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DIY denim makeover

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I cannot believe the weather we are having in the Okanagan! Average temperatures for this time of month are about 18-19 degrees and we are hitting 25 plus! I am happier than a seagull with a french fry in this sunshine and this is the first time I’ve come inside since 7am this morning. My hubby and I started our day with some great garage saling (I’ll post my goodies soon), followed by a couple of hours in the early afternoon gardening and weeding, and then I spent the late afternoon walking along the lake with my sister with an ice-cold frappuccino in hand! Oh how I love life….

Time for a little diy project. This project transformed several times from beginning thoughts to end result. It started with my favourite pair of dark denim skinny jeans (pictured below). After kneeling down at work so much to help the kids, the knees of my jeans were completely faded out. Originally I bought some fabric dye in a dark denim to re-dye them, but then I had some concerns….

Firstly….. I wasn’t confident it would dye an even color throughout the fabric. Since the knees were already faded, I was worried that the end result would just be a darker faded knee on a darker colored jean.

Secondly…. me? dark dye? white bathroom? I was sure it would look more like a crime scene from a Smurf homicide than a successful diy project.

So… if I wasn’t going to dye them darker, I would bleach them lighter. I have always wanted a pair of pale wash/white jeans but most white pants I find are either too see-through or the fabric is way too stretchy and thin. Nothing is more unforgiving than white pants and I wasn’t in a rush to walk around looking like a before picture for a Spanx advertisement. Since I already loved how these jeans fit and they were a good quality denim, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. No need for a tutorial either. I just filled the bathtub with about 3-4 inches of water, added some bleach (about 2 parts water to 1 part bleach) and let them soak.

It at first they don’t bleach out evenly, just re-fill the tub and soaked them again. After mine soaked, there were still a few spots on my jeans that were a little darker, so I filled a spray bottle with half bleach half water and misted the dark spots and lied them out in the sun. Wa-la…problem solved.

PicMonkey Collage

 Depending on the look you want, there are other ways you could bleach your denim too:

  •  Use a sponge to dab on the bleach
  •  Apply bleach to an old toothbrush, then pull your finger back along the bristles to achieve a splattered effect
  •  Find an old paintbrush
  •  Use an old eyedropper
  •  Use a spray bottle to spray straight bleach onto jeans (this would give them a true tie-dye look)
  •  Or soak the first 3/4 of your jeans in bleach, then 1/2 the jeans, then the last 1/4 to achieve an ombre denim

This is an easy way to transform your wardrobe without having to spend any money! And if you’re looking for a bigger denim overhaul, check out my easy diy skinny jean tutorial. Happy crafting!

How to put on Jeans: 1. Grab belt loops 2. Jump around like a bunny 3. Lunge left 4. Lunge right


Author: Domestic Ingenuity

I am a DIY-ing, crafting, thrifting, baking, sewing, cooking, deal-loving gal with too much energy and a love for creating.

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