30 August 2011

Darlings, a dilemma


I got this early 60's frock and matching jacket off Trade Me last year.
It's in splendid condidtion, and fits perfectly.......but........
the colour....
It's just too drab, this flat, musky shade of pink.
What to do?!
I'd like to dye it.
Maybe burgundy, or a brighter shade of pink.
What do you think?
Should I dye it at all?!
I don't think it would damage it; and I think it would take the colour well.
It's been years since I dyed anything, but I seem to recall satins can take an interesting bit of hue on, and this kind of cottony lace should soak up colour quite well.
Any advise, or opinion greatly recieved!!
I'd really like to wear the damned thing!!!


As an aside, here's a scan from the History of Underwear book that Nelly sent me....
I love these broads!!

X

36 comments:

Louise said...

Its a lovely dress, but I know what you mean about the colour being a bit meh! I've never dyed lace, but providing the dress didn't cost too much I'd be willing to give it a try. It would look great in burgundy I think. Xx

Kitty said...

I agree darl the colour isn't really you. I'd probably risk dyeing it, be beware that the colour may not 'take' evenly..also the lining and outer may end up different colours...and if there are any remnants of stains lurking about, the dyeing process may make them much more pronounced. But personally I'd just do it, it's not for resale so you don't have to be as fussy!

Liz Tregenza said...

Hello, I am just after some help which is unrelated to this post, but as it was your most recent i was hoping you might see it! In your inspiration images you have a pciture of a woman wearing a beautiful Biba chevron skirt. (I think it is the 12th image down) would you be able to tell me where you got this image from by any chance? Thank you.
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Ronnie Rabbit said...

Its a risk, but I say go for it, if you are not going to wear it that colour then whats the harm, I've dyed many vintage lace dresses and they all have come out ok, if theres a zip in it and it doesnt take as well you could always replace it, be brave and take the plunge..good luck x

two squirrels said...

Hey miss Helga, I have seen some real disasters when it comes to dying. Stains that now scream, lining that is patchy and colour that is washy. I have two friends who have had great success with vintage pieces. Theses were done by Moores dry-cleaning in Merivale. The price was good and well it. LvV

two squirrels said...

Poo the end of the comment went wrong,sorry.
Meant to be well worth it. Love V

Miss Peregrin said...

The colour of that frock isn't really you is it? If you're not going to wear it as it is, I'd say it's well worth the risk of trying to dye it. If it goes well, you end up with something nice to wear all the time, if it doesn't you're no worse off.

Terri said...

Yup, dye it! Definitely the brighter pink or burgundy. Purple would be fantastic as well. Keep in mind that whatever the package states as far as dying time,ignore it. I have found that to get a true color you need to leave the garment in the dye for hours. Like 3 or 4. Seriously.

Vix said...

Dye it! It's a fabulous frock but a bit too mumsy in colour. I think a wine colour would look beautiful on you.
It's been ages since I dyed anything but I do rather like it when the result is a bit patchy (or maybe that's just cos I'm odd).
Love you!
Vix
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Penny Dreadful said...

I quite like the colour, and the set is very beautiful. It would be awful if a dye job went wrong on it. Could you wear it just once as is so we can see you in it? It is sometimes good to try something a bit different, I reckon you could look really nice in those colours, even though they are outside your usual tastes xx

Theeny said...

I die for dye! Maybe you can try tye-dyeing it for interesting effects?

pastcaring said...

It's a lovely suit. I actually like the colour but I know what you mean about it not quite being YOU. What about Penny Dreadful's excellent idea of trying it as is, style it up to the nines with really colourful tights, shoes, bow, jewellery, etc, and see if you can make it work? And show us, of course. Try before you dye!!
PS. Hilarious photo - those ladies were having a GOOD time, weren't they?

Rose&Bird said...

I agree with Penny Dreadful and Pastcaring - try wearing it once before taking the plunge and dying it. If you still don't like it, then it's worth a try, but for best results, I'd say go for a darker colour, such as a wine or burgundy as previously mentioned. I don't know how much dying you've done, but it's worth using a machine dye, rather than coldwater as they don't take very well on synthetics.
Good luck if you do try it and don't forget to share the results x

Vintage Sweetheart said...

If your not going to wear it as go for it! I think the lace will show up nicely!

E :)

Misfits Vintage said...

I agree with everyone - why don't you try it on, Helga style and if it's not you then dye it a fabuous bright colour and it's fucked then dye it black! And if that's fucked, then I'm afraid it's fucked. But you know, life's short and it's only a dress! Whatever you decide, I can't wait to see you in in, amor!

Those two broads remind me of you and Vix!!!

Loveyourfrocks, Sarah xxx

tralala said...

Oooohhh try styling it first Helga - that colour would look great with your magnificent hair - and with lots of black velvet and leopard (or turquoise) - mmmmm!!!!!

I loves dyeing stuff but beware of synthetic thread and zippers - they sometimes give unexpected results.

Alternatively put it on eBay and let us slavering minions bid on it lol!

Lee said...

DYE IT!!!

If it doesn't work out well, fuck it! Dye it again! Or, pretend that it is SUPPOSED to be that way =]

Lee x

sacramento said...

Dye it in your favourite colour. Being pale it will take any colour.
Good luck.
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Krista said...

dye it dye it dye it!!!!It would be hot as a bright pink a little too matronly burgundy but I do also think it would look hot purple or turquoise. Give it new life!

Vintage Coconut said...

I think it would look great purple. I am not big on it's color now either. Because at one point my Mother was obsessed with that shade of pink and painted everything in that color for the house. *uhgggg* *Shiver* hehehe

Tomye said...

Dye it! What good is it if you are not wearing it? I would go for either a magneta or wine color. If you go with the wine, all the better on a boozey evening if a little dribbles down the front! Good luck! -T

Ivy Black said...

Dye it love. The brighter the better.It's pale enough to take it. I've dyed lace lots of times and it takes it fine.
Can't wait to see it!xxx

LandGirl1980 said...

I quite like the colour *the shame* but if it is not for you - then I say dye it! Might as well wear it?

Hannah said...

Oh I actually like the colour of it, but I am inclined to like grandma chic. I think with the right jewellery and stockings it could still be very you! x

Rae said...

Mostly I agree with the others - dye it... or... on the other hand... send it to me! I like that colour on me! ;-)

Seriously, I think dye it a darker funkier colour so you can enjoy it to its fullest potential

Miss Rayne said...

I have found that vintage items like this often dye quite well as long as you don't go for black, there seems to be something in modern black dyes that isn't in the colours, which makes the end result rather greenish.

Max said...

I like that dress, even the colour, try it on, just once, and show us pleeeeaassssseee!!!!!! it'd look ace with black and red I think, not sure about the jacket tho, but queen mum innit?!

Miss Magpie said...

Dye it! I agree on a lovely wine or burgandy, colour and to drink whilst the dye takes!

Mary Lou said...

this dress is absolutely to die for!!! great idea to dye it burgund, i guess it would even look better, i personally prefer lace in darker colours,but this one is so beautiful as well in this light colour!!
i just found your blog and u got a new follower, i really like your style!
love and kiss,mary

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La Dama said...

Amorcito,
I agree ,model this frock for us first.
then dye it whatever Helga-color you like.
I love lace fabric, so pretty.

lady sélénite said...

Beautiful dress ! I love the color !
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Alex said...

Dye it! I think it would be gorgeous in a dark green shade, ooh or maybe a rusty orange, but then you have to be quite practical with it I suppose and I doubt either of those would take properly over that sort of base colour. Burgundy would look beautiful on you :)

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Feck you're such a tease, come on put it on for us so I can have a perve at the colour/shape as-is. I think you might be a tad surprised if you pop something green with it and wear it with a huge flower thingy in your gorgeous hair. I love this suit so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

Straight Talking Mama! said...

I think that it could go horribly wrong! I'm a bit of a party pooper when it comes to dying vintage stuff that might spoil, I say try it first in it's original colour and if you don't like it, sell it, someone might love it that colour. Please don't hate me, I would just feel sad it if got ruined.

Miss Claire said...

Dye, dye! Hot pink!!! And then wear it with a birdy in your hair :)

Xoxox Claire

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I vote for burgundy!