Dyeing A Triacetate/Polester Dress

Hi Jennifer,
I’m sure you’ve answered dozens of these questions. I have finally found a bridesmaid dress. I’d like to dye it if possible, but I’m unsure whether I can and if so, where to get it done. The dress is 75% triacetate and 25% polyester. Any help you could give would be great!

Dear Amy,
Sorry, you cannot dye polyester or acetate. Dyeing works best on natural fabrics, such as linen, cotton, silk, and rayon. I know, I know, someone dyes polyester and so forth – but they do it at the factory, using very intense, potentially toxic chemicals, in a controlled situation, before the garment is constructed.
Here’s an option: take a picture or make a sketch of the dress you like. Find the fabric in a color you like – or have a piece of silk dyed to your color. Take the whole thing to a dressmaker and have them make the dress. Many seamstresses specialize in making gowns from your sketch.
Have fun, enjoy the creative process, have a great wedding!

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