Thursday, July 5, 2012

DIY: Dip-Bleached Shorts Tutorial

Hello and welcome to my latest DIY, or DTSY (do that s*** yourself!). I'm sure many of you have figured out that ombre...everything is a huge trend right now and has been since last summer. Ombre hair, ombre tops, ombre shorts, ombre everything! Today was the last day of my junior year, so what better way to start off the summer than with a DIY?

Before we get started, let me warn you: make sure you do this outside! It sounds dumb but my brother and I had a bad experience with bleach fumes (sore, scratchy throats) when we did acid wash jeans inside the house...don't laugh!

You'll need: 1. a pair of jeans or shorts (preferably denim) that you don't mind losing in case of a mistake 2. a pair of scissors 3. bleach and water 4. a bucket 5. a clippy hanger or a skinny pole that can fit through the belt loops of your shorts 6. an old towel, old sheets, or somewhere for it to hang and dry (outside) 7. white vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar) and OPTIONAL 8. sand paper and an old toothbrush

 Your first step is to mark and cut the shorts. If you've ever done this before, you know what to do. If not, you should try them on to see where to cut or use a different pair of shorts for length reference. After that (and this is where the optional tools come in) you can distress them, make holes, make scratches, etc. with a sheet of sandpaper and scissors.

After you've done that, you'll need the bucket, bleach, and water. I didn't measure exactly how much bleach and water I put, but it was about 1" of water and about 1" of bleach. Next you use either the clippy hanger (for lack of a better term lol) or the skinny pole to suspend the shorts over the bucket.

I left them in for about half an hour-40 minutes, checking up on them every 10 minutes. This is what they looked like when I first took them out of the bucket.

I let them lay out for roughly 10 minutes (5 minutes on each side), then I hung them up on a clothing pole in my front yard for around 15 minutes. This was the result.

After doing that, I wet the toothbrush with bleach and brushed around the edges where the actual color meets the white part. I didn't do this too much so it didn't affect the look of my shorts, but if you do it more it helps the ombre look more gradual after you put them in the wash. Here is where I did the fraying with the sandpaper as well.
To stop the bleaching process, you should use white vinegar. I used apple cider vinegar. I believe the difference is just what effect it would have on the color. It didn't have any effect here. I simply poured some of the vinegar over the shorts in my kitchen sink and then rinsed it out. After that, put them in the wash and dryer (I also put a bit of detergent in with them) alone. Emphasis on alone.

Here's how they looked after taking them out of the washer and dryer:

And here's how they looked after I studded them! They didn't turn out perfect but I love them anyway.

What DIYs are you doing this summer?


  1. Cute! I like the stud detail...nice job.

    I'm in the process of thinking of new diys so I can't say.

  2. they turned out awesome! love the color

  3. Those are amazinggggg!!
    I remember seeing a pair of ombre shorts from Gap that I absolutely loved, but they were so expensive. I think I need to try that with an old pair of my jeans.


  4. =) i just did a post on ombre trend. I need to try this DIY!
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  5. Very very nice they look like a pair you'd see selling for a lot of money!

    P.s - this is one of my new found fave blogs :D

  6. These are awesome, I definitely want to try this!

  7. oooh love this DIY! those shorts look so good :-) lovely blog, deffo following! xo

  8. I just LOVVVVE this DIY!!!! How cool! We just bleached out a dress a few nights ago and it looks sooooo goood! We just did a diy too...painting a denim vest in a colorblocking way---superhero inspired! HAppy SUMMER gorgeous! fabbb diy'ing!!!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  9. Seriously you are so cool! These are unreal, love the red, as opposed to the usual blue denim!

    x Carlina
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  10. U have such an amazing blog!
    And u are very creative as well.
    Love how you dyed this shorts, it's a lovely DIY!
    Guess I am just too lazy to do this stuff.

  11. Nice!!!! would love to get a pair of those :)
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  12. This is RAD!!!! I love the red color :)

  13. WOW! I really, REALLY love this look! The red looks fierce! Definitely need to do this before summer is over. Thanks for the tutorial! New follower over here :)

    If you have a few minutes to spare, feel free to check out my blog! Thanks and have a great day!!

    neha made

  14. Cute shorts,loving the color. Thanks for sharing this amazing DIY :)

  15. I love love love love love those. I love them. I love them. Can we just talk about how much I love them? Your blog is phenomenal. Where'd you get those studs?


  16. @CameliaHaha thank you! The studs are actually from an old studded belt I never really wore!

  17. nice post:)
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  18. this looks amazing! this is the first time I've seen a dip dye diy using such a rich blood red, but it looks incredible <3

  19. wow love those pants they turned out great!! Gotta try this as well you smply used bleech right? And yeaaah about the 'inspired' YSL Arty Rings i love them so much! But yours is still the presttiest gotta look for that on ebay ;)


  20. Nice idea!!! Interesting blog and awesome style!!! Love it!
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    the scent of glamour

  21. OMG I love these shorts really well done :)

    p.s forgot to click follow ! DId it right now ;)



  22. The colour turns out so great!!! You make me want to try DIY ~~ xd

  23. Great idea!!! shorts look stunning;) cool style you have and I'm your new follower now via GFC:) hope you follow me back!

    xx alex

  24. the only DIY i did this summer was i fringed top =) ... Ps love your blog and your style!

  25. ah woow! LOVE those tie dye shorts! great DIY post! :)

  26. The shorts is amazing!

    - True

  27. love this! xx


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