Thursday, October 01, 2015

Refashion Fail

So I was hoping to have a great refashion to tell you about but instead I had my first refashion fail. Maybe you can learn from my mistake about what NOT to do!

So I have this cute vintage dress but the problem with it is that its the color of Kraft macaroni and cheese. Its ok but not exactly my thing. Here it is:

Has potential maybe?
I thought a dye job might be just the thing it needed. I tried navy blue. Well it didn't go so well for me. The lining took to the dye really well but the dress.... well let me show you what I ended up with:

Upside down and not looking so hot

It ended up with splotches of color and purple armpit spots. Yuck. So the only saving of this dress would be if anyone has a good Halloween costume idea for this! What do you think? Zombie? Doll? 

18 comments:

shellyrhds said...

They have color remover that they sell with the normal dye that is sold in the stores. I would try that if you are set on keeping the dress. It is an adorable little thing! You probably are dealing with a dress that has part polyester content. You will most likely need to buy a dye that is made to dye clothing with polyester in it in order to see good results. Sorry about your fail. :(

ETHEEA said...

you cut just use scraps from the dress in other refashions. The color is "unsavable". sorry :(

Sticky Genius said...

Throw some blood stains on there and I think that would make a great zombie costume! Sorry about the fail!

Sassygirl1985 said...

Can't you redye it? A darker color perhaps? Is the fabric polyester by chance, because if so, you will need a diff dye.

Lolo said...

Thanks for the ideas everyone! The dress fabric must be polyester or something. It has no tag so its hard to say (for me). It may become a zombie dress for a costume!

jennifer elliott said...

I vote for zombie costume! Refashion fails make me frustrated. Ugh! Hope you find a good use.

Jennifer Elliott, EOD

MsKat said...

Try picking a dye for synthetics I believe RIT makes one now as do other companies. Choose the color you used before. This should make the outside match the inside. Likely the lining and belt are nylon or acetate, or something else that takes regular dye, and the outside is likely polyester. A synthetic dye will take on that part if you want to save the dress. It's cute!

g.satansbraten said...

I'd go for more varied colour-blotches, yet for everyday use and not for 'costume-time' only.
Only problem: don't quite know how to go about this job (scratching my head).
Only thing I know: Poly-Dye comes here in 'little pots' not bigger in diameter than index-finger and thumb done to a loop and hence 'slightly cheaper' than the usual 'most-popular-supermarket-versions' of blacks and blues.
Purple (the 'armpit-desaster') as a sep. matching/tone-in-tone right dye for the right material ? Partially dipping it into blue and purple? Let the leftover nearly orig. colour shine through as 'base' ?
Anybody experience with the like?
'Paint' some bigger strokes of the purple and blue on and let dry on a covered ironing board to avoid soaking through from one side to the other? When rinsing afterwards doing this probably first very cold and FAST and still getting prepared to receive another hue whilst playing around with the colours? Different paintable colour anyway?
Well: backwards doesn't seem to be an option, hence how about fleeing forward and adding
a) more learning in the field for the future
b) perhaps getting coincidentally something useful along the way?

LG, Gerlinde

Paula said...

You could also try painting a design on with fabric paint. I wouldn't paint the whole dress, of course, but you could hide the uneven dye stains.

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therefashstash said...

I would totally go with a creepy doll for a Halloween costume! Sorry about your fail but making it a costume would totally undo the fail status for sure! Good luck!

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