DIY Ombre Denim Dyeing

First off, I apologize for getting this post up so late in the day. You’ll have to bear with me today and tomorrow as I’ll be on island for Taste of the Vineyard, an annual event I’ll share more about Monday.

I’ve been holding on to these Rock & Republic white jeans for a while, but the bottoms ceased to be “white” long ago. Long inseams are great when you’re A. a giant (like me) and B. wearing heels; but when you throw flats into the equation, the ends are bound to take a beating.

Unwilling to part with these pants because they fit so well, I got the idea to give them an ombre dye job makeover. Technically, they were already ombre, with the bottom hemline being a grunge black, slowly fading into a dirt brown and then a dust tan. But I figured concealing that ombre with a blue ombre fade would be prettier and much more socially acceptable to wear in public.

SUPPLIES

  • Rit Dye (I used Denim Blue)
  • A bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cup
  • Laundry detergent
  • Salt
  • Warm-hot water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill the bucket with warm-hot water, a tbsp of laundry detergent and a handful of salt. I used my bathtub for an easy fill.
  2. Soak the pants completely in the water. Ring out excess water and remove.
  3. Fill a measuring cup with 2 cups hot water and the whole package of Rit Dye. Stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour in ¼ cup of the dye mixture into the bucket. Submerge jean legs into the dye bath up to the point where you want the ombre fade to start. Let soak for 10 minutes. Ring out excess liquid and remove. Add another ¼ cup dye to the bath and submerge jean legs again, this time with a few less inches in the bucket. Soak 5 minutes. Ring out excess liquid and remove. Repeat 3 more times, adding ½ cup dye to the bath each time, and soaking for 5 minutes.
  5. Rinse your newly dyed jeans with cold water until it runs clear (excess dye has been removed). Let air-dry.
  6. To get the full “fade” effect and blend the visible lines dividing each color shade, I then hand-washed the jeans in cold water, being sure to keep the top, white part out of the sink (to avoid color runs).

This technique can be used on denim of any color to create the ombre look. Bye-bye dirty, stained jeans; hello, trendy ombre pants!

Comments

  1. they look awesome. I’ve been meaning to do the same with some good ole white shirts I should have never brought to Colombia.

  2. Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

  3. Sounds great! I have some old white Boden jeans that are a bit off-white at the bottoms now. :/

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