On my crafty kick, I saw an idea on Pinterest about a month ago for DIY dyed pants. This pin was inspired off of Paige Denim’s highly sold Verdugo Ultra Skinny’s http://www.paigeusa.com/store/productdetails.aspx?productid=40001363 and corresponding magazine advertisement. I immediately knew this was something I wanted to try, but with a slightly different color palette. I purchased some dye and foam brushes from Michael’s, got some skinny pants on sale at Macy’s for $18, badabing, badaboom, behold what are now known around the office as “The Pants.” Keep scrolling for fun instructions!
THE LOOK: Shirt: Old Navy Pants: Macy’s + Dye Shoes: Franco Sarto – Macy’s Accessories: RayBan’s, Ring from Von’s
THE PHOTOGRAPHY: Korey Klein, taken at Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, Utah
Now for the Instructions!
DIY SPLOTCH DYE PANTS
- White pants – preferably with some cotton content, but mine were 75% Rayon, 21% Nylon, 4% Spandex -> depending on fabric content, follow the instructions inside the dye boxes
- RIT Dye – 4 colors to mix to make Indigo, Dark Fuschia, and Tangerine
- 3 Foam Brushes – one per dye color
- Lots of torn up stuff to cover the floor with – I used the inside of Brown Grocery Bags [use something that doesn't have printed material on it so it doesn't bleed onto your fabric when wet]
All instructions are in the RIT packets. Here’s a couple extra tips. Heat water so that is just under boiling. IE until it boils and then let it sit a bit. Mix in specified amount into dye. Since my pants had Zero cotton content, I doubled the recommended vinegar amount to mix in with the dye and water. [Vinegar helps the color set.] I mixed the following: Purple and Navy for Indigo, Purple and Fuchsia for Deep Fuchsia, Orange and Fuchsia for Tangerine. The larger dye to liquid ratio, the darker your color will be, and vice versa. I kept each dye mixture in separate Ziploc containers [if you wash them immediately after use, they won't stain.]
Rule: Lightest color first, and so on; darkest color last. Use a different foam brush per color. I used a water mixture to dilute the dye at times to get a more blurred effect with brush strokes. Apply dye to one side, let dry, flip the pants over, stuff the entire legs with magazine clippings [to prevent the dye from bleeding through,] and apply dye to the other side. Go back over the side seams and inseams once both sides have dried.
Other application tricks: Wear disposable, thin rubber gloves = hand saver. Also, at times I would let the brush soak a bit, so it could drip just a little bit, then I’d flick the end of the brush to create a splatter effect. This is where our vast quantity of doubled-down grocery bags came in handy – carpet came out okay!
First 2 Colors on – Tangerine then Fuchsia
Applying the Indigo Dye
Stuffing the legs with tear outs from a UO Catalog
Note: Colors will appear darker before washing.
To Wash: After they had completely dried over night, I did a Vinegar bath for 15 min [poured a ton of vinegar into a mixing bowl and put the pants in.] I then washed them in the washing machine with 1/2 cup salt added to the water. Both salt and vinegar help the dye to set. Be sure to hang dry. More tips here: http://www.ehow.com/how_7490362_set-tie-dye.html