DIY INDIGO TIE DYE JEANS WITH CHEAP MONDAY
June 6, 2013
Ever since working at a denim wash house while in fashion school, then getting my first design job at a premium denim company, I have have been a true fan of denim. It really is a great canvas that can be transformed in an endless a amount of ways and it really has pushed me creatively to discover all of its nuances. When the lovely team at Cheap Monday contacted me about a DIY collab, I was floored. Being a big fan of their brand, (they offer amazing fashionable jeans at a good price), and having a couple pairs alread in my closet, I knew we could do something really fun! Tie-dye always comes back into fashion every summer, and wanted to do a monochromatic update to last years DIY (here). Indigo creates such a rich and beautiful color, and when I stumbled upon a natural indigo tie-dye kit, I had to try it out. Hope you enjoy! Full tutorial after the break…
– 5 gallon bucket with lid
– gallon bottle
– paint stirrer
1. I followed the steps given in the kit. Fill the 5 gallon bucket with 4 gallons of warm tap water. Set up in a well ventilated room or outside.
2. Empty the indigo dye in the water. Stir until dissolved.
3. While stirring, slowly empty the soda ash and thiox packets into the water.
4. Gently stir in one direction, then cover with a lid. Let settle for about 1 hour.
5. While waiting, prep your denim for tie dye. The kit include rubber bands and wood blocks to play with. I simply twisted one pant leg , and tied each section with a rubber band. I then, mimic then same idea on the other pant leg. I recommend do this very tightly to achieve a nice tie dye look. Wet your fabric thoroughly and squeeze out the excess.
6. Scoop out or push aside the foamy layer at the top, and slowly submerge your denim for one to several minutes. Be sure to wear gloves and not touch any of the dye with your bare skin, it will dye your skin fairly quickly. Remove from the bucket, and let it oxidize for 20 minutes (it will turn blue as it hits the oxygen). Squeeze out excess water, then let it dry for a couple hours. After, I washed it by hand with detergent (in fear that it would dye my washing machine) and hung it to dry. I then, ironed it to set the dye in. To clean the bucket, empty the dye bath down the drain.