Ok so the original title of this post was “I dyed and went to blue heaven” which I thought was real punny. But then, I tried on the actual dress, and realized that I am so not in heaven. I love the color, but I am so mad at myself because I shrunk the dress.
I bought this dress in 2010 for my wedding to Mr. Lucky. I wanted something relatively simple, short, and close. I found this dress at Macy’s and got it for a great price.
I don’t think white is a particularly flattering color on me since I’m so pale. Thanks to inspiration all over blog land I thought I could dye the dress so that I could re-wear it. I wanted a color that I knew looked good on me- any of the jewel tones or a blue. I found Bahama Blue by Dylon at JoAnn’s.
The reason I went with this brand is because it said it could work on polyester blends. My dress was mostly polyester, and the package said it could come out lighter. I bought two packets and crossed my fingers. I don’t have any pics of the process, but it was fairly straightforward and messy. I used an old cat litter bucket (very thoroughly washed out), and followed the directions on the packet. After lifting it out I decided to put it back in for a bit longer (and unfortunately I don’t remember how long).
I rinsed the dress, and tried to ring it out as gingerly as I could. I set it through a cycle of cold water in the washing machine, and when it came out it was soaking. I tried air drying it for a while, but ended up getting a HUGE pile of water on the floor. I couldn’t take it, and stuck it in the dryer on the lowest setting for a looooong time.
So the good news is, it pretty much worked. The dye stuck to the poly blends, and there are just a few tiny spots where the color is uneven. I don’t think it’s noticeable however, because of the pattern and layering of the dress. The bad news is I shrunk it. Just a bit too much for me to actually wear it. Mr. (un)Lucky said that maybe I had gained some weight since the wedding… how sensitive. I know for a fact I weigh the same, I’m no more than three pounds heavier. So… I’m not feeling so lucky at the moment. I ruined this dress for myself to wear again. I think I’ll give it to Goodwill and hopefully someone smaller than me (about a size 4 or 6) could have some fun in it.
In this picture it looks OK but it doesn’t close all the way in the back. Lesson learned- when something is made out a coupe types of poly and and it says Dry Clean Only, maybe I shouldn’t try washing it…
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