Stay Sober, Get Stuff Done AKA DIY Ombre Cut-Offs

Friday night, the Lord was testing me. The weather was cold, rainy, and dreary— perfect for cozying it up with strange, sweaty bodies at David Bowie Night in Saguijo. At the same time, I had promised myself to try to go just one Friday night sober. Ya know, just for kicks, see if I survive, see if the world doesn’t implode etc. I was killing time at Megamall, seriously considering taking a bus to Makati (attempting to hail a cab would be a joke) before realizing how ridiculous I sounded at the lengths I would go for beer. Finally, I told myself: I said no to Bonchon chicken, I might as well say no to beer.

So I went home, shielded my eyes from Andok’s and their cheap booze, popped in a documentary about diet pills that work, and decided to dip dye some denim cut-offs.

I have never dyed anything that isn’t hair in my life and every day, I thank the holy spirit for Google.

Things you need!
-bleach (optional)
-fabric dye (I used Venus, 4.50 a pack)
-hot water

(Super easy instructions: bring water to a boil, pour in container (I used a basin at first), mix in dye, mix in salt (I used a handful), and dip/submerge shorts.)

Pro-tip: do not attempt to make dinner while dyeing stuff. You might end up with something like this:

I soaked the shorts in bleach diluted with water for maybe fifteen minutes then hung it up to dry a bit. It looked like this:

Not bad, not bad.

I had this super brilliant idea of dip-dyeing the cut-offs red. Red is a nice color; it’s the color of my hair, after all. I left my shorts to soak up all the dye for an hour then excitedly rinsed until the water ran clear. Only then did it dawn upon me that red was terrible idea. It looked like I pussy-bled all over my shorts.

I was too horrified to take a photo but it kinda looked like this:

I decided to bleach it again. Little did I know that bleaching denim for too long will turn it yellow. So from blood-stained, my cut-offs now looked pee-stained. With a complete disregard for perfection, I figured dyeing it purple would hide the yellow streaks.

It didn’t work, I was out of bleach, and I was tired. I decided to re-do everything on Sunday (Saturday was for getting my drank on).

On Sunday, I went to the neighborhood grocery to get more bleach (in Fresh scent this time. I had no idea bleach came in different scents!) and more dye. I figured I should just dye the darn denim yellow to make the “pee stains” look intentional. I also thought it would be “cute” to dye half of it yellow and the other half, pink.


So I bleached it again and it turned into a magnificent shade of objectionable orange with some streaks of pee and pink thrown in.

By this time, I was ready to throw in the towel and punish myself for my ridiculousness with a hideous pair of shorts. “You like ugly clothes anyway,” I reasoned with myself. I almost gave up but decided to give it one last try, with blue dye. I was avoiding this color because, well, who dyes blue denim BLUE? This time, I used a tabo instead of a basin. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that on Friday night; it was easier!

Needs moar pictures of tabo!

Two bottles of bleach, several packs of red, purple, pink, yellow, and blue dye later…

SOMETHING DECENT. Don’t hate; I like it. I wish I dyed a different pair of shorts, though. I feel like a ruined a good thing lol.

Hey, does anyone know a quick way to get rid of the scent of bleach? That stuff smells so nasty!

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  • Reply Mimi July 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Oh! That’s not so bad and I like it! How about trying to soak it with water that has downy for a couple of minutes then rinse it off to get rid of the smell. :)

    • Reply Helga July 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

      I did that! But I’ll try vinegar din. I think the lack of sunshine contributes to the bleach smell not going away =/

  • Reply Mimi July 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

    In addition, you can also try soaking it in cold water with maybe 5 tablespoons of white vinegar (to seal in the dye/color) then transfer it to water with downy before finally rinsing it out.

  • Reply Myrted July 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I love the idea of this! I cut my own shorts from my old pants (from bench as well), I might do this if I have time. What a cool thing to do. :D

  • Reply tiff July 15, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Damn, you’re a tie-dye pro. Those shorts are looking quite nice, when will we get to see you wearing them? ;D

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  • Reply Rotten NUke April 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hi! It looks so great! I had a problem too when I bleached my cut-off denim shorts. It turned yellow cuz I left for like overnight and I tried to test it again with another pair of shorts, but it also turned yellow tho i just left it for an hour. Should I leave it with the bleaching mix just for 15 mins? Hope you can suggest! Thanks! ;) (or might as well try it again) XX Nice site!

  • Reply chiara May 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    OMG I LOVED this post! you are hilarious!!! and i really liked you’re end result! I was crying when saw Edward up there LMFAO.

  • Reply chiara May 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I linked your post to my DIY post, hope thats ok. check it out here

  • Reply Michelle August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    hey where’d you buy that Venus dye? been looking everywhere for a fabric dye. Can’t find one. :|

    • Reply Helga August 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      National Bookstore has it! :)

  • Reply Sarah October 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    It’s pretty cool. :)
    In what section in national bookstore where i will see the venus dye?

  • Reply Ice January 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Turned yellow because of too much bleach… 1/3 h20 to 2/3 bleach…

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