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How to Dye A Dress

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By Connie

My Laundry Question

I have a dress that is 72% polyester, 24% rayon and 4% spandex. Washing instructions say hand wash in cold water, line dry and use lowest setting on iron as needed. Can I dye this another color? It is currently ivory in color and I would prefer a darker color like a brown. If I cannot dye this, do you have any suggestions on how I could change the color, i.e. soak in say strong coffee?

Share a Little Background Info

Looking for the perfect mother of the groom dress. Found it, but it is ivory in color. Would love to dye it so I can wear it for the wedding.

The dress also has a jacket that has a lace type fabric that I believe is made from the same material.

Lessons Learned

  • Do not want to ruin the dress by using dye and completely ruining it.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

You can dye this dress but you cannot dye it a really dark, solid color. The different fibers in the dress will absorb the commercial dye at different rates. Your dress will have more of a heather look rather than solid.

If you'd prefer to use natural dyes, I have a great reference on how to make every color of the rainbow.

Good luck!

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