How to Fix a Dress Where the Color Has Faded in Places

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Fixing faded spots on clothing, like a dress, can be done in a couple of different ways. For example, if the fabric is the same on the inside of the dress without faded spots, a skilled seamstress can "turn" a dress by taking it apart and resewing it with the inside out. This is a time-consuming process and the end result can turn out badly if the sewer isn't experienced. The easiest method for fixing a dress where the color has faded in places is to re-dye the cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Dye
  • Salt
  • Tub
  • Water
  • Seam ripper (optional)
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Find a dye that is as close to the original color of the dress as possible. Alternatively, you can dye the dress a darker shade of the same color or a completely different color.

  • Remove embellishments, such as lace, cording or wooden buttons or toggles, that are not the same color as the dress and that will soak up dye. Use the seam ripper to tear only the thread holding the embellishment in place. Leave fabric-covered buttons, plastic buttons, beadwork and sequins on the dress.

  • Fill the tub with water and add the dye according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add 1 cup of salt to the water to help with colorfastness.

  • Dye the dress, following the manufacturer's recommended dying times for the specific fabric.

  • Once the dress has been removed from the dye and washed properly, re-attach any embellishments. The faded spots should now be the same color as the rest of the dress.

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