Revamping old clothes can be a great way to create edgy and one-of-a-kind looks. I combined two of my favorite summer trends, dip-dyeing and tribal prints, into one fabulous project! I turned a pair of boring denim shorts into a pair of super, stylin’, swell shorts!
On one side of the shorts trace out the tribal print pattern with pencil.
Tribal print pattern consist of many triangles, circles, and lines. Keep in mind that tiny, complicated patterns will be much harder to draw with a marker and will not look as appealing to the eye. Make your patterns bigger like the one pictured. Be creative! Follow the pattern that I have created if you wish. When done tracing the pattern with pencil, trace over it again in pen so that you can see the pattern more clearly.
Place a piece of cardboard or newspaper in the leg of the shorts (as pictured above) to prevent the shorts from getting unwanted marker stains. Carefully trace over the pattern using the marker. Take your time using the marker because if you make a major mistake here, there is NO going back. DRAW ON!
P.S. Notice the studs on the left pocket for added flair…
Bloggers! Apologies for the long break between posts! Let’s take a poll shall we? Who doesn’t like to tie dye? …Exactly, NO ONE!
Back to the point…while walking through the local Urban Outfitters last week I spotted a gorgeous pair of dip-dyed shorts. The price tag: $50! but but but but…WHY!??? They were so simple looking almost as if I could make them…(lightbulb goes off) MYSELF! I ran to the nearest Forever 21 and got a pair of white denim shorts and picked up some RIT dye at the craft store. I was on my way to becoming the world’s newest dip dye expert!
Plastic Gloves (You don’t want blue hands, eh?)
Mixing Stick or Clothes Hanger
RIT Liquid Dye (I used Royal Blue because I’m fancy like that)
White Denim Shorts (preferably a cotton/poly blend or 100% cotton)
Fill your bucket with 1 gallon of hot water
Put on your gloves on (snap! snap!)
Pour two tablespoons of liquid dye into the water
Mix the water and dye (I used a plastic clothes hanger as a mixer which is questionable…but hey at least it worked!)
Dunk the shorts entirely in the dye mixture and soak for 15 seconds REFER TO DIAGRAM ABOVE
Wring out extra dye from shorts and hang them up temporarily
Approximate and add half the bottle of liquid dye to the dye mixture (Don’t freak out it will not be perfect…but then again nothing’s perfect ;)
Use your mixing device and make sure the dye is swirled into bucket
Hold the hem of the shorts and dunk the shorts in until the end of the zipper hits the dye mixture and hold them there for 45 seconds (Don’t complain, just do it. Sing a song to pass the time along. Wait…did I just quote Mary Poppins?) REFER TO DIAGRAM ABOVE
REPEAT STEP 6! Wring them out, and HANG THEM (That’s right… SEND THEM TO THE NOOSE!…just kidding)
Now add the remaining liquid dye to the bucket and mix it in
Hold the shorts by the hem and dip just the top of the shorts in (until the tip of the pockets hit the dye) and leave them in the dye for 5 minutes REFER TO DIAGRAM
REPEAT STEP 6!
Let the shorts sit (hang them by the hem like pictured above) for 5 minutes to let the dye set a little bit before you rinse them out under cold water until the water runs clear
SMILE :) because you are now the proud owner of a spectacular pair of shorts!
I hope you have an un-dyeing adoration for your new shorts! Next time your friend is about to buy a pair of overpriced dip dye shorts just pull up this link and wag your finger at her/him.
Amount I could have potentially spent on Urban shorts: $50
Amount I spent on shorts and dye: $25
Amount I saved: $25 (cha-ching!)
How are YOU going to spend the money you saved by making these shorts? Decisions…decisions…
P.S. Stay posted for a dip-dyed button-up tutorial!