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Style DIY: Adventures in Rit Dying a pair of Rag & Bone Legging Jeans

I love love LOVED the feel and comfort of my Rag & Bone leggings but the colour always put me a off a little.

It was this strange, olive, yellow-toned green that was very unflattering against my skintone (I do better with blue-based greens)..

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I tried to find a shot of the pants before, but I clearly hated the colour so much that I rarely took photos of my wearing the pants.

This is probably the closest to the colour it was in real life:

WHAT I WANTED INSTEAD: The dye job that would achieve this!

…were these instead:

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MY FIRST ATTEMPT: Spoiler Alert – Don’t hot wash the results

So my gloves had a hole in them. I didn’t know until 10 minutes in when I thought:

How odd, my right thumb is occasionally super hot but the left one is fine…

Turns out my glove had a hole in them and my fingers turned NAVY BLUE.

It has been 5 days and traces of it still exist after scrubbing, exfoliation.. *facepalm*

Use gloves without holes in them and check to make sure they aren’t ruined before you start dying.

So I went from this:

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To this.. which I kind of considered a slight improvement:

I had it dyed a beautiful navy blue and then without thinking about it, I threw it in the wash on the HOTTEST SETTING POSSIBLE to… er.. set it??

OMG.

What a stupid move.

It washed out all the dye completely.

What I should have done, was handwash it in cold water with a lot of salt and then handwash it again.

I wanted to cry, I had already spent a backbreaking hour over the sink swishing, and I had JUST finished cleaning the entire kitchen already and I’d have to do it AGAIN.

MY SECOND ATTEMPT: Two rounds of cold hand washing in salt baths

So live and learn, I hand washed it in the sink with a ton of salt, and for good measure, threw it in the washer on super cold with another ton of salt.

COMPARISON SHOT

Side by side, Attempt #1 and Attempt #2.

OVERALL RESULT OF MY RIT DYE:

I am pretty pleased with the results. I used RIT Navy dye and it turned .. navy!

It isn’t quite this kind of navy blue, it is more of a midnight navy blue but I am pleased nevertheless.

Things to remember:

  • WEAR GLOVES AND MAKE SURE THEY DO NOT HAVE HOLES IN THEM
  • Rit Dye in Montreal Canada is sold at Michael’s and costs around $7
  • In general, read the official instructions ONLINE not on the bottle which is too small to hold all this info.

Here are my tips:

  • Have a lot of salt on hand to set the colour.
  • Only dye natural fabrics not polyester. Cotton, is your best bet.
  • Use a plastic tub that is a very dark colour (I used navy) because it will get stained
  • Do not attempt to dye anything in anything but a metal sink because it WILL dye your counters and anything around it no matter how careful you are.
  • Lay down covers or something on your counters around the metal sink to try and counteract the dye.
  • Use super hot water with the dye (the hottest you can stand, boiling a huge pot of it is best) and then dye with that.
  • DO NOT HOT WASH the dyed fabric after an hour of backbreaking, painstaking, swishing-in-the-tub work in hot water, you need to HAND WASH IT ON COLD with a ton of salt.
  • HAND WASH the results.
  • HAND WASH the results.

I am quite pleased with the results. I got the navy blue I wanted, in hindsight I should have maybe mixed a little cobalt blue in there to make it less midnight navy, but.. YAY!

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4 Comments

  1. Meredith Seiser

    I clorox my hands if I can’t get the dye off.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I don’t own any bleach, as it makes me nervous but I’ll try with Oxiclean next time. Thanks for the tip.

      Reply
  2. SarahN

    Sorry you found it so back breaking etc etc. I suppose I’ve been lucky to use with a white porcelain sink and no real issues – other than the end colour not being to my taste of course!

    Reply
    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Yeah, the mix was not what I expected. Oh well 🙂

      Reply

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