So after all my teasing yesterday, here is the project – dyed turquoise skinny jeans. I had Tater take some pictures today so I could get them on the blog, since Hubby doesn’t get home until after dark.
I am sooooo happy with how these turned out. And total amount I spent on the jeans and the dye I used? $5.00. I’m pretty pleased with that, too.
Here’s the how to. First I purchased these on half-off day at the thrift store. I purposely looked for jeans that had a good amount of stretch to them and fit me OK in the rear. Unfortunately, these were also bell bottoms.
So I followed this tutorial for taking the jeans in. I know there are a bunch of tutorials about changing regular jeans to skinny jeans, but I found this to be the best one because of how she handles the topstitching – it’s more work, but I think it’s worth it in the final result. You can’t tell that these weren’t skinny jeans to begin with. A tip I will add – I use upholstery thread to do my jeans, not denim thread. My machine hates denim thread – it’s too rough or something – and I just get tons of knots and thread breakage. Upholstery thread is smoother, just as thick, and unless you look with a magnifying glass, you really can’t tell the difference.
Then I followed this tutorial to bleach the color out of the jeans. They got soaked in bleach for most of a day, and when I was done they looked like this. Same jeans, I promise.
And finally I dyed them with Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dye – not RIT. I can’t rave enough about this dye. It’s bright, vibrant, and perfectly even colored. Read more about this kind of dye here.
And I ended up with these.
Since I’m a little older than the trendsetters, I’m not ready to wear my bright jeans with another bright shirt, or with a shorter shirt – yet. So I toned them down with a lot of neutrals. But now I’m jonesing for a mustard colored shirt – don’t you think these would look great with a mustard top? I think it’s on my must sew list.
Now if I could just get through these last couple patterns I’m procrastinating on…
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