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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thrifted Jeans ~ Boring Blue to Spring Hue!

When I found (yet another) pair of perfectly fitting jeans via thrift recently, I couldn't pass them up. Because let's get serious here for a moment, perfectly fitted jeans - no brainer, right? Always a must. Not to mention they were $5.00 on the 30% off rack. (I mean, I'm no math whiz, but that's CHEAP.)
But there was something very boring about the wash. Sure, I could still wear them, and definitely would... but I thought, why not brighten them up a bit for spring?

I was really inspired when I saw these ASOS Iggy Bleach Wash Skinny Jeans, which are currently sold out.

I told Noa I was planning on bleaching them up, and she got inspired and decided to join me with a thrift pair of her own!

Enter: bleach.
 We each began with a full quart.
And we let them soak...
 ...And soak. Mostly Clorox and bit of water for good measure.
 It took a few hours...
 But eventually the bleach wash took effect and the colors began to mutate!
(One note: you have to watch the mixure carefully or it can eat right through your jeans!)
Still, this is already a pretty wicked looking result, and it's not even done! At this point, you can take the jeans out of the dye bath when the outlines still remain, which looks really cool.

FYI: (We don't recommend doing this if your denim is older and more delicate because when you hit the white finish, the bleach can actually eat holes into your jeans. However, if the denim is thick it should withstand the bath. Just watch for tell-tale brown marks. If you see a brown spot, remove the denim from the bleach bath immediately and throw it in the washing machine. This will prevent any eating away of the fabric).
Check back in tomorrow to see how we rocked the results! And don't forget to immediately wash your jeans in a regular machine cycle to remove any lingering bleach. (I throw my white towels and dishrags in with them and give it a good swirl!)

Tanya D & Noa B


  1. AH! Love this. I remember trying this, but it did not come out too well.

    Anyway, I look forward to seeing the final result!

    Nicole F.

  2. This is a great idea! I love the concept of your blog. I just purchased a dress from Ebay so you have given me some great ideas!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  3. this is a brilliant idea! i will have to try this out on another pair of old jeans :)
    thanks for your comment!