Tuesday 17 May 2011

Tutorial: DIY Bleached, Dyed & Studded Shorts

I loveee customising clothes, especially shorts... so thought i'd do another tutorial! Today I am going to show you how to cut up shorts, bleach, dye, stud and frey. Enjoy!
You will need:
  • A pair of old jeans, preferably high waisted ones (old levis, or similar)
  • Fabric dye (I used Dylon in Powder Pink)
  • A bottle of thin bleach (28p for a huge bottle in Sainsburys)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scissors
  • Studs

So here we go!

1) Cut up your shorts to the length you would like them. You can just cut a straight line across, but I prefer to have them a bit longer at the back so my bum doesn't hang out! Keep trying them on to make sure they are the perfect length. Also allow for freying.

 2) Put them in the washing up bowl and pour the whole bottle of bleach over them. It does take a while to work, so leave it for a day. I know it's annoying to wait :( Every now and then put on your rubber gloves and move them around. If you don't there will be dark blue patches.

 3) When they are done, put them in a "rinse wash" in the washing machine to rinse out all the bleach. On mine the option is "Freshen up/rinse". Put them in separately, on their own.

4) Now fill up the washing up bowl with cold water, enough to cover the shorts. Pour in the sachet of powder dye and stir it. Put your shorts in and leave them for about an hour. Make sure to move them around (wearing gloves) every now and then so the colour is even.

5) When they are done, leave them to dry on the washing line or on an airer. They should now look something like this :) I think this dye is a little too light so next time i'll use a darker one. To frey the edge, get your scissors and scrape along quite roughly and the threads should start to come out. Then pull them down untill they are long. You might want to put them in the wash now, as this will frey them a lot more and make them look nicer. It might also fade the colour though, so it's up to you :)

6) Now to stud :) Studs have little legs, which you poke through and fold down. So take your shorts, and stud to your heart's content! I'm putting mine in lines so the back looks like this. Try and keep them as neat/straight as possible.

7) This is how I did mine, I think it turned out okay! My shorts are now complete :) Wasn't that easy?!



Tara said...

I tried bleaching my shorts till they were completely white and when I dyed them the fabric just ripped apart. They were really nice jeans to begin with. :(

Anonymous said...

I wish I had a washer of my own to do thissss. but I do love personally studding and spiking! great post!

XO Sahra

Olivia said...

i soaked mine in bleach for 15 minutes and they deteriorated in the rinse cycle. less time in the bleach the better. ***the bleach used by this girl was "thin bleach". take note of that. with regular washing bleach, soak for about 9 minutes?

Roos' notes | Roos said...

these are SO amazing!

Charlotte said...

wow love them! great job xx

Anonymous said...

they look incred. defo guna try this.

Katrina said...

I love this on so many levels. I've got to try it. You're great!


Carla said...

bellissimo! è davvero molto carino! hai tanta creatività complimenti!
it's dE Li CiOUs!
nice to meet you!

Anonymous said...

I love this! Could you take a look at my DIY shorts that I did

http://rageaboutfashion.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/dip-dye-studded-levis-diy.html xx

Pretty Bow Peep said...

Where did you get the studds from? having real bother finding them in any of my local textile shops :( xx

Judy said...

I've never dyed anything, i really need to try it!
Love this tutorial :) xx

Unknown said...

hey tara!
I host an online shop, and as I was experimenting with shorts making i tried bleaching it to a full white max, when I took the shorts out of the bleach (after 10-30 minutes or so) they completely ripped. This is because the bleach is way to harsh, try dilute it in some water or dip the shorts in, leave it for 1 minute in the non-diluted bleach then pop it back out, dilute it in some water then leave it in for about 2-4 minutes
Hope this helped!

Jess said...

Way cool! Totally going to try this out when I get hold of some of my old scummy jeans. Thanks!


Intern said...

Everything would be better if more people were like you! This article is beneficial for a person like me who is eagerly looking for some good thoughts, I must invite my friends to have a butchers at this. I have laundry for you, I hope you see it as a good thing.

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