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Polish Dilemma

DC1104 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello ALL,


I am new to the threads forum and love to sew.  I have a problem and hope someone out there can help me.  I have spilled some clear fingernail polish on one of my favorite dresses and was hoping to get it out.  The dress is a lycra poly blend.  It fits me perfectly and I don’t want to cut it up and make again if I do not have to.  Please Help!?!?!?!Thank!!!


  1. jatman | | #1

    Hi DC1104!  Did you make the dress to begin with?  And if so, do you have any scrap pieces of fabric to experiment on?  I'm assuming polish remover will obliterate the fabric with that content (found that out the hard way once...!).


    1. DC1104 | | #4

      I did not make the dress.  I did however try fingernail polish remover in a sink with a little water.  I tried to soak it out but it did not work, it also did nothing to the fabric.  It is a wrap dress all black.  The stain is on the lower half of the front of the skirt portion.  It is alot of polish.  I was shaking the bottle to polish my toes and did not realize the top was already aloose.  I thought of the embellishments but I like it plain as it is. 

      1. jatman | | #5

        Well, I'm a bit surprised that the polish didn't mess with the fabric but then maybe this will work:


        Let us know how it does, ok?



      2. Teaf5 | | #6

        A lot of polish means that it's probably very stiff and uncomfortable, too! If none of the removal techniques work, an applique might work. You can use the same color fabric to make an embellishment that is very subtle. Using a very similar fabric, cut a graceful shape (a leaf is classic and covers a lot of ground) slightly bigger than the spill. Topstitch or handstitch it onto the skirt, and then cut away the back layer, removing the stiffened fabric. Or use a reverse applique (quite trendy nowadays) by mounting the new shape to the back of the skirt, stitching, and then cutting away the stiffened top layer to reveal a framed shape of the new fabric.Embellishments don't have to be eyecatching or corny; an applique with a sheer fabric or burnout velvet or slghtly different texture could be really beautiful and make a great dress even better.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Oooh, sad! How big is the spill, and where is it on the dress? Is the fabric patterned or plain? I agree with Jatman that you probably cannot use nail polish remove without destroying the fabric (though the non-acetone type might be worth trying on a scrap).

    Depending on the size & location of the spill, you might be able to disguise it with an applique or embellishment, especially if you add sets of three here and there to make it look like an intentional design element. Give us some more details, and you'll probably get a lot of suggestions; most of us have LOTS of experience with unremovable stains on our favorite garments!

    1. Jean | | #3

      I would try Krud Kutter. http://www.krudkutter.com/My bottle lists fingernail polish on it. We got it at the local Ace Hardware.

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