Turns out polyester, or whatever this dress is made of (the tag was too faded to read), really doesn’t dye very well. The first round was a regular dye for natural fibers and dyed the binding only. The second attempt used iDye Poly and changed the color only slightly while stinking up my apartment. The third approach meant 60 minutes simmering on my stove, getting black vapor residue on the microwave above the stove, and a mostly-dyed dress.
Admitting that was as good as it was going to get, I did a hack job refashion. It turned out too short with a neckline and bodice portion I didn’t particularly enjoy and didn’t want to deal with. Good enough for an After picture? Certainly. And then directly into the giveaway basket.