Ombre denim is everywhere right now. Look to any DIY blog worth it’s salt and there are dip dyes galore. But buckets (at least indoors,) can be so intimidating! Today, I’ve partnered up with one of my absolute favorite denim brands, Paige Denim, to show another way to achieve the ombre look… no bucket required! (I don’t know about any of you, but living in New York and not having a back yard, a bucket full of dye or bleach would be one massive disaster.) We’ll get the same look (possibly better as this gives you more control,) using spray bottles (each filled with a different level of dye.) It’s still messy, but it’s a bit more approachable for those of us without an outdoor workspace! I did this (very carefully) in my window ledge, but you could do it in your bath tub or on your kitchen floor – so long as you are careful.
1. Soak your denim in warm water. // 2. Lay flat (I used two garbage bags in my windowsill ledge to protect the window and ensure my pants did not get dirty. // 3. Spray on your strongest dye (my strongest dye was about 1.5 Tbsp of dye mixed with 10 oz. water! // 4. Flip over (very carefully,) and repeat.
5. Spray on your medium level dye (use about half as much dye as the first time around.) // 6. Blend, by spraying more of your level 2 dye over the dye you’ve already sprayed – resulting in an ombre effect. // 7. Flip over and repeat. // 8. Spray on your weakest level of dye (this is just a few drops of dye mixed in with water.) When you are done with that, flip over and repeat.
Once you’ve finished, allow to dry for 24 hours. Then, wash (no detergent,) on cold. I found that one of the (sort of awesome) side effects was that the dye bled into the bottom, leaving them a lilac color. I loved this but if you don’t want it to happen to yours, add salt to your dye, and give your jeans an extra 24 hours to dry before washing.
Voila, you are done… enjoy your ombre denim!