Re-Dyeing Silk Bridesmaid Dress

Dear Jennifer,
I was in a wedding and the bridesmaid’s dress was a rose pink silk shantung. I was wondering if it would be possible for me to have the dress dyed navy or black so I would actually wear it again. Does this type of fabric take re-dyeing well? If so, are there places that would professionally re-dye it for me? Please advise me as I would like to be able to wear the dress more than the one time I wore it for the wedding.

Dear Jessica,
Since your dress is silk, and not an impossibly dark color, you might be able to move it to navy or dark blue. Factors to consider are the trims, embellishments, and thread/zipper. These may or may not take the dye (thread and zipper will definitely not take the dye). Also the fit of the dress. Silk shantung will shrink in the dyeing, which is a warm-water based process. Consult with Sherry at www.fabricdyeing.com. She’s the one if anyone can do it.
I am getting a lot of these bridesmaids’ questions now that it’s July.
good luck,

One Response to “Re-Dyeing Silk Bridesmaid Dress”

  1. Meredith says:

    Hi there :) I’ve got a question about silk/cotton blend – Perhaps I should have read this first! I’m in the process of dyeing a purple silk/cotton blend dress, red, in the laundry tub in hot water… if I’m unhappy with the colour, is it possible to re-dye it black? Does the fabric absorb more colour, after the fact? Warm regards, Meredith