Saturday, 1 December 2012

I will never drink red wine again!

I knew it was going to happen, I just knew it. I copped a red wine stain on my beautiful 'corsage' floral dress.

I was about to wear a different dress to my Christmas party because I didn't want to risk red wine stains, cigarette smoke and burns - so many reckless people at these events - but at the last minute, I decided to wear this dress because I cbf finding the right shoes/bag/belt for the other dress.

Plus, this dress is much nicer.

I wore my dress with blue suede heels and a red leather clutch.

My very fit & healthy bestie from work - awesome body!
She's in her 40s but does not look it at all.
Her beautiful claret dress is ten years old!

My work hubby- 5 years & going strong.

I got heaps of compliments for my dress even from people I had never even seen in the company, which made me feel really good about my progress as a dressmaker.

About 1.5 hours into the party, I switched from white wine to red wine - worst decision of my entire life!!!! Within 5 minutes, some guy knocked me and spilled my my wine. Rude bastard didn't even apologize!!! So mad!!

I have no experience with stains so I didn't know what to do. The fabric soaked the wine up so quickly so I left it. I soaked the dress in soapy water when I got home at 3am - by this stage the stain had already been on the dress for about 8 hours.

This morning, I went to the supermarket and bought soda water and VANISH PREEN thanks to the advice I got from Twitter this morning. Thank you again ladies for your advice.

I poured soda water all over the stains, not sure if it helped because the stains were already dry, then sprayed the VANISH PREEN spray on them and let the spray sit for 5 minutes then put it in the washing machine.

I really hope I can get rid of the stains. I've already washed the dress twice with the VANISH PREEN spray... waiting for it to come out of the third wash now.

The stains are lighter than what it was, and it's mostly on the gathered skirt, so it may not be so noticeable... but still.

Saturating the stains!

I will keep spraying this stuff on the stains till I use up the whole bottle.
Is there anything else I should use on the stains? Is it worth taking to the drycleaners?







23 comments:

  1. Oh no!!! My heart was in my throat when I saw your post title, and I kept hoping against hope that it was something non-dress-related that made you make that vow. Alas, I have no solutions to offer you, just loads and loads of sympathy. I hope the third wash is the charm!

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    1. Thank you for sharing this pain with me Cindy!!! xxx

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  2. Take it to the cleaners!!!!! I had a red wine incident with my very favorite vintage dress, and the cleaners removed every last trace of it! I'm so sorry. :(

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    1. I went today babe, but they were closed (sunday) dammit!! So I bought SARDS (suggestion from Twitter) and gave it another wash. The white is a little discoloured - the stains are like little "drip" marks, and luckily hidden amongst the gathers in the skirt so I'll have to learn to live with it :/

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  3. Oxiclean! Try it. It takes out just about any stain--- and this is coming from an art teacher :)

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    1. Thanks for the tip Liza Jane. I went to my supermarket and couldn't find it :( I googled it but couldn't find a stockist in Australia :(

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  4. Ahhhh soooooo saddddd!!!! I don't drink so I really have no clue what what might take alcohol out of fabric. Sorry, I'm no help :( Maybe if worse comes to worst you could dye the whole dress a red wine color? Haha! ...but seriously. It might be a good fix for a last resort. Good luck!

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    1. I washed it again today using "SARDS"... the stain is still there but very light. The dark patch on the bodice is the lining showing through. Can't really see the stain unless you look really carefully and close, but being the freak I am, it bothers me hhhahah

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  5. Oxyclean! The powdered type, mixed with hot water, let it soak. Worked wonders for me before!

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    1. This Oxyclean stuff bust be great, second suggestion to use it.. but i can't find it in Australia :( I spent all weekend in the laundry aisle at the supermarket hahha

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  6. Oh nooo!!!:(
    you can try ebay for the oxiclean stuff?
    http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_trksid=p4634.m570.l1313&_nkw=oxiclean&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    but probably cheaper/easier to take it to drycleaners:) good luck! X

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    1. Hey babe, I might suss out how much the drycleaners charge and get their opinion on if they think the stain is removable and go from there. It's been almost a week so dunno how good the odds are!!! Most of the stain is gone, its so light now, like a tea colour..

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  7. Oh no Neeno just keep at it it will come out!! I wore my white 21 dress to the races one day and same thing happened I had so many stains from alcohol etc. think I washed it a million times but eventually it faded and can hardly see it. I feel so bad for you your dress is absolutely stunning. Good luck!!!

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    1. Last time i wear white to a drinking function that's for sure!!! I'll give it another wash this week. I'm just worried that if i wash it too much the fabric will wear out?

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  8. I screamed in pain as I read your post! I think the most important thing is to continue to wash the dress until the stain ends up disappearing. Please do not iron, no dryer until the stain disappears because these two options do set the stain into the fabric. Good Luck with your wonderful dress.

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    1. Hey Rosy, good thing you commented because I was going to give my dress an iron tonight cos it's still crinkly from the wash. I'll give it another wash tonight, but I don't know if it will do any good since it's almost one week. I washed it 4 times last week with the stain removal spray. The stain has faded a lot, to a very light tea colour. Only visible if I look very closely, but it still bugs me :(

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    2. I must say thats a very beautiful dress and I'm feel it for you that its stained but if it just won't come out you could dye the dress in a color close to the color of the stain . I'm sure it would look just as great . just a suggestion

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  9. Eeeek so sorry to hear about your beautiful dress (you and your workmate look STUNNING!). I think it might be time to send it to the drycleaners :(

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  10. Hi Neeno, have you hung it to dry in the sunlight? Red wine is a bugger to get out of stuff, the only real success I have had is if you can instantly rinse it out (one memorable dinner party with me racing to the laundry pulling my dress over my head, lucky I had my good knickers on). However I do find sunlight very useful in fading stains. Good luck.

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  11. Oh NO!! I felt as awful as if it were my own dress!!! But try Napisan; (same stuff as Oxiclean, but the Aussie version) will work every time :) It's a bloomin' marvel... but do not iron or put it in the dryer until the stain is completely gone... the heat will set it in. Good luck!

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  12. Oh, and you look STUNNING! in this dress, btw!

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