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My dentist ruined my fave vintage blouse
Diluted bleach they use was enough to ruin the linen fabric
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Date: 8/30/07 0:02 AM

I really like my dentist and he sees me with no delay, and always fixes my teeth well-but today they were doing a root canal and they use a diluted bleach to sterilize the tooth, and it was strong enough to put 2 huge bleach stains on the front of my blouse. This blouse took me forever to make using a late forties Vogue pattern. It is a very unique blouse. He said he would pay for it. The fabric was a relatively inexpensive linen--so the value is not in the fabric, but really how do I put a value on it?

The linen is a deep denim blue, very neutral blue. The navy buttons are vintage.

Or--I could try to gently bleach the whole thing and get it all one uniform color, and then dye it a deep navy. I am good at dyeing. I guess I should remove the buttons before I dye it. Should I still charge him something? I just don't know!

Thanks!

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Date: 8/30/07 4:26 AM

You might want to use color remover to take out the dye (rather than bleach), then dye it. Do remove the buttons first.

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Date: 8/30/07 5:00 AM

I would estimate the time you took to make it, give yourself an hourly rate, and then consider whether the blouse was 'good as new', been worn for 10 years, etc to decide whether you should discount that price.

There's no guarantee with linen that it will last after bleaching, so even if you do bleach/overdye it the bleached sections may go into holes within a short time. I think you'd be sensible to ask for something.

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Date: 8/30/07 9:43 AM

Gosh, that's really too bad. I would collect something, since they offered. Thank you for sharing this story. I now know to wear a shirt I don't care much about next time I go to the dentist.



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Date: 8/30/07 11:14 AM

Maybe you could suggest that the root canal be free of charge in return for ruining your blouse?

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Date: 8/30/07 12:12 PM

It's hard to put a value on something that you've made, especially when it's something you can't purchase in a store. I would take a look at the blouse and think of how much it would cost if you bought it in a boutique, not a department store (the cost would be much lower due to cheap overseas labor driving the prices down). If you're stumped, visit one in your area and get an idea of what a similar type garment might run. You could also ask that instead of repayment for the blouse, maybe you could get a discount on your root canal (I have no idea what those cost), or a discounted or complimentary teeth cleaning. I'm not sure what your dentist would charge for cleaning, ours charges $300 for a cleaning without xrays but maybe a discount is doable. Sorry about the blouse, and even more sorry about the root canal...what a crappy day all around.

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Date: 8/30/07 1:55 PM

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Maybe you could suggest that the root canal be free of charge in return for ruining your blouse?


I like that idea! You could buy a whole new stash with that amount of money.

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Date: 8/30/07 5:01 PM

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Or--I could try to gently bleach the whole thing and get it all one uniform color, and then dye it a deep navy. I am good at dyeing. I guess I should remove the buttons before I dye it.

What a frustrating thing to happen. The important thing to do is get something to neutralize the bleach still in the fabric. Both Dharma and ProChem (NAYY) carry products that will do this. Some arts stores carry dye supplies so you may be able to buy something locally.

If you want to attempt to salvage the blouse, I would take the buttons off before you bleach it. The already bleached spots will lighten as the rest bleaches so you may not get rid of the spots. If you don't, an un-even low water immersion technique is more likely to hide the spots than an even dye job.

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