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

posted 6 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 # 16
    1848 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Just wanted to add that you should ask them to give you any lace that’s cut off.  You can definitely use that to embellish tops, skirts, dresses in the future.  You can use any amount of it to applique onto other items, so it’s not like you need a whole yard or anything.  That way it doesn’t just have to be “wasted.”

    Post # 18
    1542 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Shkragoldfish:  I think your dress would look amazing with black lace and grey undershell.

    Post # 19
    1848 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Shkragoldfish:  Oh, ok!  You might have already made a decision on this, but I wanted to clarify what I meant!

    As far as the ruffle comment, I just meant I wouldn’t add ruffles, like there are in some of the pictures you posted.  You could have had the seamstress shorten it by cutting and reattaching the lace part into multiple ruffles, and I’m just saying I wouldn’t recommend that.  But that probably wasn’t what you were considering anyway!

    As far as using the bottom lace, I meant that the seamstress could cut away the lace on the bottom of the dress, since it’s more intricate, and reattach it to wherever you cut it off higher up.  Does that make sense?

    Post # 20
    774 posts
    Busy bee

    Shkragoldfish:  Hey, did you end up making any of these changes to your dress? I would love to see how it all came out (particularly the dye) if you did!

    Post # 21
    1095 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    I honestly love the second picture you posted, of the lady twirling.

    I know you like the bottom, but cutting at the knee and adding light tulle to make a ruffly train would be fun.

    Post # 22
    3 posts

    Lavender28:  I have the same dress & am considering dying it black (knowing it’ll turn out gunmetal grey or purplish)  Did you do it?   Do you have photos?

    Post # 23
    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I voted purple/lavender but I really think you should try for a really deep plum. I think that would look phenomenal as a formal gown. 

    Don’t save the train. To me the train is what screams ‘bridal’!

    I would also see about maybe removing some of whatever is making it poof at the bottom (crinoline?) so that it’s a more flowy dress, less volume. 

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