Are you sick of your old blue jeans? If so, maybe it’s time to brighten them up; How does any or all shades of red sound to you?
Let’s experiment (all natural ingredients that can be found in your backyard possibly or perhaps in your kitchen pantry)-
- Red leaves will give a reddish brown color
- Sumac (fruit) (light red)
- Dandelion (root)
- Beets (deep red)
- Crab Apple - (bark) – red/yellow
- Rose (hips)
- Hibiscus Flowers (dried)
- Canadian Hemlock – (bark) reddish brown
- Japanese Yew - (heartwood) – brown dye
- Wild ripe Blackberries
- St. John’s Wort – (whole plant) soaked in alcohol – red
Getting the Fabric ready for the Dye Bath
You will have to soak the fabric in a color fixative before the dye process. This will make the color set in the fabric.
Salt Fixative (for berry dyes) 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups cold water
Plant Fixatives (for plant dyes) 4 parts cold water to 1 part vinegar
Add fabric to the fixative and simmer for an hour. Rinse the material and squeeze out excess. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.
To Make the Dye Solution
Chop plant material into small pieces and place in a pot. Double the amount of water to plant material. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Strain, Now you can add your fabric to be dyed. For a stronger shade, allow material to soak in the dye overnight.
Place wet fabric in dye bath. Simmer together until desired color is obtained. The color of the fabric will be lighter when its dry. Also note that all dyed fabric should be laundered in cold water and separately.
Then again if you are not the creative type ( because things are always easier said than done) or just don’t like getting DIRTTYYYY, it might be a better idea to have Denim Therapy take care of the messy work… Check out their latest and greatest new service!
Voila, a new love affair has begun.
– Jackie Racer
Tags: colored denim, DIY
Lindsay Lohan in PRPS
Ashley Tisdale in Siwy
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a wish to the Jean Genie for a pair of this seasons trendy cut-off jeans? Hell, I’d ask for every premium jean from here to Tokyo! Since that isn’t going to happen, here’s a way to breath new life into your old jeans. Copy the look that so many celebrities (Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Tisdale to name a few) are rocking. Show off those sexy gams of yours and sharpen those scissors of yours.
D.I.Y. instructions to create your own Jean Shorts
(Source – Life & Style):
Tools needed: Tape measure, pen, scissors.
Step 1: Mark the length on the midthigh, adding an extra 1/2 inch for fraying.
Step 2: Cut straight across the legs with sharp scissors
Step 3: Machine-wash and dry to encourage frayed edges. the more jeans are washed, the more the fabric will unravel.
Tip: To get the best length, lay a favorite pair of shorts on top of the jeans and match up the crotch seams. Cut along the hemline.
PRPS Ladies cut-off denim short in Splatterpop, $349 (as seen on Lindsay Lohan)
Siwy Camilla cut-off shorts in Superstition wash, $168 (as seen on Ashley Tisdale), $168
America Eagle Destroyed denim cut-off short shorts, $34.50
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: American Eagle, Ashley Tisdale, Celebrity Pink, DIY, Jean Shorts, Lindsay Lohan, PRPS, Siwy