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le vikki
« on: January 30, 2005 02:12:53 PM »

okay, so i have this pair of awesome fitting indigo blue, standard issue denim jeans.
I wanna make them faded grey-black.

I assume I'm going to have to bleach them first and them soak them in black dye. has anyone attempted this? any comments or direction or advice or tips or what have you? i'm particularly worried about the bleaching part, i don't want to screw them up.

Anytime I dye something it rarely works out. grrr! i just don't want to ruin these jeans.
hmmm...
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2005 03:01:06 PM »

I would try bleaching them in the washing machine with bleach that is pretty dilute.  Don't try to use too much straight bleach, because although it will make the fabric white, it will also weaken the fabric and make it prone to tearing.  Then if they're not pale enough, you can do it again, but I also think that if you're going to black/grey, I don't think they'd have to be perfectly white before you dye them.

I'm thinking they will probably bleach unevenly, like, maybe less around the thick seams, like near the pockets.  I could be wrong, though.  And even so, I think that would look cool.

I tried to dye some white Hilfiger jeans black one time and they only dyed a pale grey, even with double-strength dye, hot water, and salt.  You'll probably have to just experiment and be ready to go with whatever you end up with.  Also, know that if you're dying, you're going to get one all-over color, it's not going to look like "faded jeans".  Good luck!

Melinda
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2005 03:39:59 PM »

Bleaching may be to hard on the jeans. Use or instead to lighten or remove the color as much as possible. Repeat the process if necessary to get it white.  Then redye it with a color with grey Rit Dye Color.

buy it herehttp://www.ritdye.com/store/powder_color_remover.asp
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2005 03:55:08 PM »

Wow! Awesome! thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2005 05:04:04 PM »

You're welcome  Wink
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