Thursday, September 9, 2010

DIY - bleached jeans

At Pack Rats we not only want to encourage you to buy vintage and handmade, but to also encourage you to MAKE, REMAKE, and do your own thing...

So welcome to our first DIY post!

This is a quick and easy one I did last summer on a pair of red skinny jeans. They just weren't quite skinny enough in the leg and had a silly scrunching effect at the bottom that always kept them in my closet.

Turns out altering the leg of your jeans into super skinnies is pretty easy. All I did was turn them inside out and placed a pair of my favorite skinnies on top. Matched the outer seams of the legs on the two pairs and drew a chalk line along the inner seams (the one that runs along your inner thigh and calves) of the pair being altered to show the amount that needed taking in. Sew along the line and they're done.

Maybe 20 minutes tops.

But here we're going to focus on the bleaching. Using bleach on your clothes is an easy way to achieve a tie dye effect without the messiness of dyes, though that's not the only look you can achieve. For example, Sarah over at Silence Sweetheart was inspired by these amazing galaxy prints from Christopher Kane's Resort collection:

christopher kane

and used bleach and a black tee to create her own version:

silence sweetheart

check out her DIY here.

But back to the bleached jeans.

I was going for a look similar to these from Madewell, a sort of tie dye scrunchy effect:


What you need:


Spray bottle
Rubber bands

Attach bands in random intervals on front and back...

Keep going till they start to look something like this...

Now. Pour bleach into your spray bottle and spray jeans till they start to
look wet. When bleach starts to take effect wait a minute or two and remove
the bands. Step back and admire and then spray any additional spots where
you think you may want more splattered/bleached areas.

When it looks about right, throw them in the washer and run em through the cycles...

The finale*:



Way better than the baggy shapeless things I started with - though honestly, it's still hard to find something to wear them with, but still - super easy, fun, and satisfying. Maybe I'll drag them out for a day at the shop tomorrow.

<3, Rachael

---- *I dunno. the red frames were my thing last summer. Also, this van in that shady lot behind the West Columbia public library was (and still is) my style icon of the summer:

Maybe when Pack Rats turns a profit I can track down the owner and make 'er my own. Here's hopin'.

1 comment:

  1. Glenn said that was the Space Coke tour bus right there