What to Do When Your Overalls Are Two Different Shades!

by Koetiquemade
2 Materials
3 Days

I really like the whole distressed and tie dyed look. Some people hate it and that's fine. They don’t have to do anything that I do. But if you are like me and love it too then we should definitely be friends. I recently ended up with two different cuts of the same bubble gauze fabric. I would have complained but it was literally the last of it. There was no more in the store. So that’s what I got. Rather than be upset, I decided to problem solve and I’m completely obsessed with the results!!

The Purchased Pair that Inspired this Make...

I fell in love and purchased this dark blue pair of gauze overalls from an online boutique. I wanted another pair in a red color but couldn’t find any so I made my own pattern using the ones I bought.

Ooops, I goofed!

The problem was the red gauze fabric I purchased for the pair I was making, I could only get in two separate cuts of fabric. Which I didn’t think would be a problem....until it was. Both cuts of fabric looked the same, until I had sewn the overalls together. That’s when I really noticed the difference.

The front and back legs were noticeably different. So was the bib. Like a LOT! You can totally see in the picture above. So I decided to do the only reasonable thing….. Spray bleach them!!

The pair I had purchased from the boutique were really distressed looking which I loved so I knew I would love the red ones if they were distressed as well.

The Perfect Solution for my Problem...

Spray bleaching was the perfect way to sort of camouflage the difference in the color I was trying to hide. So I simply rolled and tied my red overalls all up like this. The legs and bib were done separately. Then I diluted some bleach with water and sprayed it all really fast.

After about 10-15 minutes I rinsed it out then ran it through the washing machine. That way I was sure to get all the bleach out. I line dried them and Wah-Lah!

I love how it turned out! And I love wearing them so much. So glad I was able to save what would have been and unfortunate sewing project. These are a wardrobe favorite for sure now.

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Suggested materials:
  • 3 yards gauze fabric   (Bleach)
  • Spray bottle

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