DIY Ombre Wedding Dress
I’ve seen a few ombre wedding dresses on Pinterest in my time and I’ve always wondered whether a DIY dress would be an option, and let me tell you, it totally is! Sure, it takes a brave person to put dye to a white wedding dress but ours was a real cheap experience! We bought this dress off Ebay for £6 and the dye only cost £2.50. Boom, a dress for less than a tenner! To create an ombre wedding dress for yourself all you’ll need is:
A white dress // Fabric dye (we used one sachet of nylon dye) // Salt // A bucket // Clothes pins // Rubber gloves //
Step 1: Wash your dress and make sure it’s damp.
Step 2: Prepare your dye in the bucket according to the instructions on your packet.
Step 3: Take your clothes pins and place one on the edge of the dress about half way up, this will be so you know roughly where to dye up to. Then place a second pin half way between first pin and the bottom of the dress, then finally one about 2 inches from the bottom. These will be stages of dye, bottom piece being the darkest and soaked in the dye the longest, top section being the lightest and in the dye for the least amount of dye.
Step 4: Place your dress into the bucket of dye and submerge it up to your highest pin! You’ll want to leave it there for around 10 minutes, adjusting the fabric every minutes so that the dye sits in a different area and doesn’t create a firm straight line across the dress.
Step 5: Next, pull that top section of your dress out of the dye and leave the bottom two sections to soak. Leave the dress in the bucket for 30 more minutes, adjusting the positioning of it as you did before.
Step 6: After the 30 minutes are up, pull the dress out of the dye just slightly more so that only the bottom section of the dress is submerged. Leave that section in the dye for 45 minutes.
Step 7: Once you’re happy with the colour of your dress you’ll need to pull it out of the dye and rinse it off with some cold water, rinse until the water runs clear then pop the dress on a 30 degree wash.
Step 8: Take the dress out of the washing machine and hang it up to dry! Then you’re done! Wear that gorgeous ombre dress with pride!
If you give this DIY a try be sure to share it on Instagram using the hashtag #BESPOKEBRIDEDIY , we love seeing your creations!
Much Bespoke Love
Absolutely love this and I hope one of my future brides goes for this!! On another note, how did you manage to find that dress for just 6 quid on Ebay? I never find bargains as good as that!
Brilliant dress and brilliant idea to create something unique- do you think for a newbie perhaps its best to practice on an old t-shirt first rather than jump straight into dying the dress?
That would be a great idea, it’s important to get it right so I would definitely advise practising on something old first!
What a lovely photos!
Thank you! Glad you like it 🙂
Wow, I think I will try first with an old t-shirt or a pair of jeans.
It looks great, thanks for the tip!
How do you keep the white. Tried it but colors bleeds onto white.
Unfortunately using the clothes pins to mark levels left white squares on the fabric! Thought it would soak through… nope!