+ Dying jeans or pants…purple this time

Although I love the original gray jeans, then the bleached white jeans (tutorial here), I think that I love the purple jeans most of all. Dying jeans or pants is shockingly fast and super easy. The whole process took a good 20 minutes, but the actual dying process took maybe 4 or 5. 
sweater: ae    pants: f21  top: thrifted/refashioned   shoes: trouve   
White or bleached pants (learn how to bleach them here) that are mostly made from cotton
Very hot water
Sink or something big like a sink, or a washing machine
1 cup of salt
Pots to make the water very hot (optional, there other ways)
Follow the instructions on the box, but what I did in detail, which was simplified was…
1. Heat up 2 big pots of water, I got mine boiling.
2. Take out 2 cups of water from one of the boiling pots and mix in half of the bag of Rit dye to let it de-solve (or the liquid accordingly. 
3. Dump the 2 boiling pots of water into a sink, or something like. I found it wasn’t quite enough water, so I add hot water from the faucet. The water was still very very hot. 
4. Pour and stir in the 2 cups of dye and a cup of salt.
5. Wetting the pants with plain water and stick them into the sink.
6. Keep stirring and moving the pants in the dye to keep pants dying evenly. 
7. I kept them in for 4 or 5 minutes.
8. Rinse it out in cold water and quickly through it into the wash and wash it by itself on cold with detergent so the dye doesn’t keep dying your pants. (If you accidentally over dyed, wash in hot water).
9. Dry and wear!


  1. oh my I love these!!!!

  2. what a good idea! Look at that cute little baby bump :)

  3. Congratulations! You look fantastic. Thanks for the great tips on dying. Now off to raid my closet.

  4. i love the purple! LOVE it.

  5. I love this! Looks so good. Thanks for sharing. And you look great!



  6. Been looking for a good tutorial for how to do this… thanks!

  7. WOW! you are so brave! they look so good and so does your bump!

  8. Love Love Love the pants! It seems so easy! I may be giving this a try :)

    Great tutorial!

  9. How gorgeous!!!

  10. Those are amazing! Maybe I will try making mine mint green like the ones I have been oggling over for a while. Your blog is great, I just recently discovered it! Thanks for all of the inspiration.

    sarah @ http://www.prettyprovidence.com

  11. this is such a good idea for the spring. thanks for sharing!

  12. Awesome pants!! I am on a hunt for some light purple pants. Maybe I will make my own now!

  13. I have had this idea in my head for a while now, but I was never sure how well the bleaching would work. I guess I never saw your previous post about it, or I probably would have done it myself by now!

  14. OMG you are pregnant! :) I’ve been following this blog 4 a year or so but I haven’t noticed a thing! Congrats and you look awesome :).

  15. You’re impossibly darling. Love the look!

  16. Ooooh! LOVE!!

  17. Loooove.

  18. LOOOOVE the pastel purple on those jeans! It makes me want to buy coloured jeans :) Love them!

  19. Oh my stinkin cuteness. You are a flippin adorable (and beautiful) preggo lady! love the jeans too! I am very into colored denim this year.

  20. Oh my God :O
    You are pregnant again :O
    I wasn’t on your blog for such a long time… congratulations!!!!
    And I love the new color of the pants :)


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  22. Nice work with the pants! And your belly is looking super cute! Hope you’re feeling well!

  23. i love the purple! and you have the most georgous legs!!!

  24. Perfect!

  25. This just might be the cutest blog post I’ve ever seen. How cute are you and your little guy!?! So glad I found you via CM! I look forward to staying and looking around for a while! Take care!
    The Mrs. and The Momma

  26. lizbit! you are so freaking cute with your baby belly!!!! loves, aesa

  27. Love, love love them!! I had plans to do this but couldn’t find any white skinnies at Goodwill. Not sure I want to dye my brand new ones. Those turned out great!

  28. Adorable picture of you. I can’t wait to try this in blue!

  29. gosh, the two of you are gorgeous!!! great jeans btw!

  30. your photos are absolutely lovely. as are the purple jeans. I’m thinking about dyeing my white jeans red. I want a deep, solid red…much like the trends. I’ve never dyed anything other than t-shirts. Do you think red would be a recipe or disaster, or not? Thanks so much. Great tutorial!

  31. did you use RIT dye?

  32. wow- that is an awesome transformation. it’s going to be hard not to do that to all my clothes now… thanks for posting.

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