Can I Dye My Clothes?

Question: I am having a wedding in December, 2010, which is less than a month away, and I had custom made tux from oversea, which is white, however, when I got it two days ago, I realized that my wife’s gown is not white which is ivory, and I don’t want to make her looks like she’s wearing a “dirty gown” on our big day. Is there any way to dye my tux (i know this is crazy) to ivory or make it not that “white”, do you guys provide this service? or could you make any suggestion, i think the material of my tux is cotton, poly, not really sure, thank you so much.


Answer: Hi Stanley,

Congratulations on the big day.

I see your dilemma;

Normally I don’t suggest dyeing a garment after it has been made. We don’t provide a dye service any more due to a multitude of problem associated with trying to dye material after the fact. We had subbed out the work to a dye specialist in the past but have not done so for over ten years. None of the customers that had their garments dyed were happy or even satisfied.  There are issues with shrinkage, uneven finish, thread not taking dye, not the exact color or even close to the color you are trying to achieve, setting of the dye, and changing the feel of the texture of the material. How the garment looked after it was dyed varied depending on the material, the color, and the finish on the surface of the material. Most often the material of the garment looked aged due to the harsh dye process.   Sorry to say but this time I especially don’t recommend it for a tuxedo to use on a special day like your wedding day.

The next question you are going to ask me is can we bleach the wedding dress to make it white. Again I’m sorry to say but that answer is a definite no. You have all of the same problems with trying to strip dye from a garment as with dyeing a garment.

The only way I can help you is to suggest that you find a new tuxedo off the rack and we can tailor it to fit you. At this point in time I’m not sure you have the time to have another custom made tuxedo tailored for you.

Let me know if I can help you in any other way. Thanks for the question.

Karl Huie

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