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I’ve had a bit of a fashion disaster with one of my most recent creations. I wrote about it a bit more extensively here but in short, the dress I recently made has what looks like bleach marks all over it, and they’re very noticeable.

I’m really at a loss as to what I should do. The dress hasn’t come into contact with bleach as far as I’m aware, so whether or not they actually are bleach marks I don’t know. But if anyone has any advice, I’d greatly appreciate it! What should I do?


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    Jul 30, 2011, 01.50 PMby sewingqueen-1

    It certainly looks like whatever got splashed on it has lifted some of the colour. You can dye the dress, but you’ll need to remove all the colour first, otherwise it won’t dye evenly. You can buy a colour remover the same place you would buy the fabric dye. You need to gently simmer the garment in the solution until the colour comes out. Then you can safely re-dye it.

    It takes time and can be a bit tedious, but I have had good results. Good Luck!

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    Aug 2, 2011, 08.27 PMby jenss-1

    As for a fix, I tend to agree with sewingqueen-1 and remove the color first. If the dress isn’t cotton though, I’d do a little research on dye methods beforehand.

    The original problem may not be bleach. I’ve had similar experiences with bluish-purplish colored fabric, including store-bought items. I suspect that certain dye colors are fragile and may react to ordinary substances—perspiration for example. Although something like residue from cleaning product on a countertop, chair, wall, etc., could do it too. Good luck!

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    Aug 2, 2011, 09.27 PMby lenarrrd

    Thank you so much to both of you – I’d already looked into this method, and having you guys basically confirm this has been a great help.

    I may have to leave this one until I have a day to experiment with it! The fabric is combed cotton, so it should work well with the dye. I’ll be sure to update you on what happens!

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      Aug 4, 2011, 02.50 PMby katexxxxxx

      You shouldn’t have to simmer the fabric. There are machine dye removers and dyes that work very well. Dylon does a nice range.

      It could easily be wine or fruit juice that did that, especially anything with citrus juice (lemon, orange, grapefruit… ).

  • Manneqin_large

    Aug 5, 2011, 04.45 AMby japconst

    Another possible “easy fix” would be this – get a bleach pen and draw patterns around the whole garment, since it appeared that the bleach marks are all over. You know what they say, “if you cannot beat them, join the!” :D

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    Aug 6, 2011, 09.11 AMby josephina

    I’ve had this happen to towels and other items because of undissolved powder detergent. I know better but sometimes I’m in a hurry….

    I’ve found Dylon dye removers work very well, particularly on natural fabrics.

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