Reverse Tie-Dye

15 Feb 2012 Permalink

A few posts back I mentioned testing a little something with a beginning-to-fade pair of black skinny jeans…well, friends, I tried it.  The results weren’t exactly what I had planned, but…well…lemme just show you…

I took the jeans and scrunched them up, using lots of rubber bands to hold it all together.  Then (using rubber gloves), I submerged the jean ball into a mixture of bleach and water (don’t ask how much…I just eyeballed.  In fact, I ended up adding more bleach to the mixture after about 5 minutes or so), and mixed it until I noticed a color change that I liked.  After that, I carefully took the rubber bands off and rinsed the jeans in water until the water ran clear.  And then I threw the jeans in the washing machine for a regular wash.


I don’t know what to think of them yet.  Especially since my husband said, “Where’d you get those pants from?” in his so-you-call-that-fashion voice.  But, I’m glad I took a risk, ’cause it’s boring living life in a “what-if” world.

Thoughts?  Comments?  I’d love to hear.  Don’t worry, you won’t hurt my feelings…I work with children.

  • Juggling Chic
    February 15, 2012

    To be honest, I dont know what I think either…..hmmm. I will have to think about it! Don’t get me wrong, I think they look great on you, but I’m still up in the air!

  • Becky M.
    February 15, 2012

    i think they are kinda cool. If you wear them with confidence, i am sure other people will think the same. It is kinda like the whole “worn” jean look. For me, fashion is about confidence that you look good, then you will to everyone around you.

    • aprilgia
      February 15, 2012

      Well put, Becky! Confidence is key when it comes to looking and feeling good!

  • Natasha
    February 15, 2012

    I kinda think they’re cool…and then I kinda don’t know.
    I think they look great with your outfit though!

  • paige
    February 15, 2012

    i like it. it’s different. 🙂

  • FeedingThisFamily
    February 15, 2012

    For you and your style, I love them! They’re different, trendy and upcycled.

  • VanC
    February 16, 2012

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE THEM, April! The color and print effect from the bleaching looks great. Totally unique.

  • Heather, Clearance Couture
    February 17, 2012

    I think they look great!

  • Sarah the Stylist
    February 19, 2012

    The color is great! The effect is totally 90s but I’m not sure I’m digging them, but could see them growing on me…

    Cable Car Couture

  • Lauren
    February 21, 2012

    Sorry but…I LOVE THEM!!! Seriously. I want to do this to some jeans myself! They look like something you’d see on The Sartorialist.

  • astimegoesbuy
    April 18, 2012

    I think they look awesome!
    Just did this process on a pair of bright coloured skinnies and love them much more tie-dyed.
    Good work!

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