Lemme back up.
Remember the Ikea linen dress, that once was gray, got renovated, and then dyed purple?
I wore it to Crown Tournament a few weeks ago, and on the way home from the event, my friends and I stopped Waffle House (a longtime road trip tradition of mine). They had just mopped the bathrooms. Raise your hand if you already know where this is going.
I thought I got my dress off the bathroom floor in time; I grabbed it the second I smelled bleach...but it was too late. When I got home I realized that nearly the entire hemline, and some of the front of the skirt were covered in huge, white blotches.
I considered spot-dyeing it, but I didn't want to end up with patches along the bottom that were dyed differently, or overlapped, or what have you. So I opted to lighten the dress and re-dye the whole thing. Since this purple was achieved with plain ol' Rit dye, I thought I'd give Rit's Color Remover a whirl, since I'd never used it before. I barely worked. When I dyed the dress purple originally, I had to do it twice, because the first time, it came out all blotchy. The color remover, it seems, removed only the top layer of dye - the dress was back to being blotchy purple again. Sigh.
So I bleached the crap out of it, hoping that it wouldn't ruin the fabric. Thankfully, it didn't. Here it is wet:
And dry, the bleaching process finished:
I now have a very pale lavender dress, with yellow tapestry sleeve linings. Also, all of the buttonholes remained the same color, because I used polyester thread, which didn't bleach. o_0 The fabric is actually quite a lovely lavender, and it actually looks good on me - and I'd keep it, if the color were remotely even, but it's really, really not.
I'll be dyeing the dress again tonight. Wish me luck.