Monday, June 20, 2011 | Around Town
Denim is a durable and comfortable fashion friend to many of us, but our much loved yet underappreciated jeans will no longer play second fiddle to stunning blouses and tops. Denim is getting a turn in the spotlight this spring and summer. Blue jeans are a classic must-have for any wardrobe, but on the runway, denim is currently being used for dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, blazers and pretty much any other piece you can imagine. Chunky, box-shapes with simple lines make a great contrast with feminine buttons, shoes and bags. Natural, medium blue denim is what’s hip right now, and lately, dip dyed denim (Denim dipped in a bleach mixture to fade the fabric from blue to white.) is getting popular with designers.
If you have a pair of jeans or an old denim piece that needs a modernized makeover, there’s no need to trash it and buy brand new stuff. Dip dying old pieces can give them a trendy, light look that will tie nicely into summer fashion. Here’s what you’ll need:
Jeans or shorts
Plastic gloves (Safety first!)
A plastic bucket (at least 2 gallons)
A yard stick or a couple rulers
Distilled white vinegar
Here’s how to do it:
- Mix two parts water to one part bleach in your bucket.
- Thread your yard stick/rulers through the belt loops of your jeans.
- Dip your denim into the solution to the desired depth, resting the rulers/yard stick on the bucket. Keep in mind the bleach may bleed upwards, so allow an inch of leeway for the effect.
- Let the denim sit in the bleach solution for thirty minutes.
- Once your denim has reached the white shade you desire (Whiter whites may require more than one dipping session.), remove the fabric and soak them in a mixture of two parts water and one part vinegar to stop the bleaching.
- Let your denim air dry completely. Wash and dry your new masterpiece alone for the first two washes.