DIY | Colorful Cigarette Pants
In accordance with my plans for a pretty pregnancy on the cheap, I didn’t succumb to shopper envy when I saw these cute pink pants at ASOS. Would it be possible to DIY something similar? I wasn’t sure, but I had a plan to try it out. Well, of course, these trousers aren’t the exact same as the ASOS ones, but they certainly answer my craving for colorful legs!
These pants ended up costing a whopping total of $6, if you divvy out only the cost of the portion of dye that I used. I found a pair of horrid flared short kahkis (maternity style) at the thrift store for $3, and purchased some pink & fuschia Rit dye, as well as Rit color-stay potion (as I call it).
First, I layed out the pants and overtop, I layed a pair of stretchy cigarette pants that have a fit I already know I love. Using a water-soluable fabric pen, I traced around the inside of the legs, and used that line as a guide to stitch the inside of the kahki trousers. I stitched two lines of thread, so that the seams won’t bust when I wiggle around. Then I trimmed the excess fabric.
Next I filled the washing machine with hot water, poured in some pink dye and a splash of fuschia. I let the washer agitate for 60 minutes, and then let the cycle rinse and spin. After that, I filled the washer again with hot water, this time using the Rit color-stay agent. After that cycle was through, I tossed the pants into the dryer, and they were ready to wear!