1 White Lace Dress, Many Different Looks

June 3 2014

This project started with a simple white lace dress that was dyed many colors throughout the year. Learn how to dye a dress, remove the color and then re-dye the same dress a new color. Repeat this process all over again for endless color possibilities.

  • Rit All-Purpose Dye
  • Rit Color Remover
  • Measuring Cup
  • Large Metal Spoon
  • Plastic Container or Stainless Steel Sink
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Salt
  • Dishwashing Liquid
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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.
  3. The dress was pre-dyed using our All-Purpose dye.
  4. To start the process of removing the existing color, pre-wash the fabric in warm, soapy water.
  5. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water for the fabric to move freely. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or 180 F°).
  6. When water begins to simmer, add Color Remover and mix well.
  7. Keep temperature at a low simmer.
  8. Add the pre-washed item to the bath.
  9. Stir occasionally. Some fabrics will lose their color in as fast as 10 minutes, others can take up to 20 minutes. Once your garment turns white or off-white, you can remove it from the bath.
  10. Rinse in warm water and then gradually cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  11. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  12. Item is now ready to be dyed.
  13. Use the following steps to dye the dress a new color
Sunshine Orange
Sunshine Orange
Kelly Green
Kelly Green
Original White Color
Original White Color
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