I made sure to follow the directions on the container of black dye. After letting the fabric soak in the dye for 30 minutes, I hand rinsed the shorts. Then to be on the safe side I washed the shorts and dried them.
This is what they looked like once dried.
|They came out brown! With a purplish tone...but mostly brown.|
|I like that the stitching didn't dye. It made for a good contrast|
I wanted my shorts to be about 5" long from the inseam. I plan on making them longer so I can hem and fold them over. I figured an extra 2" would be enough length....but it really wasn't. I would suggest that if anyone is going to try this they add 3" to the length they want.
I cut off any excess and then turned the shorts inside out and folded the shorts over about 1 1/2" and pinned it down.
Then I sewed a straight stitch as close as I could get to the edge.
At this point, I turned my iron on and needed it to warm up. So, while it was warming up, I decided to fix the awful pockets on these pants. They were all huge and the back pockets made me look like I had a lump of poo in my pants. Take a look at the photos to see how big these dreadful things were.
|One of the front pockets before fixing it.|
|one of the back pockets before fixing it.|
|my stitching is not pretty, but no one can see it.|
|the back pocket. Now I won't look like I have a lump of poo in my pants.|
After this, I ironed my pants and this is what I ended up with. I could have left it like this, but my stitching was awful because my bobbin thread was acting up on my first leg I sewed.
See, you can even see where I didn't sew all the way around on that side. So, it's a good thing I was planning on folding the bottoms up. Once I did that, I put a small stitch on each side seam to hold the fold up and two stitches in the front and two stitches in the back to also hold the fold up. I just made sure to not stitch through the top layer. That way, you can't see it. Then, I ironed the shorts again.
So are you ready for the end result and the crazy amount of pictures?
I think I may try to dye the shorts one more time to see if I can get them black, but for now, I like the color that they are! What do you all think?