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Seeking advice on how to save a dress 
21st-Feb-2013 12:55 pm
dressFor reference, this is the dress in the color way I am talking about


I recently purchased Starry Sky Mother Goose from Closet Child Japan, only to bring it home and find it had a small, brown stain on the back.
"No problem" I thought and I proceeded to clean it off with Forever New Stain remedy.
Of course things don't always go as planned. The dark black dye quickly began to merge with with the ivory and pink and now I'm stuck with blue tinged print on nearly the entire bottom back half of the dress.

* the photo looks WAY better than the print in real life. Here the color bleed isn't totally unsightly.

I've taken it to multiple cleaners who have all said nothing can be done and have even tried using an at home color run removed. Sadly, nothing has worked for me and I'm now stuck with a stained dress that I haven't even tried on.

*testing Carbona Color Run Remover. I placed it on a white towel after soaking it as instructed to see how much color would bleed.

I don't want to give up on the dress so I'm considering any options I might have left and have decided perhaps I'll alter the dress to remove the stained area and replace it with a bustle in a plain color

Here's where I need the advice of experienced lolitas who can coord like no one else.
Firstly, what do you say to my desperate attempt to make this disaster wearable? Do you think it will work and look good with this particular dress/print?

And, if I do go ahead and cut out the back to add a bustle, what color of fabric would you recommend?
21st-Feb-2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I have no advice on cleaning, but chiffon always makes a pretty bustle. :)
21st-Feb-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Agreed! Also I think it would look pretty if she added a chiffon bustle.
21st-Feb-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Seconding, an added chiffon bustle would look pretty!
21st-Feb-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
wow I don't think I've ever seen that before. That sounds fabulous.
Would you recommend using a black fabric or perhaps ivory for contrast?
21st-Feb-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
I think that adding a nice bustle in the back in navy blue color would look perfect with this dress. Sounds like a nice plan to me as long as it is done in a neat way.
21st-Feb-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
The dress is the black colorway, but it's blue-based black dye that dripped on the rest of the dress (I assume.)
21st-Feb-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
I see, I must have misread that. color bustle I guess then? xD
21st-Feb-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Would you happen to have a picture of the damage? If you could show us what happened to it I'm sure someone would have a good solution!
21st-Feb-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you. I just uploaded some photos
21st-Feb-2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
As others said before, I think a chiffon bustel could look really cute. Maybe you could even find some of the glittery dot chiffon brands sometimes use (like here: ) ? I think it matches the starry sky theme pretty well :)
You could also add a ruffled hem out of the same chiffon to tie it all together. I know nothing about garment making, but maybe it's even easier to make a cut the fabric out of the dress and always wear a bustled underskirt? This way you could also use the underskirt under other dresses to add some extra length ( if needed) or just to make them look more least I fall for nearly every dress with chiffon ruffles :)

In terms of color, I think black would work best. But I'm not a big fan of bustled backs (too fancy for my tastes, but of course they can look great) so I would try to keep it as simple as possible. But to make it more of a statement piece, you could choose another color from the print for the bustle...I'd suggest the pink, but white could work, too. I'm not a big fan of the brown in the print so I wouldn't chose that, though.

I hope you can save the dress and maybe show us some pictures afterwards :)
21st-Feb-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all your advice. I love the glitter dot chiffon idea.
21st-Feb-2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh no! :C
I think that if you're going to go the bustle route, a star-printed black chiffon would tie in amazingly. I mean, you might as well push the boat out! XD
Maybe something along these lines?

Best of luck! :)
22nd-Feb-2013 02:04 am (UTC)
I agree that a black tiered chiffon bustle would look nice, especially if you put a black chiffon ruffle on the inside bottom hem of the whole thing (or just make it as a skirt) but just to add another option for the sake of having choices, you could do a sheer, black chiffon overlay at the skirt that covers the back and is open at the front kinda like these, only with the top part being black chiffon and the under part being your dres:

The overlay should make what you see through it blurry enough, and black tinted enough that no one will be able to tell it bled. I'd personally lean towards the atelier-pierrot style of using lots of fabric with a ruffle and a few pined spots (still make sure the whole damaged area is covered) over using less fabric and just covering it.

That said, jumping back to the other idea, if you go the route of cutting a chunk out, you should totally make a headbow or something out of what fabric you can salvage!
22nd-Feb-2013 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh i see. I suppose for now I'll collect a ton of reference photos and then take them to a seamstress to see what she can do for me.

Thank you for all your spectacular ideas!!
22nd-Feb-2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
I was going to link some examples as a response to my original post, but I had a feeling you'd beat me to it! haha ;D
22nd-Feb-2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
I was just looking for something with an overlay layer in the back to explain what I meant. XD There are probably better pictures for a tiered chiffon bustle... but here is a cut out one on a skirt I own that is made of a soft dot tulle, and a tiered chiffon dress just off the top of my head. XD
22nd-Feb-2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
I think I found a few overlay dresses like you were talking about

AP's Gloria with chiffon overlay

Meta's Moonlight Night has something similar

22nd-Feb-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
More like Meta's moonlight, yeah. Gloria just went all the way around straight and flat, which was kinda meh looking IMHO.
22nd-Feb-2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Have you tried washing it a few times with some oxi clean and color catcher sheets? I had a black/white dress and the black ran and turned all the white pink. No dry cleaner said they could help me, but I read about people using oxi clean and color catcher sheets. I tried that and after 4 washes the pink was totally gone.
22nd-Feb-2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm really scared to ruin the entire dress by placing it in the wash. I did try a color run remover but that didn't work at all.
22nd-Feb-2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
TBH, given what I've seen with BTSSB's dry-clean only prints, I'm pretty sure washing it with color catchers would ruin it. They are great for mostly colorfast items that bleed a little "excess" dye, but they aren't made to protect items that aren't colorfast.

That said, I went to check if it was dry clean only on the washing list (I'm assuming it is) and I noticed a couple of the listings had things they had tried to fix the bleeding. Notably, one person too a black AatP black cat and apple tree dress to be drycleaned and it lifted the bleeding. Dunno if that would work or not in this case.
22nd-Feb-2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Dylon haves a good product to for when colors bleeding. I'm not shur how it calls again.
There was a girl here on egl en she used it on her btssb skirt and it was gone after she using it.
22nd-Feb-2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
I would try this before attempting to alter it. The girl, if I remember correctly, had a red print that ran into the rest of the white skirt and turned it pink. After she washed her skirt with the product the fabric was back to being pink! it was amazing.

I'm not sure if it'll work with black as it tends to be a "firmer" dye than red, but it's worth a try!
22nd-Feb-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)

This girl had wonderful results. I did initially purchase the same product online however it was lost in the mail and stupid me, rather than repurchase it, I bought the US equivalent of it (Carbona Color Run Remover) which didn't work at all.
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