I’m looking to have 2 bridesmaid dresses that were ordered online dyed burgundy. The color they are now is red.

Name: Diane
Country or region: Toronto
Message: Hi, I’m looking to have 2 bridesmaid dresses that were ordered online dyed burgundy. The color they are now is red. If you are in the GTA area and are able to do this it would be great, my sister’s wedding is at the end of the month and I either have to get them dyed or buy new ones.

I’m sorry, but it is very unlikely that you will be able to get these dresses redyed. The dresses are probably not washable, let alone piece-dyeable. They are probably made of polyester, which is a major pain to dye, unlike natural fibers such as silk. Dyeing them would require an enormous dyeing pot. It would also require a large amount of boiling, which might damage the dresses.

The best answer is to buy dresses that are already in the color you want, or, less commonly, to buy a ready-to-dye dress in an easily dyeable fiber such as cotton or silk. Buying dresses online, sight-unseen, should never be done when it is critical that the exact right color be obtained. Local bridal supply shops may seem to overcharge, but buying dresses of a color you don’t want doesn’t end up saving you any money.

The five dyers listed at the top of my “Find a Custom Dyer” page will not dye a polyester dress from one shade of red to another. Most refuse to dye polyester at all. Some will dye white polyester garments to another color, but will not dye polyester of any other color.

This sad situation is not uncommon. I answered a very similar question in my blog in 2007, “I made the mistake of buying my bridesmaid dresses on-line. They are a red burgundy and I was shooting for a deeper color, more of a wine or egg plant color. The fabric is polyester satin. What can I use to dye this?“. There was no good place to get the dresses dyed then, either.

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-Paula

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