So here’s the deal…
I bought a pair of turquoise colored skinny jeans. Because I loved the colour and thought it could be my concession to all the pastels going on right now. My colouring doesn’t really allow for pastels so thought the jeans would be okay as my bum is pretty far away from my face…and getting further away each year!
Trouble is, I don’t really have anything the right colour to go with them and I just can’t come at putting something that bright on my big bum! Now I’m in a pickle, I have these jeans in the wardrobe, that I’m not likely to wear but I can’t just give them to the Salvos because in my heart I’m not ready to part with them, because they remain unworn.
Along comes my 90 days in the wilderness challenge and as I can’t buy anything but still want to find a way to wear some kind of pastel, I need to get creative. You know, I really would like a pair of flowered skinny jeans, or maybe some kind of printed pair…but I couldn’t find any before I started the challenge and as I am only 1/3 of the way into it, and still avoiding all “cool” shopping experiences, I haven’t been looking to see what is available.
*Light Bulb goes on over head*
But wait! Maybe I can be creative and “make it work”, thank you Tim Gunn for being so inspirational!
I haven’t done this in a couple of decades, but what about tie-dye?! I’ve seen them in a few photos and on a few of the online shopping sites that I frequented before the challenge began (honestly, I still frequent them I just don’t purchase in the middle of the night like I used to!). Perhaps I could give it a go. What’s the worst thing that could happen? I still don’t like the pants enough to wear them? I think I’ll risk it.
What will I need…
- Heavy duty rubber bands
- Bleach – enough to cover the jeans
- a bucket – or a dedicated sink to let them soak
- time and patience (the most difficult item to acquire)
I have begun by bunching up small sections and wrapping it with a rubber band. Continuing this process over and over.
Eventually, you will end up with a big wad of fabric wrapped in rubber bands. I looked to see if there were any spots that looked to have too much open space and added more rubber bands as needed.
I had estimated the time in the bleach to be about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I had expected that the areas exposed to the bleach would be the areas that turned white and as they would be easy to see changing, I would easily see when the pants were ready…
…but I was wrong. I let the pants soak for two hours and didn’t see any change at all. So I let them sit for another two hours and still nothing. I was a little disheartened and it was getting dark. So I let the failed experiment sit outside all night, hoping for a morning miracle.
And still I was disappointed. I thought the colour of the bleach had slightly changed and there may have been one small spot, but that looked to be it. As I work tonight, I thought I better get on to cleaning up my mess and hoped the pants weren’t ruined so I could wash them and either wear them or give them away.
As I snipped off the rubber bands, imagine my surprise! The bleaching had occurred on the inside areas and under the rubber bands! What an idiot I had been, it probably had worked in the time I originally expected but just not in the way I had expected! Now my concern was that in sitting in the bleach all night the jeans wouldn’t stand up to a wash and might simply dissolve.
As you can see, they survived the wash! I actually think they turned out great and am excited to see what looks I can come up with to go with them! They are much lighter than they started (duh), you can see a couple of dark spots that are the original colour on the left leg about knee level. I think that is kind of cool too because it will remind me of what drew me to them in the first place…the amazing turquoise colour.
- Reverse Tie-Dye (knockedupfabulous.wordpress.com)
- I have never… customised my wardrobe. (neverdonestuff.wordpress.com)
- Creative Juice Re-Craft Book: Tie Dyed Slips (cathiefilian.blogspot.com)
- Trend Alert: Pretty Pastel Jeans (fabsugar.com)