Anyway, I also have a favorite pair of skinny jeans that I wear all the time. My love was starting to leave it's mark in the form of worn thighs and faded coloring. I thought about tossing them and buying new skinnies but I just couldn't bear to part with them. Then a light bulb went off. These clothes deserve a second chance at life!! I hurried my little tushie over to Safeway and picked up a few bottles of Rit dye. Now I have a lovely salmon pink cardigan and new-ish dark blue skinnies!!
I used half a package of Scarlet mixed into a bucket of hot water. The directions said to let it sit in the dye for 10-30 minutes but after about 5 it looked darker than what I wanted. A little tip on dying clothes - let them stay in the dye until they're a shade or two darker than what you actually wanted. By the time you rinse the item and then run it through the wash (on cold), it lightens up.
The jeans used to be a deep dark indigo. After years of love, they were looking a little too light for my taste. I mixed one package of Navy with half a package of Black and let the jeans marinade for 10 minutes.
The before/after difference isn't as obvious in photos as it is in real life but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. They ended up being the shade they were when I first bought them. I think I'm in trouble now, though... I keep searching my closet for more clothes to dye!!