Coloring a Cocktail Dress

dressI have a Monique Lhuillier cocktail dress. It is ivory and I would like to dye it black so I can wear it again. It has a silk lining and the lace is like wedding dress lace. the dress was $1800. I would love to be able to wear it this fall in our hot Louisiana climate. I can send it off if you think I will mess it up. please let me know. Your website was so helpful. the lace is 97% cotton 3% nylon and the lining is 85% lycra 15% silk. what do you think? Sincerely

Dear Sarah,
You can consult with Sherry at www.fabricdyeing.com, or another professional dye house at www.dyeproservices.com. I live in the hot, humid south too and I myself would wear the ivory May-Sept, maybe into October with a fallish-colored wrap. But please yourself! Keep in mind that black is a hard color to get, and if it’s really 85% lycra (rather than the reverse, 85% silk, 15% lycra), the lining will probably not take the dye so well.
good luck,

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