Gothic Bride Halloween Costume

October 7 2019

A gothic child bride in red is sure to give you chills this Halloween. Our friend, Karla Davis, came up with the brilliant idea to ‘ressurect’ a child’s vintage communion dress to create this costume. Since the dress was made with acetate, she used our dye for synthetics, Rit DyeMore. It was so easy to create and accessorize and will certainly make a big statement!


  • Rit DyeMore: Racing Red
  • Child's White Communion Dress
  • Stainless Steel Pot + Stovetop
  • Measuring Cup
  • Metal Tongs
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
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  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Prewash dress to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  3. Fill a large stainless-steel pot with 3 gallons of water.
  4. Cover pot and heat until almost boiling. Water temperature should ideally be 200°F or greater.
  5. When water begins to simmer, add 1/2 cup Rit DyeMore in Racing Red. Shake bottle before pouring. Stir well.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  7. Test dye color by dipping paper towel in the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.
  8. Wearing rubber gloves, use the metal tongs to lower the dress into the dyebath. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  9. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  10. Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.
  11. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  12. Once dry, accessorize with washed out makeup, a black wig and black veil!
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