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Refashion: Jeans

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at themI bought these jeans from a local secondhand clothing store because I love the high, snug waist. I hate the boring colour though.

Time to work some magic.

So, to remedy that, I first hung the jeans in the shower and doused them in water

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

then mixed some bleach and water (1/3 water, 2/3 bleach) in an old spray bottle

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

and sprayed the jeans all over.

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

I spent a few hours spraying them occasionally without seeing much result. It’s actually tricky to tell what’s going on when the jeans are still wet, but in retrospect, it was certainly doing something. However, after finally losing my patience, I starting throwing undiluted bleach at the jeans and saw instant results! Notice the colour running off them here?

The bleach was then rinsed off and the jeans were soaked briefly in a vinegar/water mix (about 500ml vinegar in a bucket of water) to stop the bleaching process. Then I threw the jeans in the washing machine and washed as usual.

Once clean and dry, I altered the legs a little, sewing them in on the sides below the knee to give them a nicer fit.

Here’s the end result:

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

I even got whistled at by a car load of guys, despite the fact I had our two preschoolers in tow. As much as I hate that (objectification of women, blah, blah. It makes me angry, let’s not go there), I’m pretty sure the boring jeans I started with had never received that kind of praise before!

offsquare.com | Refashion jeans by hanging them in the shower and throwing bleach at them

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16 Comments

  1. Catherine

    Great re fashion there
    I don’t like the stereo typical wolf whistles either – but – sometimes it does make you quietly feel good 🙂

    • Thanks Elizabeth. I love the look of the bleaching you did. How did you do it? Was it sponged on??

      • I started by letting the bottom the the skirt set in a pot of bleach (and a little water) because I was going for the ombre look. I got a little impatient though, so I added more bleach to the pot and started dipping more of the skirt into the bleach. After I was (finally) satisfied with the bleach, I rinsed the skirt in water and vinegar. The full “how to” can be found here – http://refashionco-op.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-dandy-denim-dress.html.

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