DIY | Tie Dye Denim (Part 1)

3.19.2012
This DIY kick starts my tie dye week (another version to come) and just might be my most favorite DIY yet!!  As I was perusing the latest Elle magazine, I saw an ad for Paige denim.  It was for a beautiful pair of tri-colored tie dye jeans (Paige Toulouse Verdugo Skinny).  I have been on a color obsession lately and had to have my hands on these. The price was a little out of reach for me, so I thought I would take a stab at it myself. The steps were pretty simple.  Full tutorial after the jump... (Note: I added tips on color and washing/dry cleaning)
Materials:
- white skinny denim (I bought an inexpensive pair from Target here )
- RIT dye (denim blue, wine bordo, and petal pink)
- sponge brush

Steps:
1. Follow the steps on the RIT dye package to create your dye baths.  (I never quite use the whole package, and divide everything by 2... to create smaller, more manageable baths)
2. Using your sponge brush, paint strokes on the front side of the jean.  Start with the lightest color. I used petal pink. Note: I added a bit of tan to get a more coral color.
3. Paint strokes with the next darkest color on the front side of the jean.  I used wine bordo. Note: I added a bit of denim blue to make it a bit more magenta.
4. Paint strokes with the darkest color on the front side as well. I used denim blue. Note: I added a bit of wine bordo for a purple tint.
5. Once, the front side is fully painted, let dry and follow steps 2 through 4 for the back side.  Do not forget about the side seams, paint strokes to connect the front and back sides.  Let dry!  Try on and dance!!  You now have fun pair of tie dye denim!!  Swell done!!

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.  I'd love to hear anyone else's suggestions.
 NOTE on Color: Please note that I mixed dyes to create a color that I wanted. See steps 2 - 4. I have a closet full of RIT dye and mixed in what I already had leftover from past projects.  A tip I have for creating dye colors would be to mix in a dye a little at a time until you are happy with the result. Also, adding less dye and more water is a great way to achieve a lighter shade.  Then, have a rag or scrap muslin that you can test the color on first beforehand. Have fun!  It's like being a color scientist! :)
( Outfit : Zara button up, DIY tie dye denim (Mossimo white denim), Forever 21 heels similar: here )

43 comments:

Mangotatoes said...

these look amazing!

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

they turned out so great! I love how you brushed on the dye! they look almost identical to your inspo!!

also, do you give your photos the round edges with photoshop?

<3Amanda
feast.fashion.faves

Miki's scrapbook said...

Your pants look amazing! Great tutorial ;D

Miki.

Enkntos said...

I like that jean. All the colours. =)

Maybe you can see my blog Enkntos:
http://enkntos.blogspot.com/
Thanks.
Grettings ;)

Tara said...

I love this! Didn't know that's how you get the effect :)
xx

www.queenoffunkydiy.blogspot.com

TrousersShoesandSkirts said...

This is SO amazing! I would Love to try it on denim shorts. I just hope I can find RIT dye here in Germany somehow.

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runawayfromtrouble said...

wow! i'll try these on shorts! :D

Val - A Cleaner Closet said...

Incredible! And I absolutely love the details on the denim shirt. These two pieces are fabulous together!

A Cleaner Closet
New DIY - Silk Crop Top

Pich and Roor said...

HOW FANTASTIC ARE THESE?! Wow, I think I might even like yours better that the originals :)

Dana said...

absolutely fabulous!

Crissy said...

One of the best diy/recreations! :D

Megan said...

I think I'm heading right to Target to get some white jeans to try this on. Also, how do you wash this after you've painted on the dye?

Vanessa said...

I just gasped. These are totally awesome!!!

Antonia said...

If I didn't know any better I never would have guessed these were DIY. Never.

Allison Young said...

Those pants look amazing!!! Awesome DIY project.

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Serendipity Max said...

:O these are amazing. Love what you wore them with too.

xx

Marloes said...

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

adorbs!!! chic and the stepss look so simple!

Matter Of Style said...

very beautiful! they're so cool!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Holy cow, I love how these turned out! It almost looks like abstract floral, so pretty!

Deadly Inlove said...

awesome, you always have something great to share!!

I made It Myself said...

hi!! great blog!! i follow you now! i have a blog about DIY too, here's the link if you want to take a look :)

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Tealia Carriere said...

OMG I LOVE YOU I WANT TO MAKE THEEESSSEEE!!!!!!!! thank you for the most amazing post ever!!!

nicola lynde. said...

Very cute. And so in line with all the pretty floral pants scattered around lately!

Nettan said...

they look amazing :) what a great diy x

kate said...

This are wonderful and I would love to make a pair myself.

But how do they get washed afterwards?

Does the dye stay put and not colour the other parts?

Bárbara said...

Congrats! I love the result!! Zara sells one similar to yours!

http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/es/es/zara-S2012/189505/783019/PANTALON%2BESTAMPADO%2BFLORES

Thanks for the "recipe", I'll try it!
B.

Catalina Arzani said...

Amazing!! Great work!!!

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cat chang said...

Omg, these look AMAZING. They look like store-bought! you make it look way too easy! :P

Nuha said...

oh my god- these look amazing!! i want to try out a pair!

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Charlie said...

The result of your pants is sooo great! Amazing idea <3

http://charliessecretworld.blogspot.com

lovely said...

OMG i just fell in love with your jeans! you are soo talented, i could never do it so perfectly
i m happy i discovered your blog and trust me i will come back

kisses from paris

Mona-Lena said...

You are a magician! *__*

Yo y mis Cosotas said...

Great DIY

You are great and also your blog.

I will post this on my blog so my followers knok you.

Kisses from Spain
Lau

Joyce Posas Quirama said...

LOVE IT!!1 YOU ARE VERY CRAFTY GIRL :)
KISSESSS
AND NOW FOLLOW YOU

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alpanic said...

I want it in my wardrobe, thanks for inspiration

Jackie said...

These are amazing!

Emily711 said...

So great! And I already had the dye at home so this is definitely my Sunday DIY for tomorrow! Can't wait. So cute

Emily
emilyp711.wordpress.com

Nicole said...

Would this work on white leggings?

Aimee S. said...

Hi Nicole! I haven't tried. Rit dye should work on any natural fabrics, like cotton. If you were to try them on a pair of stretch cotton leggings, I think they would have a more blurred, watercolory effect, vs the brushstroke look that I achieved. I hope this helps! Please email me if you have any other questions.

Candy Coated Culinista said...

I tried these yesterday and it turned out great. Only problem was the remaining white of the jean ended up turning pink. So there is no white demin showing. How did you keep the white parts white? I followed the set the die and eveything in your post but I just have no white. Any tips???

qqq said...

it's not tie dye since no rubberbands were used

neeraj said...

Can't resist myself from checking all you post.These ideas are really helpful.

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