i have been wanting a pair of polka dot skinnies for a while now, but have been unable to find a pair that i love. plus, there's the fact that i already own (literally) about 15 pairs of skinny jeans in multiple colors, patterns and washes, so i was hesitant about buying a new pair. just kidding, i am rarely hesitant about buying a new pair of jeans! however, because i couldn't find a pair that i loved, and because we committed to doing a diy on the blog every week, i decided to make my own.
i went through my stack of skinnies and found the pair that i would be the least worried about ruining. after all, i didn't have much of a game plan in making these jeans. i guess if i really screwed them up, i could have just bleached them all together and called it a day, but luckily that didn't happen.
if you don't have 15 pairs to choose from, feel free to buy a new pair. after that, all you need is a clorox bleach pen.
stay tuned for a warning about these guys.
initially, i lay my jeans directly on the floor. this really is ok, unless you have a very thin pair of jeans. if that's the case, i suggest putting a lining between the legs of the jeans. mine were thick, so i lay them flat, with nothing in between the fabric. i did (after working on them for a good 20 minutes) decide to lay a towel underneath, just in case the bleach spilled through. a towel is always a safe bet...unless you really love the towel and don't want bleach on it.
so you have the jeans and this handy little pen – all you need to do it just start dotting away. btw, dotting is a real term, i looked it up. keep in mind that this is not a precise way to make polka dots, you will have to be ok with some being bigger, some being rounder, some being uneven. i am very ok with these sorts of things, mainly because i have no patience when it comes to crafting. so, if you are ok with imperfection, dot away!!
i did the whole front, and let it dry overnight. the next morning, i turned them over and did the back. i skipped over the pockets, because, well, my butt doesn't need any more embellishment.
in the end, i used about one and a half bleach pens. i started with one that was in our linen closet, and then frantically texted chris to pick me up another one as i was running out of the first. and here comes my warning....
always use a new bleach pen. apparently bleach pens lose their ability to bleach after a while. i found this out because, after letting the other side dry overnight, the next step of the diy is to wash the jeans.
here is the back after washing...looks great, right?
and here is the front. waa waa. (note the bleached heart and the bottom row on the right...i made those with the new pen which is why they turned out.)
after school special lesson of the day...always use a new pen (and don't do drugs).
(♪♪♫ the more you know ♫♪)
so, i grabbed the new pen and started over on the completely washed out parts. (seriously, bleach? you're bleach, and these are dark jeans. nothing? nothing at all?)
then i washed and dried them again, and voila...polka dot pants! if after you wash them, you notice a few lighter dots, you can always go over them again with the pen. just repeat all steps until you are happy with the results. i am very happy with my results. just like that, i have a "new" pair of jeans!