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I've just dyed a pink dress blue but it's left bloody pink stitching!

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Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 05-Aug-14 20:06:58

Decided I didn't like the bright pink linen dress I bought myself so dyed it navy blue. Followed all the instructions, have dyed loads of stuff before. The dress label said 100% linen so I thought it'd be ok. But obviously the bloody stitching wasn't. It must have been polyester or something.

Have I ruined the dress? It's not that noticeable.

Is it going to look ridiculous?

r2d2ismyidealman Tue 05-Aug-14 20:08:37

Do you have a picture?

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 05-Aug-14 20:09:00

Coloured sharpie

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 05-Aug-14 20:09:46

Christ you can see it through the embroidery.


KristinaM Tue 05-Aug-14 20:13:13

Common dying problem

Thread is usually polyester , as you've found out the hard way

<helpful >

rootypig Tue 05-Aug-14 20:16:56


Orangeanddemons Tue 05-Aug-14 20:17:27

Re dye it with a dye suitable for polyester? I think that might work.

< I have to teach the science behind dyeing>

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 05-Aug-14 20:18:15

I could put some material behind the embroidery, that's the most obvious bit. <hopeful>

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 05-Aug-14 20:19:07

I didn't know you could get polyester dye. Would that work? Or yes a sharpie.

KristinaM Tue 05-Aug-14 21:34:59

The polyester dyes involve boiling the garment in a saucepan on the stove . After that , the cotton dress will fit a small child

KristinaM Tue 05-Aug-14 21:37:18

Can you tell I've had lots of dying disasters experience ?

goldvelvet Tue 05-Aug-14 21:38:59

I've used idye poly in the washing machine on a hot wash. It worked but it stinks! I mean smells like vile chemicals.

VeryLittleGravitasIndeed Tue 05-Aug-14 21:40:40

I've used iDye poly in the washing machine, it worked ok.

goldvelvet Tue 05-Aug-14 21:40:55

If you use a pan you can no long use it for cooking. You can try the machine i got mine dye from amazon and it was maybe £3 but if it was me I'd right it off and put it down to experience.

goldvelvet Tue 05-Aug-14 21:42:15

grr sorry tired and can't clearly form a sentence tonight sorry.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 05-Aug-14 22:14:56

Thanks anyway. Perhaps I'll try the machine then. Mind you dh regularly uses my big pan for boiling fish bait in so it's had a bashing already.

KillmeNow Tue 05-Aug-14 22:37:09

Well I would try a sharpie before chucking it. It can't hurt and it might work.
Or possibly put some material behind the lacy part and ignore the rest of the thread lines. As you say its barely noticeable .

nevergoogle Tue 05-Aug-14 22:39:45

Yup, polyester won't take the dye.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 05-Aug-14 22:58:35

I've ordered a sharpie pen and some idye from Amazon.

KristinaM Tue 05-Aug-14 23:39:29

Please report back OP

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 06-Aug-14 00:25:08

I will Kris smile. Either triumphantly or ruefully, I will let you know the glorious balls up outcome.

KristinaM Wed 06-Aug-14 10:21:47

Excellent smile

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Wed 06-Aug-14 13:06:55

I suffered this problem with some linen trousers. Trousers now bron stitching white. Lucky for me the stitching is neat and it's actually looks ok as they're summery trousers.
Sharpie didn't work for me

FabULouse Wed 06-Aug-14 14:35:18

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MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Sat 09-Aug-14 13:32:32

Possibly, although it might considerably add to the cost of the dress.

Don't think the Sharpie's working for me either. You can see in the stitching on the left. I've gone over it twice and it just shows through. Will have to wait and see if the polyester dye works. When it finally arrives.

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