Dyed Happy

As a little girl, I remember my Nana saying how her father would have his work clothes and his going out clothes. If he were at home working and needed to go to the hardware store, he would change into his going out clothes. Additionally, all the old pictures of my female family members show them wearing aprons in the kitchen. I'm guessing that cheap manufacturing, middle-class wealth, and the notion that we live in a disposable world, changed our attitudes toward preserving our clothes.

Since paring down my wardrobe, I've adopted some of the ways of my ancestors. I have designated certain clothes for around the house, others for going out, and I'm practicing apron wearing. I don't want my clothes wearing out before necessary and I really don't like shopping. If my around-the-house top gets a stain--oh well! It's not that I seek to make my clothes dirty, however, I don't have to worry if a finger-painting venture turns a little messy. You know? These seem like such little steps, but they are saving me money, time, and effort. Of course few things are made well and people do think you are extra crunchy, but I've learned to care far less what others think--especially when it comes to my family and our lifestyle choices.

So when I took a look at my fall wardrobe I was a little disappointed. I had three lovely pairs of jeans. They fit me wonderfully, but they had faded despite washing inside out. So I got the idea in my head that I should dye my pants. I did a quick search and found this very helpful tutorial. Then I headed to Michael's with a 50% off coupon and purchased two boxes of Navy Blue Rit. I dyed my pants and they turned out okay. They weren't exactly even and rather too blue.

I went to a second Michael's that actually had Black Rit and bought it and another box of Navy. The second dying went much better. My jeans are dark, look fresh, and I can't wait for the cool weather to dissend. All in all, I spent $8.57 and about two hours. So think twice before tossing your faded jeans.

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