Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday- DIY Pastel Jean Pains

Hello all! Here is a Throwback-Thursday that I think is still really relevant! I am still seeing pastel jeans ALL over the place. This post serves to say, you have been warned! haha Hope you all have a great Thursday!!

DIY Pastel Jean Pains
Meredith sent us this pin worth testing, and I thought it was genius, and well she did the work of figuring out why certain things just don't work, everyone say "Thank You Meredith". Here is tonight's Pinstrosity!

The Original

Super cute right! Well, I am not much of a pink person, however I love the idea of a non-traditional jean color, the tutorial on the sight is fairly simple, and yet if you try to improvise on this one it WILL come back and bite you in the butt, here is what Meredith got...

The Pinstrosity

The Break Down:
The tutorial says to use bleach in a large Rubbermaid bin, and has specific measurements  for the bleach (3 cups for 3-4 gallons of water, but I suggest if you are going to do this project go to the original tutorial and read the directions). Meredith didn't have a Rubbermaid bin, so she used her bath tub, but that wasn't working so she switched to a large metal bin, trouble proceeds. Then the cap on her bleach wasn't coming off, so she chopped it off and used WAY too much, more trouble proceeds. Next the metal bin caused rust stains (Are we surprised? Using metal for things like this will almost always result in rust :( sad day.) and so she washed the jeans to try to get the rust stains out. You guessed it, more trouble. The bleach combined with the washer completely thrashed the jeans. The blog says to use quality jeans because the bleach will totally trash lower quality jeans to threads (that results in what we see above!).

How to fix it:
1. Use a Rubbermaid bin, preferably a large one that you might use for storage.
*The original blogger said that the jeans need room to move freely*
2. Follow the measurements of water/bleach ratio.
3.Use quality jeans.
*If you are following the directions from the original blog, you will bleach them three times, not all jeans can handle this process, hence the reason to use good jeans*
4.Follow the directions of the blog, the writer also mentions to soak them in warm water before you begin the process, then she later uses Rit Dye to make them pink, read her directions and then follow them for this one to work out best. her directions were easy, and she seems like she has had trial and error for this one, so she (and Meredith) have done the work for you!!

We would love to hear from you guys, have you done this project? How did it turn out, more trouble? Or did you end up with some totally-awesome-super-trendy-DIY pastel jeans?! Let us know!
Happy Tuesday!



  1. It looks like there's also substantial shrinkage in the original pin, so starting with a pair that's annoyingly loose as-is might be prudent.

    Now Meredith needs to find a use for mangling denim into shreds on purpose and pin it as her discovery. I'm not entirely kidding -- there must be some freaky fiber craft!

  2. I honestly think buying a pair of white jeans and then dying them whatever color you wish would be much easier and safer. Bleach is just too strong for some fabrics.

  3. And yet those are two completely different pairs of pants. The one on the right is in no way the same pair of pants as on the left. Jeans shrink but they don't go from a normal bottom to a tapered one. And there is dark contrasting stitching around the pockets of the pink pair. The stitching would have bleached out too.

    1. I was curious about that too but I clicked the link to the actual pin and it explained the skinny legs/blue stitching.

    2. And here I tought it was me, re the jeans being different. Even cuffing the bottoms won't take away that boot cut.

      The stitching depends on the thread used, some threads won't bleach OR dye.

    3. Ah yes, serging explains it and she's definitely more handy with a sewing machine than I am.

  4. there is also a product by Rit that is a colour remover, I've sprinkled it on wet denim for an acid wash effect & it worked great on denim


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