To start my learning project, I did I DIY that I wanted to do this summer but, naturally, ran out of time before work started back up.
I used a pair of 99% cotton pants from Joe Fresh that are a very coral pink. Here's a link to a similar pair. I love the color but I wanted to make them more versatile for all seasons. To me, coral isn't a color that I would wear in Fall, for example. I chose to dye them denim blue, as the package indicates. I own a lot of black clothing and I am not short of black pants, so blue seemed like a better option. I hope *fingers crossed* that they turn out navy blue and that the color is uniform on the fabric. Here's to hoping! This is supposedly achievable with constant movement of the garment in the water, but who has time for that?! Like any brilliant DIY-er, I let the pants soak in the dye overnight and during the next day while I was at work. I moved it around when I could.
Here's some pictures from the dying process.
Emptying the bin after dying was a process. I knew I shouldn't put the coloured water into the bathtub, but had I tried the sink it would've ended up on the floor, and dumping it on the grass would've looked like a blue-blood murder scene. So, down the tub drain it went. The tub is only (slightly) stained blue. As you can tell from my photos, the prior renter already made a fancy pattern on the tub floor from hair dye, so I didn't feel too bad.
Once I did that, I was scared to wash or dry the pants. So, once I figure out how to do so in a somewhat clean fashion, I will prep my pants to show. I anticipate for next week's blog post, I'll show the finished product from this DIY. I anticipate the color will fade after washing the pants in cold water and drying on low heat.
My intention with this project is not to perfect every technique, but to be comfortable in trying multiple - even if they don't go as planned.