Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ombre DIY Shorts

Although we have upgraded from our pipe cleaner and glue stick elementary days, I think we can all agree that one is never too old for arts and crafts. Luckily for us fashion students, everyday we are given the opportunity to express ourselves through clothing and what better way than through some unique pieces that we have made ourselves. As spring approaches I thought I would share with you guys this super easy DIY than can turn a old pair of boring shorts into a stand-out piece. I made these for myself last summer and absolutely love them! Not to mention that it's a super easy DIY, bonus.

All you need is:
- A pair of old solid wash shorts or jeans (can cut to desired length)
- Rubber gloves (that's sexy)
- Plastic Bucket
- Bleach and Water solution (1/3 bleach, 2/3 warm water)
- Paint stick to mix the solution

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First pour your solution of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 warm water into a plastic bucket and mix with an old paint stick. Take your shorts (or pants that have been cut to desired length) and slowly dip into solution. Dip about half way up the shorts and let soak for approx. 15 minutes (some jeans will take less or more time depending on dye and shade). Once you have reached the desired middle tint, lift shorts slightly out of solution and let ends soak for longer until desired colour. 

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Here's a shot of the finished pair.

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 And a closer look at the ombre.

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This is depressing. I want summer.

- Sarah Cork 

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