Rewearing my dress – what color to dye it and how much to cut off the bottom?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What color should I get swatched for dyeing my dress?
    grey/black : (45 votes)
    52 %
    red/blush : (14 votes)
    16 %
    purple/lavender : (20 votes)
    23 %
    yellow : (0 votes)
    taupe : (6 votes)
    7 %
    other (explained below) : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
    559 posts
    Busy bee

    Shkragoldfish:  cut it up to the knee, or get rid of the whole lacy bottom.

    Even if you get rid of the whole bottom, you could sew on another fabric and get the new fabric to hang like in the Kim pic.

    If there is an option of taking off the top lace layer of the dress and sewing it back on, you could dip that lace in one color and the underlay in another – like the nude/black trend.

    Or the whole thing just black, or possibly some kind of metal colors like bronze. I’d stay away from brighter bridesmaid type colors.

    Post # 3
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Is that Enzoani Dakota? I wore that in black, and I will tell you that it does look very beautiful in that color. I also think a color like black makes it more neutral, so that you could wear it more often.

    Post # 4
    325 posts
    Helper bee

    Shkragoldfish:  Yeah, I’d go with something edgy in color to contrast with the very feminine detail… So… Black or red would totally be my pick. Most likely black, because I find it more versatile. 

    As for length… I personally would have had it cut and hemmed all the way to where it starts to flare out… Looks to hit just above your knee. Which is not an option you gave. It would make it a lot sexier, while still being a little more casual and wearable, IMO.

    If you are opposed to trimming that much off, I wouldn’t alter the shape at all. I’m not a fan of the idea of altering your beautiful wedding gown into such a trendy style as the mad-men one you are thinking about. Def go with something a little more timeless.

    Post # 6
    559 posts
    Busy bee

    Shkragoldfish:  Wow it sounds quite complicated. Perhaps risky too as the color is going to be a very dilute version of any bold color, from what you say.

    Why not just take a bit off the bottom and teem your dress with a nice contrasting short jacket with shortish sleeves that you keep on so it won’t look like a wedding dress?

    Or go edgy and just dip-dye the bottom of the skirt in a pinkish nude

    Post # 9
    1547 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Just cut the train off, it’s too beautiful to make it shorter!!! I think black could be a great color.

    Post # 10
    2122 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I have to be honest, cutting off just the train may not prevent it from looking like a wedding dress. Maybe if you pick a darker color it will help. Any of the lighter colors, especially blush which is popular right now, will not make it look less like a wedding dress. I am assuming the dress on top is your wedding dress. If it were shorter it would look a lot less like a wedding dress. I plan to wear my wedding dress again, but I picked one that is less traditional for part of this reason. It is believable as a fancy dress, but not necessarily a wedding dress. I would not wear your dress to another wedding, if you do keep the bottom of it the same. 




    Post # 11
    78 posts
    Worker bee

    woww i love it

    Post # 12
    2635 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Shkragoldfish:  this is great because I picked out the style my wedding dress with the intention of colouring it…so it’s great to see another bee taking the step. 

    You know cutting it tea legnth will work, but only with a good seamstress. Why don’t you get it dyed first to see what it looks like long before deciding on floor or tea length. 

    As for colour, I guess the question here will be is if you have other formal dresses already, and what colour are they? 

    For myself I have a few dark coloured ones, so I would pick a colour I don’t have. I do like the lavender idea, in the right shade it would look great! I would do black only if you do not have any black dresses already. Maybe you can get someone with photoshop skills to generate pics o the dress in different colours.

    Post # 14
    1717 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    You’re concerned about the different parts of the dress picking up color differently, but I don’t think that would be a bad thing.  The dyed grey dress you posted looks like the lace was dyed darker on purpose.  It lets you see the detail of the lace better.  Your wedding dress probably has a lower percentage of synthetic materials (probably a blend more than a straight synthetic) than that lace one.  I would do purple, because a slightly lighter purple with dark purple sounds better to me than trying to make it red and having some be pinker. 

    As far as making it shorter, I would personally cut it off before the mermaid and wear it as a cocktail dress.  I don’t know how flattering a mermaid tea length dress is.  I think it makes even Kim K look a little stumpy.  But, since you are going to keep the lace at the bottom, I would probably just do one ruffle layer, using the bottom edge of your dress so you keep that border lace, keeping that part around 6 inches or so.  I can’t tell where your knees are in the dress, but I’d stick to around knee length for it to be more versatile and wearable.  But, I don’t personally go to any black tie events so I have no need for one.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  Lavender28.
    Post # 15
    3277 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I love the different colored material in the pic above where the lace is darked than underneath, that looks soo good! The gunmetal however does not look good.

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