Monday, September 9, 2013

Dyeing Jeans

I like my jeans dark...Let's face it, dark wash jeans are more slimming, which in and of itself is enough for me to dye my jeans back to dark wash when they begin to fade. 

I have been dyeing my jeans back to their former glory for years. So long now that my husband thoughtfully puts dye packets in my Christmas stocking! 

To dye my jeans, I use Dylon permanent dye in Jeans Blue. I also like the results when I use one packet of Jeans Blue and one of Navy Blue. I follow the instructions on the packet and choose a nice day to do it outside. The dye will do just what it is supposed to do...dye everything it comes in contact with!! So handle it with care. This dye doesn't need to be boiled, making it so easy to use and I can usually dye three pairs of jeans with two packets of dye.

When I dyed my first pair, I was scared I would not like them but I really had nothing to lose. I wasn't wearing them anyway. To my surprise,  the yellow stitching didn't change color!! Now....that being said...I'm not saying that every pair would do the prepare yourself for the possibility that the stitching will change color.

I stir the dye and garments a lot. I don't want any splotchy spots on my jeans. (technical jargin happening right here people) I can't remember how long I left them in the dye but knowing me, I was distracted and left them for a couple of hours.

Here are the before and after pictures of the jeans. These are identical jeans, bought on the same day, worn regularly and had the same amount of faded wear on them. I purposely didn't dye the ones on the right to show you the difference.There is a definite difference!
When I find a pair of jeans I really love, this is a great way to extend their life in my closet not to mention, it is easy on the wallet.

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  1. I've got a pair of jeans in the back of my wardrobe I used to love but have faded badly, I never thought to dye them! Thanks for posting

  2. I dye my jeans with the same dye but I usually use just navy. I like the idea of mixing the two colours, I think it makes the navy abit softer. I might give this a go next time, thank you!

  3. I've done this too! I used one packet of jeans blue and a packet of black, and got a really nice dark denim color. I should probably think about doing it again, jeans weather is just around the corner.

  4. The before and after pic - is that with the mixture of the navy and jeans blue?

    1. Hi Mim! Yes this is a mixture of the two colors. It is my favorite combo so far. Hope it works for you!