter sleeves it in a claret/ lighter burgandy ish color like the one pictured below. However when we got it it was no where close! It was a very bright like ronald mcdonald red! I message the guy who made them and all he said was that was the color you picked and it might be different based on the colors on computers. i can understand that to a point, but i was very specific that i wanted a darker red. No way if you any kind of normal are you going to screw it up that much. My mom still looks nice in it but she feels like shes going to stick out like crazy. She keeps saying she feels like Scarlet Ohara in her red dress from Gone with the Wind. We had an idea and sent it with my sister to a friend of ours who is a professional seamstress to possibbly dye the dress darker. I guess she looked at it tho and the top chiffon layer wouldnt dye. So she thought of an idea to dismantle the dress, dye the under layer thats like a silky satin then put the ciffon layer back on. Now that concerns me. I have no idea how that would look to have a dark layer under such a bright layer and theres really no way to know until its done. Plus under the bust we had the guy add a beaded black sash accent thing so idk if that would be dyed too. I’d hate to have them do all this and screw it all up or it end up blotchy or just dye the seams or something. So my question is has anyone ever tried to dye a dress like this and end up successful? Or if you got pics of what a dark red dress with a bright red overlay would look like would help too!
Post # 3
I’ve seen this done with silk (tulle, chiffon and satin), but the underlayers were orange and the top layer was pink (it was for prom). It turned out beautifully.
BUT be careful if the fabric is polyester (you have to use a specific dye and dyeing process for that). This thorough Yahhoo Answer sums it up rather nicely:
It depends on what fiber the dress is made of. It is easy to dye silk chiffon and silk satin, using acid dyes, but if your chiffon and satin are made of polyester, they will not take the dye at all.
The dress is the link is almost certainly polyester. Silk chiffon is nicer and more expensive, so if it were made of silk, they would probably say so.
Polyester can be dyed only with special polyester dyes, which are called disperse dyes; one brand is “iDye Poly”. Rit dye will not work at all on polyester; instead, it will just wash out. You cannot buy disperse dye in your local shops, but you can buy it by mail-order. In Australia, order it from Batik Oetoro; in the US, from Blick Art Materials or PRO Chemical & Dye; and in the UK, order from Fibrecrafts.
Disperse dyes are used by boiling the fabric in the dye for an hour or more, or using a pressure cooker. For clothing, this requires a large and expensive cooking pot which should never be used for food again afterwards.
Sources for Dyeing Supplies Around the World::
Post # 4
Thanks for the tip. I’ll let my friend know. Like I said shes a pro. Shes been doing seamstress work forever and has even done costume work for some hollywood movies and has worked with several celebs including Johnny Depp, Adam West (the orignal Batman who she met to make a copy of his batman suit for her husband) and several more. If you ever saw Honey I Blew Up the Kid, when the kid is huge, the pants he is wearing, she made those! So yeh I have faith that she can do this. I’m just leary cause i tried dying a special occasion kind of dress back in the day that was pink and I wanted it burgandy and all it did was the seams and the zipper. That was all polyester so pretty much what you said MlleFabuleux. So yeh pretty much all I did was ruin it 🙁
Post # 5
I guess she cant dye it so were just trying to sell this red one now and were get a new one of the same dress in a dark teal