Tuesday, 14 August 2012

DIY Bleached Ombre Shorts

The TWB girls are loving a bit of ombre at the moment! (Check out our lovely ombre post!) So I thought i'd show you how to make the most simple of ombre styles yourself, using only a pair of old jeans and some bleach and water! 


Step 1: I started by trying on the jeans, and marking a line all the way round at the point that I wanted the jeans to be cut. It's a good idea to mark this line an inch or so lower than your preferred length in case of any errors. You can trim it up at the end. Or, is i've done, you can turn up the excess material. 

Step 2: Cut the jeans along the line you previously marked out, don't worry about making this perfect as you can neaten it up later. 

Step 3: Prepare the bleach mix in a bucket (Use roughly 1/4 bleach, 3/4 water). The mix should be roughly 2 inches deep in the bucket. 

Step 4: Wearing rubber gloves, lower your shorts half way into the bucket. Remember to be careful when touching the top half of the shorts with wet gloves, as the bleach will fade colour where you don't want it too! I made this mistake!! 

Step 5: Leave the soak for about 10 minutes before removing and rinsing fully with cold water. You will then need to make the mixture more concentrate by adding more bleach (1/2 bleach, 1/2 water). Lower the shorts in once again, making sure less of the denim is sitting in the mixture this time so you can achieve the gradual ombre look. Leave for around half an hour, depending on how dark your jeans are and how light you want them go. Rinse again. Finally lower the ends of your shorts into a shallow bleach solution and leave for about an hour (again this depends on how light you want them to be!) Finish by rinsing them fully, and putting through a spin in the washing machine. Make sure you only have your shorts in the machine though so you don't end up with a load of patching, bleached clothes!

I finished by turning up the ends of my shorts, but you can also hem them to get a neater edge, or if you'd prefer a more distressed look you can also follow the steps from our previous short post to achieve that look. Take a little look here

Considering this was my first attempt, I was really happy with how my shorts turned out. Ideally though I would have liked the gradual ombre effect to be a little more prominent, although the jeans that I used were a fairly pale shade of blue to begin with which made it a bit tricky! The technique though will work really well with dark jeans, going from navy through to white!

You can also use this technique using pale or white jeans and coloured dye! Just use the same steps, adding the dye rather than bleach to make the mixture in each step darker and more concentrate. 

Experiment with the colours and styles that you like, and we'd love to hear how you get on! 
Lots of love, 


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