Orange You Glad I Dyed This Dress?

A few days ago, I was reading a post on Young House Love about dying slipcovers. Reading it reminded me that I had a white cotton dress I’ve been meaning to dye. The success of their project was inspiring, so I picked up a box of RIT and got to work.

I bought the dress from Winners a few years ago, but I never wear it. Every time I try, I manage to spill something, or rub up against something dirty before leaving the house. Eventually, I gave up on it. I’m just not the kind of girl who can wear white dresses. Heck, I didn’t even get married in white. I wore pink and still managed to get lip-gloss smudged on it 5 minutes before the ceremony (thankfully, someone had one of those stain remover pens handy).

This is why I can’t have nice things.


Choosing a colour was the hardest part of this project. I considered pink, but I already have a lot of pink in my wardrobe. I also looked at teal and purple, but finally settled on orange because it’s a colour I like, but it isn’t well represented in my closet.

One thing to keep in mind if you’re trying this at home, is that dye works tends to work best on natural fibres. While your garment might be 100% cotton, the thread holding it together, might not be. Since this dress has a pretty floral embroidery pattern on the hem, I was actually looking forward to the contrast with the stitching.

I was a bit horrified when I removed it from the dye bath. It was really, really, really orange – like fluorescent traffic cone orange. I expected sunshine orange to be a vibrant colour, but this was too much. Of course, it was still wet, so I hung it up to dry overnight, hoping that when it dried, it would be less obnoxious.

Even dry, it’s still very bright.

So, what do you think?

Does it make me look like a frilly prison inmate, or could I get away with it?

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2 Comments

  1. You can totally get away with it! It looks great! I love how the details at the bottom didn’t take the dye completely. And hey, it’ll fade after a few washes!

    ps- LOVE that you wore pink on your wedding day!

  2. i totally agree with lara – it looks great! i think the flowers on the bottom and the belt help tone the orange down and you should rock it all summer long!

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