Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fashion woes

We all have had those items...the ones we love so much, and wear so often, that we literally wear them to pieces. Today, I realized that I'm facing such a problem with one of my top 10 closet items: my black skinnies. They're structurally intact (thanks, The Limited, for making quality clothes!), but they've been washed half to death and are somewhat faded. Or a lot faded. Exhibit A:


This what the pants looked like around the time I first bought them. This photo is from July.

These photos were taken in February (top) and March (bottom). See anything different?

So I've decided to take what is, in my mind, the ultimate risk. I'm going to dye my pants black. I've decided to use RIT dye, as I've seen a number of tutorials on dyeing clothes with that, and now just have to decide on a method: giant metal tub on the stovetop, or washing machine. I'm leaning toward washing machine, but I'm kind of nervous about residual dye that might ruin the next load of laundry that Matt or I do.

Have you ever used RIT to dye your clothes? Any tips? What method did you use?

(P.S. If you're looking for the "where I bought this" citations for the photos, just click the image and it'll take you to the original post.)


  1. bold move friend, bold move! Definitely let me know how it goes

  2. I've done both ways multiple times. The washing machine is 'less work' but make sure you have a load of rags/old painting clothes to run in the washer afterwards. With a little bit of bleach added in. I still had something ruined something once after running the 'rinse out' load, so now I always do it in the stainless steel kitchen sink. Clean up is much easier than the stove top way.

  3. Never tried it! You'll have to let us know how it goes!!

  4. I've never used RIT dye, but I'm planning on trying it for the first time this weekend! I'm going to have to do mine in the stove because I'm going to attempt to dip-dye a skirt red, which may or may not end in tears. Best of luck!


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