Several weeks back, I learned that there is a downside to wearing (or caring for) vintage (but nothing that will deter me from wearing vintage, don't worry). Given that vintage garments are old, and are often times well worn and loved, the tags that show how to care for your garment properly sometimes wear away.
Take this dress, for instance. I bought it at the Brooklyn Flea last summer, from a lovely vintage seller named Brittany. I loved the style, but I especially loved that it was actually cotton. A welcome change from wearing polyester!
It used to have lovely white stripes. But, it doesn't anymore. After washing it, I discovered that all the black fabric dye had run into the white. Luckily, I washed it with like colors so it didn't ruin anything else, but it did bleed dye into the white. The once white stripes are now a weird grey shade and look a little tie dyed. I never wash my vintage dresses, really. I have an excellent relationship with the woman who does my dry cleaning. I just thought because this one was cotton, I could try it. This taught me an important lesson: vintage garments are not necessarily color-fast like our garments are these days.
I tried hand washing it, especially the white parts, to see if the color would come out, but more of the black dye kept washing through it (and out of the black). I took it to the dry cleaners to see if she could get the color out, and I even walked over to my seamstress to see if she could stitch new white stripes onto the dress. I struck out at every turn.
I never had an opportunity to take outfit pics with this one, so I only have Instagram pics of what it once was...
I'm wondering if any of you out there have any suggestions for fixing this dress. I don't really want to deconstruct it because it's such a good fit and style, but I just don't know what to do.
Please help! Any suggestions you can make would be great, just leave me a comment. Someone who thinks outside the box might really be able to give me some perspective on this one.