Fade to black

October 29, 2006

Marimekko Dyyni Fujiwo Ishimoto

My stack of jeans, nearly as tall as me, includes several pairs normally excluded from circulation for various reasons -mostly fit, but sometimes just due to the colour. I was ready to drop some old old pairs of hardly worn Paper Denims and skinny Sevens into the giveaway bag because their colour just didn’t end up jiving with reality. Getting rid of jeans merely because the colour isn’t right seemed kind of wasteful, so I thought I would try a little harder before giving up on them entirely. The result is something I thought I should share with those of you who also are on the brink of giving up on ill-coloured denim.

I decided to dye them black. The Sevens were a medium vintage wash blue, but the style (circa 2003, don’t remember the name) is great -a slim and straight cut and the back pocket design the best they’ve done to date. The Paper Denims were also a medium blue, the mod cut in blue fusion.

I bought three packets of wash and dye from the pharmacy and used two packets for the washing machine, but wasn’t satisfied that they were dark enough (they turned out a pretty nice grey, actually), but then hand dyed them in hot hot hot water and a bucket with a single pack to great results -scalding hot water is key, as are GLOVES. They aren’t an overdyed black but are a great midnight blue black. The stitching remained the same colour but slightly darked (most likely due to the synthetic content), but I was glad to have breathed new life into two good pairs of jeans for a mere $1.99 per dye pack.

In other (late-breaking) news:  Creatures of Comfort is offering a 15% discount on all purchases until Hallowe’en.   Also, Oak‘s got a dealing running where for every $100 spent, you’ll receive a $20 gift card for future purchases.  Definitely helpful.  Shop away.

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One Response to “Fade to black”

  1. shin Says:

    i used to dye things black too. though they never turned out quite black. t-shirts. duvee covers. but my favorite was a pair of red converse that i had bleached pink, then tried to dye black which turned into a weird pink-tinged grey. the rubber also took the dye to a certain extent which resulted in a splotchy mess. i then cut them into low tops. ugly. ugly awesome. not haute but hottt. nice blog, btw. i never knew….


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