. I have a black tie event in August. I want to wear a modified version of my perfect-for-me wedding dress to said black tie event. What are some things I can do to remix it?
About the event: It's an award show. A handful of people attending the event also attended my wedding and will recognize the dress. That's OK.
About the dress: It's 100% polyester. It has a chapel-length train that can be bustled. The golden circle pin is removable. I would be more than willing to chop off the train or a significant portion of the dress, and I've already removed all the petticoats. It still has some volume, however.
Dyeing the dress is automatically out. I considered all the possibilities of doing it myself, and decided that doing it correctly would not be possible. I can't afford to pay someone else to do it (I've gotten quotes in the upper $200 to $500 to do it). Even a dip dye is out, as it's poly and dyeing poly is significantly more complex than natural fibers.
I would really like to paint it, but I literally know nothing about doing this. I'd like it to look like this
, or this
, rather than this
. I have never done it before but have painted a bunch in my day, so the skill is there. Repetitive patterns seem risky to me, but I think I can do almost anything else. I just don't know where to start.
...That's it! I'm clueless, so I come to you, Metafilter! What can I do to remix this dress? Timeless ideas are ideal, as I'd like to keep this around for a while! I'm open to basically anything you can think of OTHER than dyeing it.
If you have any expertise or advice or even a link about painting on fabric, I want to know about it! Thank you!