I know that this is slightly off topic but, knowing what an all-round crafty and creative bunch you all are, thought I'd see if you had any suggestions.
A good friend of mine is a singer and she's performing a opera/music theatre piece by Peter Maxwell-Davies with the alluring name, Miss Donnithorne's Maggot and I said that I'd make the costume for her. Miss Donnithorne was an Australian lady, apparently one of the models for Miss Havisham in Dickens's Great Expectations; jilted at the last minute, she became a recluse, and the piece discovers her ranting among the remnants of her wedding cake still wearing her wedding dress.
I found an extremely nasty wedding dress at my local charity shop - kind of cream and lacy and polyestery and frilly and nasty and victoriany - and I have to make it look very old and distressed and as if Miss Donnithorne's had it on for the last 50 years. It's been through a hot wash to get rid of the charity shop smell and came out looking as good an new (The neighbours wondered what was going on when it was pegged out on the line)
So, I'm looking for ideas and suggestions for paints/dyes that are going to work on polyester and any creative thoughts on this dress-distressing exercise. I also have to make a suitably tatty wedding veil with a bat in to complete the ensemble - so some lacy disasters in a knitters stash could find a suitable resting place!
Any thoughts gratefully welcomed