Thanks! I guess maybe cleaning won't work anyway, since it's screenprinted and I'm guessing that paint is designed not to come off. So perhaps trying to clean it would make it worse?
My faltamte came home and I showed her the dress. She said she hadn't even noticed the harps til I pointed it out. So, I decided to just go for it! Unstitched the dinky belt and chestpiece, and am pinning on some brown satin ribbon to get the hem detail. I don't have enough to do the actual 'rupee' shape trim, so am just doing a zig zag and thicker hem border, hopefully it will give the same overall look.
Do you think a gold marker would work to go over the harps? I don't have any fabric paint and haven't seen any in the shops I've checked. I am going back to NY in a couple days though, so maybe I can get some then and leave that part til last. Any recommendations as to brand? I know there's a big Michael's at 808 Columbus, not sure about other stores.
Thanks everyone for the input!! Feeling much more optimistic!!
As for compromise- well I figure it's the only way I can still go to the con with my planned costume, otherwise getting all annoyed about it and getting a refund will just get me my money back and no costume, so, not really as much of a win, is it?
Princess Hilda, ALBW- 5% (Fabric, Wig, Worbla & Lenses Purchased)
Frozen Elsa Snow Queen- 100% (Now Planning Elsa Version 2)
My page: Dubai Zelda
Awards: EB Expo Runner Up Best Costume Just 'Cos Contest '12, Video Games Live Dubai Cosplay Winner '13