As Seen on TV: ‘Pretty Little Liars’

We’re back with a remake from another one of our favorite TV shows! Last time, we made a debutante-worthy lace trimmed blouse from Hart of Dixie and today we’re heading over to ABC Family to work on a piece from Pretty Little Liars. Who else is obsessed??

I’ve only just recently gotten into Pretty Little Liars, but I already want to move to Rosewood. I love horror movies and anything spooky, so the fact that this show is about disappearance, murder, and being followed by someone leaving creepy notes is pretty much my dream high school experience. (Well all except the murdery part. Not so much into that.)

Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) are the mystery-solving version of the Babysitter’s Club. Their BFF Alison is looking like she may not be dead (gasp!!) and they’re on the prowl trying to figure out what is up and who is leaving the notes signed, “A”.  (I want to know, who’s in that coffin?!)

There were a pair of jeans that Aria was wearing that felt super remake-worthy. They looked like they could be easily dyed, so I had to take on the challenge!

The actual jeans on Lucy are by Hudson and they’re an ode to the Union Jack flag, in a deconstructed way. It’s Brit punk, fo sho, and I can’t wait to try my hand at them!

The key to remaking this piece is the base – a pair of black jeans that can be bleached and re-dyed with red and blue shades to match the original piece.

Here’s a rundown of the supplies you’ll need:

1. Dye and dye remover/bleach – I grabbed a few shades of Rit Dye to match as well as their Dye Fixative, but I ended up going with some basic bleach as well)

2. Any sort of clips/clamps

3. Black Jeans (Forever 21 has perfect and cheap options here or Levi’s has great skinny black options here as well)

*Not pictured: rubber gloves. They are an awesome idea to keep your hands from getting covered in dye.

I began with a pair of black jeans that I had in my collection and created an accordion style fold (lengthwise) across each pant leg – it’s a basic gather and pinch fold. I’m wanting to create a striation with the dye to try to emulate the streaks in the original jeans, so instead of dipping the full pant in bleach, I’m trying to only have it cover smaller portions.

One the jeans were pinched, folded, and clipped…

…I began the dye removal in the kitchen. I filled a pot with boiling water, the dye fixation liquid, and then bleach to make the process go a bit faster,

After I was happy with the amount of color removed, I dried the jeans and began to remove the clips to begin the dye adding process!

I grabbed dye in blue and red as well as some straws that are helpful in applying and blowing the dye to make streaks. (You can really use anything for this step – paintbrushes, q-tips, get creative!) If your pants are completely dry or depending on the kind of material that you’re working with, the dye might not stick immediately. Feel free to add a little water – use a damp paper towel – to help make the dye really adhere.

After letting the dye sit and dry, I quickly gave them a rinse under cold water, and then tossed them into the dryer to set everything in place.

Post DIY, I have pants that totally match Aria’s.

They have this rock star/Jackson Pollock-ish feel to them which makes me feel like a total badass. One who’s ready to figure out what really happened to A.

Can I be added to the Pretty Little Liars crew now?

Stay tuned for more As Seen On TV posts!

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