I was on Pinterest and came across a DIY Denim project and loved the look of these jeans so much I decided this was going to be a Saturday project.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Work Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Medium
• White inexpensive skinny jeans
• RIT Dye (Denim Blue, Purple, Fuchsia & Tangerine)
• Sponge brushes
• 3 plastic containers
• 1 bucket
• 3 litres of vinegar
• 1 cup salt
• Laundry detergent
1. Follow the instruction on the RIT Dye bottles, and pour into containers.
2. Using the sponge brushes, paint strokes on the front side of jeans. (start with the lightest colour (Fuchsia)
3. Now make paint strokes with the second darkest colour (Purple).
4. Finally add paint strokes with the darkest colour (Denim Blue).
5. Don’t forget to paint on the sides as well and carry some of those colours over to the back.
6. Flip over and paint on the back following steps 2 to 4.
7. Let your freshly painted denim dry hung up.
8. Once they have dried it is time to set the dye.
9. Place jeans in a bucket and cover completely with vinegar.
10. Soak for 15 minutes.
11. Remove the jeans and place in the washing machine on the cold cycle with ½ cup of salt and laundry detergent and 1 cup of vinegar.
• I found an ivory coloured pair of jeans cheap for $14.99.
• I added a little tangerine to the fuchsia.
• You can use whatever colours you like.
• Wash the jeans alone the first couple of times to ensure you don’t damage any of your other clothes.
• Hang dry to keep the colour vibrant if possible.
• When washing after use colour safe bleach which brightens colours.
• I would suggest buying one size larger than usual. Once the dye is on the jean, most of the stretch is gone and the jeans were a little snug. I can still wear them, but just a heads up.
The jeans came out well. Mine had a faded well worn look to them. I do wish however that my jeans looked like the inspiration look (how they were before they got washed) and were full of bold and bright colours. For some reason the parts I left white didn’t remain white after I set the dye and washed them. One colour seemed to bleed more than the others so my jeans are a pink where the negative white space should be. In any event I really like the look that came from it and will be wearing these this week for sure. I now have my very own custom designed pair of denim jeans. I even signed “CCC” on the bottom of the pant leg at the back (An artist’s got to sign their work right?). I will be trying to change my pistachio coloured skinny jeans into an Ombre set of jeans sometime soon.