How to Fix My Dress?

Dress
@redurnet (1690)
United Kingdom
February 7, 2017 5:49am CST
I bought a dress last week at a second hand shop. It is a bright cerise colour with white polka dots and white stitching. When I've had a good look at it I see the pink dye has run into some of the dots. Is there any way to fix this or is it a lost cause? I was thinking about maybe putting a lighter pink dye over the whole thing and possibly disguising the dye run but I have no idea if this would even work. Does anyone on My Lot have any experience with this sort of thing? I should say I have already tried soaking the dress for half an hour and then washing in the machine and it is the same. Any help would be much appreciated.
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@celticeagle (121068)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Feb 17
I don't think there is much you can do unless you can find a color that you could dye the entire dress to cover the pink spots. But I don't think you can. Sorry!
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
Thank you for your help.
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@celticeagle (121068)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Feb 17
@redurnet .....Wish there were options.
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• United States
7 Feb 17
what kind of fabric is it?you might be able to do a dye over.. if it's cotton,you could try a color fast bleach and lessen it..
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
Thank you for this advice!
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@JudyEv (141602)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb 17
I think it's a lost cause. Have you thought of painting the white dots with fabric paint? Years ago I had Hobbytex paints which were something similar.
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
Thanks, no, I had not thought of that. I'll try anything as I really like the dress.
@Kandae11 (40338)
7 Feb 17
I do fabric painting as well, do you mean painting the dots with white fabric paint?
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@JudyEv (141602)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb 17
@Kandae11 Yes but I have no idea if it would work or not.
@atoz1to10 (6817)
• Australia
7 Feb 17
It's going to be easier for us to give you our ideas/opinions if we can see the dress. I can't really visualise what it looks like..
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
I have put a picture of the top of the dress now. On some dots the colour is just seeping a tiny bit and it's not that noticeable but there are a couple of more dramatic runs on a few dots.
@atoz1to10 (6817)
• Australia
7 Feb 17
@redurnet Thanks for putting up the picture of the dress. If I were you, I would buy the glitter glue and glue each white dot with glitter. (Glitter can be either white or pink).. I know it will take alot of your time but you will be the only one who has that dress... Hope my idea is a good one..
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
@atoz1to10 That is an interesting idea, it would be fairly eye catching!
@TheSojourner (17291)
• United States
7 Feb 17
I think once it's run into the rest of the fabric there's not a whole lot you can do. I think that dyeing it you're still going to end up with the darker spots and runs looking a little darker than the overall dress. But I don't know. I will be interested in hearing it from other folks on this site and their experience with it.
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
Thanks, I did wonder if the runs would always be visible, even if I tried colouring them with dye. I didn't want to spend or waste more money buying a dye if this was going to be the case.
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• United States
7 Feb 17
When I have had a stain on clothing and I tried to dye it the stain remained in fact it looked worse because it stood out more
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
8 Feb 17
@CoralLevang Thanks, this is good to know, I think the dye run would still be darker than the spots in that case.
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@pureme (1477)
7 Feb 17
sorry for that, but the dress still look nice?
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
Thanks, I suppose the damage is not so noticeable from a distance.
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@pureme (1477)
7 Feb 17
@redurnet yes, I think so
@Morleyhunt (19299)
• Canada
12 Feb 17
You could try washing it with a colour catcher. That might help.
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 17
I just bought some colour catcher sheets the other day so I'll give that a go, thanks!
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@Corbin5 (122985)
• United States
7 Feb 17
Well, since dye is inexpensive, I think your idea of using the dye to cover the spots would be worth a try.
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
It is worth a try. I have never used a fabric dye before so I don't know how results usually turn out.
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• United States
7 Feb 17
I'm of no help about solving your problem of the dye running into the dots. It's a pretty dress regardless
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
Thank you, I thought it was a cute dress for the summer.
@Kandae11 (40338)
7 Feb 17
I don't know if there are experts out there but in my humble opinion , you won't get back those polka dots, and if you try the lighter pink, what if the cerise runs again? I suggest you dye the whole dress in cerise.
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@redurnet (1690)
• United Kingdom
7 Feb 17
That would be a good idea.