I have made a resolution as part of the no-more-procrastination programme to start working through the two black sacks and one suitcase of assorted garments I've put aside with the vague notion of one day DIY-ing them. I figured that since this is the year of the Filthy Victorians, the Victorian replica bloomers I purchased from a theatre company might be a good place to start.
The first and most important thing I needed to do with these bloomers was to dye them black. No, not to make them more ooky-spooky (surprisingly) but because the first time I put them on I discovered they were see-through.
Blackest Black seems to be generally designed for restoring your faded black clothing to its former midnight hue, with one bottle capable of dyeing 6-9 T-shirts or 2-3 pairs of trousers or jeans. The instructions told me to double the dose for coloured or white items, but since I was only dyeing one garment I thought I'd see if I could get away with using half a bottle.
I have to say, I found the product really easy to use - I was even sent my own stirring stick along with my little dyeing kit. The only thing I had to purchase separately was salt, which most people would probably have in the house anyway.
|I has a stick|
The results after using half a bottle of Blackest Black looked like this:
The result this time was much closer to what I'd been hoping for:
I was really pleased with how easy the product was to use and the final colour result (or lack thereof, to be more precise, with black not being actually a colour and all). I liked that Blackest Black is made by a friendly company with a sense of humour (their FAQ, in case you think I'm joking), which as you can see is a lovely even velvety black, and will be saving my other bottle to re-vamp a faded jacket or two.
My bloomers now need a bit of stitching at the sides and a zip putting in (they are designed to be laced up but since I intend to wear them as outerwear that's not going to work) and then they will be ready to wear, without baring my bum cheeks to all and sundry. :-)
EDIT: Blackest Black have kindly offered a discount code to readers of Stripy Tights...! They say, "If you would like to give us a try, you can use the coupon code "DARKDELIGHTS" for a 10% discount (after the current Valentine's Day special ends)."