a wedding season dilemma- help!

well wedding season is certainly upon us, both in life and in this year. one wedding each in march, april, may and 2 in june. it's wonderful, fun and EXPENSIVE! plane tickets, shower gifts, dresses, wedding gifts, etc. gifts i can handle- lately i've been making everything myself (more on that in an upcoming post) but what's a girl to do when she's worn the same 3 dresses to the last 2 years worth of weddings?? luckily the wedding in march was with a bunch of people who didn't know me until after i got married - so i snagged a dress from my maid of honor and wore what my bridesmaids wore! i've always loved the dress & finally got to wear it myself! 

buuuut the wedding this weekend is an important one- brandon's best friend- and i can't get away with repeating the same dress for the 4th time! brandon is in the wedding and his dad is performing the ceremony so i'm feeling like i need to step it up. i've had my eye on a dress for a few months but funds have been limited so i've just looked at it. 

since i'm down to a week til the wedding i stopped by the store on monday just to check the price. i almost died. the dress was 80% off and marked down to....are you ready? THIRTEEN DOLLARS!! that never happens. never. and if it does they certainly don't have a size 2 left (i know, i know, poor me and my search for a size 2). soooo i snatched the dress, bought it and raced home. i warned brandon on the way home that i had spent money so that he wouldn't make that face when i walked in the door with a shopping bag. he still made the face...until i tried the dress on.  it's a hit all around!

but now i have a dilemma. i'm feeling like the dress might be a little too white to wear to a wedding (it's definitely ivory- but still). i have 3 days to decide what to do and a little voice inside of me says "dye it! dye it!". that can't be smart, but sounds so exciting.i'm not even really sure how that would work. i've dyed things before, but never something like this and beyond rit dye and my washing machine i have no clue what to do. the crazy girl inside me says try it and then if its a miserable failure go buy another $13 dress. should i do it? if so what color? (i'm leaning green of course)

opinions would be GREATLY appreciated!


  1. HAHAHAHA! I love you. Um, yes... dye it, duh. 13 bucks?!!! What do you have to lose? In addition, you are Crafty McGee so if you can't do it, no one can. Also, you simply CANNOT wear white to a wedding. Esp. if the guests are expecting the second-over before even arriving. As for green... I do worry that you'll have trouble getting the right shade. What kind of material is the dress? Do you have something similar in color and textile to use as a test run? I'd air on the side of liiiiiight to start. Not too I'm-a-lime though.

    I love you, Fattie,


  2. I say go for it. $13 is definitely worth expanding the crafty repertoire. :o) I agree that green would be lovely. And it's a color that is appropriate for every season. But it may be tricky to get the right shade. I think a test run would be an excellent idea if there is any spare scrap of fabric on the dress (i.e. an especially large hem or something.) Let us know how it turns out!!

  3. ohhh fattie how i love thee! i was searchthing the rit dye website (i keep almost writing die) and they have a color maker thing where they give you the recipe to make certain colors. i found a few i think would be okay. lightish yellowish green kinda. not an apple or a lime.

    problem is the dress. i have no way to try it and no fabric at all like it...it calls itself a cotton/poly blend or "satin".

    also what will happen to the black? also why did i wait until 3 days before the wedding and 1 day before i fly out there to decide this??

  4. so rit dye claims all i do is follow their recipes and i will get exactly the color they show. but i'm supposed to weigh the article of clothing to determine what to multiply the recipe by and then only fill my washing machine to a specific level. this is sounding trickier than anticipated! (especially since our washer hasn't been spinning clothes lately) maybe i can wait until i get to california and use my mother in laws washer? hmmm...

    good idea about the hem robin- i'll check when i get home. if the scrap works well and i can be sure there's a second version of the dress somewhere (just in case it's mangled) i think i'll just go for it!


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