DIY | Dip Dye Ombre Denim

3.24.2012
I can't get enough of color pop on denim these days and to continue tie dye week here on SwellMayde, I did another version. Zara has been pretty on point with their designs and lookbooks lately and I was inspired by one of their dip dye pants (here). It's a great way to update a white pair of jeans for Spring... in a subtle, cool way.  Plus, it's so easy. Full tutorial after the break...

Materials:
- white denim (I bought an inexpensive pair from Target here)
- RIT dye in royal blue (here) (NOTE: add a bit of black dye for a darker shade of blue)
Steps:
1. Follow the steps on the RIT dye package to create your dye bath. Start out with a light shade of blue, by only using a small amount of royal blue RIT dye.  Quickly, dip your jeans in the dye bath.  I dipped it just a bit past the front pocket scoop and remove quickly.
2. Next add a bit more royal blue RIT dye to create a deeper blue color.  If you would like a darker blue, you can also add a bit of black. Then, dip only the upper portion of the jean and hold it there for one minute to let the color saturate.  Remove from the bath, and let it hang dry.
NOTE on Washing:  I recommend setting the dye before washing. Detailed instructions on setting the dye to prevent bleeding can be found : here. Also, remember not to wash with other clothes when washing for the first time.  Hang dry to keep the colors bright. More tips on washing can be found: here. I will try dry cleaning after setting the dye to keep the colors vibrant. 

20 comments:

(that's so) raven said...

So classy, yet edgy - I'm loving this!!! <3

xo,
raven

Anonymous said...

another great diy!! so easy n chic too!!

HeyDahye said...

So cute!! Love the unique touch it gives.

Tara said...

This is so cool! I love the dual tone :) Did something like this except used blue jeans and bleached them gradually :)
xx

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Amanda {feast.fashion.faves} said...

yaaay, I really love how these turned out!! the light blue to dark blue is so beautiful! and I love how you paired the red top with the skinnies!!

<3Amanda
feast.fashion.faves

ftashion said...

This is so cool! Love that jeans!

Fang Ting
ftashion

Jen said...

love this!!! turned out so cool!!

The Aquarians said...

These turned out amazing! I love how the stitching remained white. I did a little ombre dyeing myself last week, feel free to check it out on my blog if your interested!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Oh these are awesome! I always love your diys!

Mandy Crandell said...

Very cute!

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Catalina Arzani said...

Adorable!!!! Love it!!

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Lenusik Velvetrose said...

fine idea!

Crissy said...

I have got to try this one out soon!

Anonymous said...

wonderful job!!!

Girl Lilikoi said...

Hi Aimee, thank u for the lovely comments, Im glad I spread some travel bug to u= ) WOW this is damn cool! I think I will try and made one, had been hunting for a gradient jeans. Thank you for the awesome tips! U rock! Followin u on gfc, bloglovin and fb dear, I will sure stalk ur blog for awesome DIY tips


Nuke

www.girllilikoi.com

Amy said...

Hi Aimee, thanks for the inspiration. I had a go with a pair of my own old white jeans!
Love them and the blog
http://furiousbakesandmakes.blogspot.co.uk/

Amy x

Gabriela Plasencia said...

Cannot wait to try this!

alpanic said...

now, i know what to do with my white jeans, thanks :*

black chinos said...

So cute!! Love the unique touch it gives.

Emily711 said...

Gah these are perfect. Love them.

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