Wedding Blog #1: Help! How do I dye my white veil ivory?

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About a year before the wedding, I realized how expensive it was to buy a veil in Vancouver. So, I decided to buy one online on Taobao(Sadly, you need to be able to read Chinese to use this website.)

There are also many beautiful and reasonably-priced veil on Amazon, like this gorgeous cathedral length veil. Or how about this lace-bordered veil with comb? At less than $20 per veil, you really can't go wrong!

The veil that came was beautiful... just what I wanted, with a lace trim. The only problem was... it was white!! Almost bright paper white... whereas my dress was ivory. My Maid of Honour noticed it right away. While it wasn't a huge issue, I wondered if there was a way I could dye my dream veil into my dream colour -- using a natural dye. 

After some help from Dr. Google, I figured I could! What I did was largely based on Miss Gator's and Miss IndianaPRolis's posts. Since I had more than a year to go, and I could always order another veil online, I decided to go for it (though it was still pretty scary!):

Dying Veil with Tea (from White to Ivory):

Materials:

2 x Lipton Yellow Label Tea Bags

10 cups x Water

1 x Measuring Cup

1 x Stock Pot 

1 (or more) x Test Tulle/Fabric (I didn't have a scrap piece of tulle, so I just used a white piece of fabric)

1 x Veil

Procedures:

1. Boil (more than 2 cups of) water. 

2. Steep 2 tea bags into 2 cups of boiling hot water (I used a measuring cup... couldn't take risks with my veil!), for 2 minutes. Keep the teabags completely submerged by using a clean spoon (I made the mistake of using a not-so-clean wooden spoon in my first trial... oil started floating to the top. I wasn't going to put my veil in that!). 

3. Pour the 2 cups of tea into a large stock pot.

4. Measure 8 cups of cold water. Pour into the stock pot. Mix.

5. Wait a while till the tea is completely cooled.

6. Rinse your test fabric in cold tap water, until it's completely wet (this is important so that the dye is evenly distributed).

7. Put your test fabric into the pot of tea for 2 minutes. Make sure it's completely submerged the whole time (I kept it down with my hands).

8. Rinse your test tulle/fabric in cold tap water so all the excess tea is gone.

9. Gently wring out the water, and hang your test tulle/fabric dry.

10. If the dry test tulle/fabric came out with the colour you want, repeat steps 6 - 9 with your veil. Otherwise, adjust the amount of time you submerge your test tulle/fabric and test again.

11. After you've dyed your veil, hang it to dry. Make sure it's not bunched up or stuck to another piece to ensure an even colour (though if you've rinsed it well enough, it shouldn't make too big of a difference).

**If you have a trim like mine, make sure the trim is laid out as flat as possible, too. I also went back to check on the veil again when it was about half dry to straighten things out (trust me... it's worth it!).

*** A word of caution: after dying (so wetting and drying), the lace trim on my veil needed to be ironed out. The little pieces of threads were never quite as straight as before.

So, on my second try (on a second veil), I made sure the trim as laid out very flat when it was hung to dry. Much better result!! :)

Hanging the veil to dry

Test fabric: before and after

Veil: before and after (first veil)

Evy's Veil from the back

 My Veil from the Back

Evy & Dad Walking down the Aisle

I was really happy with how it turned out. :)

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Comments on this post (12 comments)

  • Michelle says...

    Tried this on my veil, worked like a charm!

    On June 28, 2018

  • Fuzzy Fabric says...

    I can change the colour of the tulle by using your guide. Surely, i will try in my home

    On June 28, 2018

  • Kerrie Mitchell says...

    Brilliant – it’s worked! I think it’s come out the perfect colour – have dress fitting tomorrow so fingers crossed.

    Thank you.

    Kerrie

    On June 28, 2018

  • Evy says...

    Hi Pauline,
    Not at all! I’m sure other brands of tea would be fine. I’d definitely do a test run first though! :)
    Cheers,
    Evy

    On August 14, 2017

  • Pauline says...

    Do you have to use that brand of tea?

    On August 09, 2017

  • the uncommon pearl says...

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I tea dyed part of my wedding dress for my daughter’s bridal bouquet wrap, and shared it with my blog readers today.

    https://theuncommonpearl.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/what-to-do-when-wearing-your-moms-wedding-dress-isnt-an-option-but-you-still-want-to/

    Thanks again for the inspiration!

    On August 02, 2017

  • Evy says...

    Thanks so much for your comment, Louise! I’m so glad it worked out for you. Congrats and best of luck with the rest of your wedding planning! :)

    On June 18, 2017

  • Louise says...

    Thank you so much for this wonderful advice! It gave me the courage to do it and the veil turned out beautifully! Thank you. xx

    On June 08, 2017

  • Evy says...

    Hi Lana!

    I’m so sorry this is such a late reply… we’ve been busy and thus neglected our blogs! Hope you haven’t had your wedding yet or it’s all worked out in the end!

    Do you have any scrap pieces (that are the same material as your veil) you can experiment on? Like Natalia said, the best thing to do is to experiment a few times to get exactly the colour you want. I don’t think the blue white colour is an issue, but to get a creamy off white colour, you might want to try changing the number of tea bags/immersion time or even the brand or type of tea.

    It all depends on how much you care about an “exact match” in colour… for me, the subtle change in colour was good enough just so that the veil and dress weren’t glaringly different. (and nobody was the wiser ;)

    Best of luck!
    Evy

    On July 10, 2016

  • Evy says...

    Thanks for the feedback, Natalia! I’m so glad you’re happy with how your veil turned out. You’re absolutely right… experimentation is key! Each veil/material/tea etc can be different. :)

    On July 10, 2016

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