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I have a vintage white dress that I want to dye lavender. It’s very ornate, with pearls and beading on the whole thing. 57% cotton, 43% acetate. So, if I dye it, will it also dye the pearls and beads? Is there a certain type of dye I should use? Or should I not dye at all?

Please help out; I don’t know what I’m doing!


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    Jun 20, 2012, 10.33 PMby katexxxxxx

    I would strongly advise against dying anything vintage, especially embellished as you describe. It’s hard to get acetate to take a dye withou’t boiling it (because of the type of dye you need to use), and you DO NOT want to do that with anything as delicate as this sounds!

    Quite apart from that, you have no idea what the pearls and beads are mad from, so have no idea what would happen to all the embellishments.

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      Jun 21, 2012, 02.41 AMby alicerain

      Thanks. I don’t want to hurt it, so I will probably just leave it white.

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    Aug 3, 2012, 09.45 AMby michaelG4369

    Vintage dying , can cause damage, so wont try that.

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