8.03.2011

To Dye For

While The Boyfriend was working over the weekend, I decided to update my wardrobe.  But I didn't go shopping.  Oh, no no no.  I did a little DIY instead.  It all started because I have this little white sweater that I haven't worn in about a year.  I may or may not have washed it with darks and it may or may not have had a slightly bluish gray tint to it as a result...

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!!


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  1. what a smart idea! i have a black pair of jeggings I LOVE from gap but they are fading...maybe i can dye them back to life! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  2. AWESOME!
    This is an amazingly fantastic idea! :D
    You're such a genius! I have some clothes that need some TLC love and maybe this would do the trick to liven them up!

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  3. Wow they look fantastic! I never would have guessed the pieces didn't come like that, great job and great idea!!

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  4. That is a gutsy move...but it definitely paid off! I guess it's definitely worth it if you aren't going to wear it as is, right? (c: I would've never thought of dying it, brilliant!

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  5. Genius! My mom used to do this with clothing all the time. It's kind of brilliant:-) xoxo

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  6. Where do you come up with these awesome ideas?! :P Seriously though, I have the perfect white cardigan that could use a color change too. Hate the dingy look it has right now… Thanks darling!! Yours look great! :)

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  7. Oh how fun and creative! Love the idea of reviving some jeans! Great job!

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  8. The cardigan is pretty cool but the jeans are AWESOME! Never thought about dying my jeans. I'm going to keep this in mind.. actually let me jot it down now..

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  9. I've always wanted to dye my denim, but have never had the courage. And I love the sweater transformation--great job.

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  10. Okay, now you are reading my mind! My favorite pair of black shorts are starting to fade from their gorgeous dark black, and just this morning I was wondering how Rit Dye would work on them.

    Your clothes look fabulous! You did a great job!

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  11. Nicely done, lady!!! Eco-chic awesomeness!!! I think you have inspired us all :) Thanks for sharing! xoxoxo brynn

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  12. That's awesome!! What a great idea!!! I should do this on some of my jeans that are now too faded looking!

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  13. That's awesome!! What a great idea!!! I should do this on some of my jeans that are now too faded looking!

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  14. You're so resourceful! :) I feel inspired to check out my own closet for things to bring new life too with a bottle of dye!

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  15. so I stumbled onto your blog after I saw that your first word was beer [I was impressed, I wanted to know you] and I'm loving your blog! [new follower]. LOVE this idea, I'm going to have to hunt for things to dye in my closet!

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  16. This is genius. Seriously, I don't know why I haven't done this before!

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  17. What great results! The last time I dyed something was a DISASTER and i ended up tossing that shirt...

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  18. This is genius! I would never have thought to dye my own cloths... Let me know how it works? Did u get some bleeding on ur skin?

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  19. I am extremely impressed that you dyed clothes! I died some fabric one time, but it didn't go so well... they do it on Project Runway all the time, I need to try it again! Did you have any problems with things bleeding?

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