Tuesday, May 1, 2012

☩DIY☩ 7 For All Mankind Carlie Ikat Shorts

Things you need for this DIY:
✝ Shorts
✝ a fountain pen
✝ bleach

Total time:
2 hours + drying time

Total cost:

I'm really glad I found something to do with these salmon colored jeans. They were a little much.

It's a little sketchy to put bleach in a shot glass...don't do this around anyone who loves tequila. I can't stress enough how important it is to do this DIY outside. I did mine in my studio which is set up with great ventilation because of all the metal sanding and soldering I do, but by the end I wished I had done it outside. Don't huff bleach fumes for fashion. It's not worth it!

This couldn't be easier, just paint alternating squiggly chevrons on the shorts with the bleach. I tried to keep it as close to the original design as possible but mine bled a little more than I wanted it to.

Here's a look inside.

Let the bleach dry completely, then rinse. I have never had problems putting bleachy clothes in the washing machine but to be on the safe side I rinsed these in the tub.

Have a party!


  1. Sheesh, I love your work. I keep reading and you just keep getting better. And now I want to bleach my pants.

  2. I'm so trying it with a tshirt today! Yours turned out fabulous!!

  3. super impressed! love it! hope you survived the bleach :)

  4. this looks fantastic!!! x


  5. These are amazing!I seriously like them even BETTER than the original inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing, hope you're having a great day!
    xo Hannah

  6. I love the idea of putting bleach in a fountain pen! Your shorts turned out amazing.


  7. Thank you for the hint. Will do it ASAP

  8. This is such a great idea and I would like to do it to an old pair of shorts. I have a question, I have never used a fountain pen before, where would you recommend purchasing one at? Thank you :)

  9. I love this project! I included it in last week's Link Love Chevron Roundup on FaveCraftsBlog:

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  11. Before I realized which were 7's and which were yours, I thought .... Oooo I like these with the cuffs! Nice.