Can you even see the stain on this dress? Of course not. I drew a circle around it, and I can’t even see it. So what’s the big deal. There isn’t one unless my stomach pouches it out, or the fluorescent beams cause it to glow in the dark. The two flecks of butter that lodged on my skirt two weeks before our big conference created a stain about 1/8 inch in diameter.
I sprayed it with Oxy-Clean and washed it three times, but each time, the stain stayed. I called a dressmaker recommended to me. Yelp said she made a wedding dress overnight for a desperate woman. I thought she could whip up a new dress. Time got shorter and shorter. I threw the dress in the trash. I got it out again, and begged my FB friends to give me their secret stain recipes.
Here are the stain removal suggestions. Thank you to ALL my Facebook friends for the great suggestions. I need to go to the store and stock up on stain removal solutions.
- Ask Martha Stuart
- Goo Off
Spray & Wash
Fels Naptha soap
Clorox 2 straight on the stain, then wash
Rub chalk on it.
Shout for a week then it comes off!
Bicarbonate of soda
- Baby Wipes
- Simple Green. Spray
- Dish soap
- And as a last resort, oven cleaner
I worked with it. I tried what I had. I tried on the hem first and seeing no ill effects, I tried on the front of the skirt where I splattered butter.
I failed Stain Removal 101.
The dressmaker called me. She suggested a simple tuck. It would have been a simple tuck, but my 1/8th inch stain had spread to a four-inch diameter dark Rorschach test splotch. I still have faith that dress designer, Meg Ryan can do a miracle. (Really, that’s her name! How could you not adore anything made by Meg Ryan?)
I won’t have a turquoise dress for my conference, but I just want to capture the perfect dress feeling again.
I wish I didn’t love my dress, but I do. I love it because a group of high school students told me I looked nice for their exit Interviews. I love it because Sally told me it matched my eyes, and it made me feel yummy (even if my tummy protruded.)
It wasn’t really that great, but it had some great memories attached to it. Have you had a dress or shirt like that?