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Dyeing or painting a wedding dress

Long Distance Bride, on August 16, 2016 at 10:33 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 49
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Hi all! I'd like to dye or hand paint my wedding dress for the big day. I found a great "blank canvas" for next to nothing(not terribly concerned if it doesn't turn out- I have back up options), and I'd love to give it some personality. I have lots of experience painting pictures, and at home dye jobs for things like sun dresses, but have never done something this big! It's a polyester fabric, and the back has a small train. Any tips, tricks or inspiration would be lovely!


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Latest activity by Will & Tiara, on February 23, 2018 at 10:49 PM
  • BeachDreams
    Master May 2017
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    I would suggest getting test pieces of fabric, especially if this isn't fabric you are familiar with dyeing.

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  • CatBones
    Expert July 2020
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    I have no advice to offer, I just wanted to tell you I really like that dress.

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
    Long Distance Bride ·
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    Thanks to both of you! Smiley smile

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  • FutureMrs.Dyson
    Super December 2016
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    Google and Pinterest might be your friend for this.

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  • JoRocka
    Master September 2016
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    OMG someone did this- it was amazing. let me google

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  • JoRocka
    Master September 2016
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    Http://www.instructables.com/id/Handpainted-Upcycled-Wedding-Dress/

    found it!

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    Wow! That is gorgeous!! Thanks for the link!!

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  • BeachDreams
    Master May 2017
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    That dress is gorgeous Jo!!!!

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  • Britti
    VIP May 2016
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    I have no advice, but please share pictures if you do it. It sounds like it can turn out really cool and unique!

    ETA: Jo- that dress is amazing!

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    Britti, I definitely will!

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  • xray12280
    Master June 2017
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    I saw a beautiful hand painted dress with a blue floral print it was in a bridal magazine, the knot maybe? I'll look through it and see if I can find it,

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  • Britti
    VIP May 2016
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    There are so many pretty designs!


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  • Britti
    VIP May 2016
    Britti ·
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    I seriously love this idea.

    Ok... I'll stop spamming your thread!


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  • Melissa
    Super June 2018
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    Jo that is amazing. OP, do it!!

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
    Long Distance Bride ·
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    Britti, spam away. Those are gorgeous!! Laura I can't wait to see it! Melissa, I totally will! Smiley laugh

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  • xray12280
    Master June 2017
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    I think it's in one of the magazines I left at work.

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
    Long Distance Bride ·
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    Ah no worries, but I'll start checking magazines for some creative inspiration! Perhaps I'll come across it!

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  • BecomingKrueger
    Master March 2017
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    Ugh I'm so in love with that dress.

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  • MNA
    Master April 2018
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    You could probably use fabric paint on it, but it will leave the material stiff, unless you use the fabric spraypaint, which after a couple of coats, will also get really stiff.

    Dye isn't going to work on a polyester dress, unfortunately. Polyester is made of plastic fibers, and therefore nonporous, and dye won't stick to it. You *might* be able to get a light color wash, but it *will* bleed the color onto your skin if you sweat, and it will waterspot if it gets wet at all from anything: bubbles, dew, damp ground, splashed water, dripped condensation from a drink, etc.

    The dress with the blue dyed panel was, from the look of it, likely a silk gown, which is why they were able to dye the panel.

    Good luck if you give it a shot!

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    Yeah, the polyester bit is slightly concerning, but I've found a dye specifically made for polyester and it seems to have pretty good reviews. Fingers crossed!!

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