Will My Silk Dress Shrink If I Dye It?

I was just wondering… if I dye a vintage silk dress that I have, will it shrink?

Dear Bethel,
The answer is probably yes. Silk shrinks in the warm water dyeing process. How much depends on the kind of silk, whether it has been previously washed, etc. Dyeing is always an experiment, so if you want to try it, you could see how it comes out. I have dyed many vintage items with success, but I never know exactly what is going to happen!!

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