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Long Distance Bride
Devoted June 2017

Dyeing or painting a wedding dress

Long Distance Bride, on August 16, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Posted in Do It Yourself 49

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...

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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  • BoozyBaker
    Master January 2017
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    Would this work on tulle? With the spray maybe? If it was just a light 1 coat thing?

    This is super intriguing.

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  • Martins
    Super October 2016
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    I just wanted to stop in and say: That dress is gorgeous on you and is the perfect blank canvas. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  • Formal Pajamas
    Master November 2023
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    There's one called idye or something that's poly approved and works. It comes in little packets at joanns.

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  • Megglesleslye
    Super May 2016
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    I wanna see the finished project also!!

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  • #ItsBeardTime
    VIP March 2017
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    I agree with some of the other ladies. If you dye the dress, I hope you post pictures for all of us to see. Good luck.

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    You all are so sweet!!! I'll definitely post pictures when I'm done. I can't decide on a color- our wedding will be in a botanical garden, so really any color would probably be great! I think I'm leaning towards a pretty periwinkle blue or lavender, though. I'm planning on using the iDye for polyester.

    @BoozyBaker, I would guess that it would work on tulle, just depending on the fiber content, of course. If you did the spray, you may want to have a layer of garbage bag or newspaper to protect the lining from getting spotty. I imagine that would be super pretty, though!

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  • Kerry
    Expert June 2017
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    @Laura, I think this is the picture that you are referring to? You are right, it's from The Knot Summer edition. It was hand painted by artisans in Colombia. How do you even find someone like that?! I fell in love with this and while I am an artist I could never paint a dress. I considered dip dying though! Alex, I can't wait to see your creation!


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  • Sara
    Master April 2017
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    @jorocka for the win. That dress is awesome!

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  • AshleyR
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    Oooh I love this idea! You should dye your veil too! I'm obsessed with this one in rose gold...

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/246143497/gold-wedding-veil-silk-tulle-bridal-veil

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    Oh, I hadn't even thought about dyeing a veil! that's a fun idea!!! I'll have to tackle that once I finish the dress.

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  • Charity
    Super October 2016
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    OMG someone who got married at my venue did this, and her gown is to die for!!! Please do it and show us all!

    http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/06/09/diy-wedding-block-island-watercolored-gown/

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    Here are some of my thoughts so far... Which do you ladies like best?!


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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    .


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  • Joellemarie5
    Expert August 2017
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    The 2nd one!!!

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  • FutureMrs.Dyson
    Super December 2016
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    Second

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  • Jen D.
    VIP May 2017
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    OMG the second one!!

    OP, I'm so glad to see how amazing your drawings are. I'll be honest, there was definitely a part of me that was wondering if this was going to end in a Pinterest-fail, but seeing your concept drawings, omg you must must must post pics when it's done!!

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  • xray12280
    Master June 2017
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    @kerry YES! That is the dress I was thinking of! It is beautiful!

    ETa: I love the blue. But I think I like the second one better for a wedding.

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  • Lauren17
    Master July 2017
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    Love this dress. Sounds so unique please post pics if you do it.

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  • Long Distance Bride
    Devoted June 2017
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    One last idea for the running:


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  • JRo
    Super October 2016
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    Omg, they are all beautiful! I would buy any one of them just because!

    I do like #2 best for a wedding though.

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