I have a confession to make. Since last spring, I’ve had two pairs of red ankle pants. That’s right, two. Why? Because one tragic spring day after a washing machine mishap, I discovered a series of black stains all over my original pair.
Not gonna lie, there were tears. So many tears that my husband called around the various Macy’s stores in the area, tracked down the very last pair of these ankle pants available in my size, put them on hold, and drove down to pick them up for me. So sweet! ♥
I then folded up the stained pair to store in the back of my closet shelves and told myself I would try to dye them later, once I got over the traumatic experience. I don’t think I’m able to adequately express how much these red ankle pants have helped my self-confidence and personal body image this past year. You have to have confidence to wear bright red pants!
I knew I loved the shape of these pants, which were my very first pair of ankle pants, so I figured that to try and salvage them in another color, I would only be out the price of some dye (and time). So earlier this month, I finally tackled that project by buying two bottles of black Rit dye.
I followed the instructions on the bottles (which you can also read online here), even pouring a cup of salt into the dye mixture before soaking the pants in the sink. I then stirred the pants for 25 minutes in the hot water and rinsed it in hot water, gradually lowering the temperature of the water until it was cold and rinsed clear. I then hung up the pants in the shower, placing a bucket underneath to hold drips.
The initial result? I knew it was a long shot that the red pants would be stained a true black. And indeed, they ended up a deep brownish burgundy instead, kind of like a blackened wine color — ooh, I found the word for the color, brandywine — which looks really interesting in person. The best part was that the stitching (and zipper) stayed red, which added a cool, tailored element. The color is consistent throughout — which I was worried about — and no signs of the offending stains.
I’m going to try these out as is, and see how I continue to like the color. I might try to dye them again and see if more black dye will deepen the color.
Question for readers: Has anyone tried a second round of dye on an item of clothing? Is it worth even trying? Please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks in advance!
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