In late Spring, my sweetie and I are renewing our vows. 25 YEARS!!! I bought a used wedding dress because of the price...$75! When I bought it, it wasn't exactly what I had envisioned, but as a seamstress, the fabric yardage couldn't be beat for that price. Applique's, organza, tulle, satin.....they all get pricey when you are buying lot's of it.
The dress needed to be cleaned! But after calling and getting prices, I decided that $150 wasn't where I wanted to spend it at. So...I washed it in my washer!
It came out white as snow and in perfect condition. I lost a few seed pearls, but they weren't missed to the eye.
It originally had a zipper in it which made it too small to zip completely. So, I searched online how to make a corset and I ran across a company that sold them. Here's the link: Laceeis Corsets
It cost around $40 after shipping from Amazon and came in just a few short days (standard shipping).
This photo isn't very good, but shows after adding it. I laced it way too tight and it made the ribbon look awful. I ripped out the zipper first then sewed the corset pieces in and then tried the dress on for the very first time! Can you believe I bought a dress without being able to see if it fit?!
But....I still wasn't happy. I had wanted a pale pink dress! That's where the RIT Dye comes into play.
I bought the liquid, the powder and some color remover for just in case. I decided to use only half of the liquid in my bath tub.
Hannah and I were shocked at the bright red color! I added half the bottle and 1 cup of vinegar to hot water from the spigot.
Then we bit our lips and dropped the dress in. I wore gloves and had a paint stick, but then decided to just dive in and do it all by hand.
The pale pink started to show and I was beginning to become really happy!
This is it when I pulled it up out of the bath tub. It was so pretty!
I knew it would lighten up after I washed it in cold water.
And it did...it is slowly becoming my dream dress!
It is absolutely the prettiest shade of pale pink!
The corset definitely added the perfect touch to the back. I will begin transforming it even more now that it's the perfect color and fits!
Maybe this will help someone to get some ideas and how to save on your piggy bank!
Stay tuned for more updates as the months go by...I sure hope it turns out how I'm seeing it in my dreams!
So far, so good!