I’m sometimes (okay often) really bad at explaining how I came up with stuff. I make it, and wear it- and expect that when I show it to you guys, everyone will magically know how I got there. Well turns out my husband isn’t the only person who can’t read my mind!! hehe
So lets talk about my pink skinny jeans – which I officially adore, and I’m so pleased to find out you guys like too!! Well the original inspiration from these jeans of Bunny’s (which if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know I absolutely covet and have bought the exact same pair for Bunny for the last 3 winters in a row). Then when I saw my dear friend Kendi in her red Gap cords I thought I may have found the “grown up” version. But they did not work on me. Like at all. I tried them on in Gap a couple of times, and they just looked shocking on me. And not in a good way. I figure it’s just that red isn’t my strongest colour. But I knew that more pinky version work well on me, so I got creative. I went TJ Maxx and found a pair of white jeans ($5!!). When I got them home I washed and tumble dried them (always a good idea when you buy stuff, because they put chemicals in the clothing to make it look good in the store). Then I took out my favourite shade of RIT dye, “Wine” – and I dyed the pants!! I’ve done a couple of posts on this in the past, but all you need to do to dye something is fill a bucket with really hot water (even hot out of the tap is fine!), mix the dye in well, then submerge the item for a few hours (sometimes you can get away with less). Stir it a few times to makes sure it get’s equally dyed. Rinse till the water runs clear and you’re done! I like to add the extra step of washing and tumble drying them on their own afterwards, just to make sure no dye is left.
Since I wanted to make mine into skinny jeans, I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t shrink on me after I’d cut and sewn them (it’s happened before). So I wore them as boot cuts for a few weeks, and washed and tumble dried them between uses, till I was sure all the dye was set, and the pants wouldn’t shrink anymore. Then I laid my favourite skinnies on top, cut around them on the hem and inside legs (leaving seam allowance) then sewed them up, and hemmed again. Taaa daaaaaa! (it’s kind of a similar project to these leggings I made from track pants)
Wanna know why I think this is a great project? You can perfectly customize your own colour, no-one will have the exact same pants, and for some unknown reason (sarcasm) white jeans seem to be in abundance in thrift stores. I’m thinking turquoise jeans next – what do you think?
Pink skinny jeans: Lee, dyed using RIT dye in “Wine” , and skinnied by me
Cardigan: Gap, overdyed (I’ll show you how I did this next time!)
Top: gift from my SIL
Shoes: BCBG, via TJ Maxx
Pendat: Vintage, family heirloom from my mom