I love me some skinny jeans, especially in a deep, dark black. Unbelievably chic and slimming. What I don’t like? The fading that happens with normal wear and washing.
My favorite pair (the sweetheart cut from Old Navy, amazing fit for us ladies with…um…well-endowed bottoms) was starting to look really faded. Like almost acid wash faded. I left those behind in the early 90s, mmmkay?
I almost contemplated giving them away and buying a new pair, but it felt like such a waste because the fabric is still is good shape and they fit me so well. Plus, I’ve only had them for about 6 months!
A few months back, Melanie over at The Love Library refreshed a pair of black jeans using some dye, and I figured I’d take a stab at it.
I used plain old RIT dye in plain old black. I followed the instructions printed inside the package pretty much exactly. I used hot water straight from the tap in our basement, because if you let it run for a minute or so it gets SCALDING hot. I left the jeans in the dye for about 30 minutes or so, then washed and dried them.
Here is the final result.
They didn’t come out quite as dark as I thought, but I keep reminding myself that they aren’t brand new jeans. They’ll never be “true” black again, but they are pretty darn close. You can definitely see a difference when comparing the before and after photos side by side.
Now, about writing that lecture I’m supposed to give tomorrow night…
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