DIY | Colorful Cigarette Pants

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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!

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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).

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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!

This was such a fun project, I can definitely see myself making more pants- in all of the colors of the technicolor rainbow!

19 Responses

  1. Ashlee says:

    Look at you! Those pants look awesome and has me itching to DIY a pair of my own (because I, too, have been craving a pair of candy colored trousers). Being a college student I don’t exactly have the cash to indulge my need for peach or lilac pants that run north of $20! Haha. This has me inspired!
    Amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing! <3

  2. they turned out terrific!! awesome idea and execution. :)

  3. They look splendid! I am very inspired!
    Anna

  4. What a wonderful job! They look perfect!

  5. I LOVE dying clothes! It’s still magical to me, no matter how many times I do it :)

  6. kelsie says:

    you are so beautiful!

  7. Anna D. says:

    WOW! What a steal! Your pants turned out super cute and the colour is lovely! I’ve only dyed a shirt once [girl-scouts days] and it was tie-dye. This project makes me want to try the whole dying process again! Knowing I can choose whatever colour I want and do it is so much better than relying on manufacturers to make it for you. Especially since everything I want is almost always out of my budget. I just can’t get over how absolutely stunning you are in those pants!

  8. Lin says:

    You look so lovely! All the best to you and your (soon to be) little family <3

  9. danielle says:

    ooh la la! love that pink!

  10. Jeanette says:

    Wow! Thank you for that idea, your pants look lovely!

  11. Lisa Hall says:

    What a cool idea! I’ve never thought of dyeing using my washer.
    That seems much easier than the “bucket” method I use.
    Do you ever have any problems with leftover dye ruining any light clothes?
    I don’t know how that could happen, but I was just wondering.
    Thanks for a great, cute idea!
    Lisa H.
    lisastuf.blogspot.com

  12. youre a genius! What a great idea!!!!

  13. danielle says:

    how fun and crafty!!

  14. What a cute idea! And they look amazing.

  15. Courteney says:

    Love this! I’ve been looking for a pair of coral pants, but haven’t been able to find a pair for a good deal yet. Maybe I’ll just make my own… ;)
    http://thetitledblog.courteneyrodda.com/

  16. Ah! These look fab! And so do you, mama. Glowing!

  17. steffy says:

    they came out so cute! i love the pink!
    Xo,
    steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  18. Jamie says:

    I’m not too adventurous with my wardrobe, but wow, you rock those pink pants and make me want a pair!

  19. Umm…genius. And so cute! :) Off to search for white clothes on the cheap to dye…he he. You’ve inspired me!