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)..
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:
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:
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??
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.
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!
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!
I clorox my hands if I can’t get the dye off.