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  • Lib
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    Well, I'm convinced. I have a couple pairs of slacks that I'm not wild about that I'll try lightening/dyeing.


    Jacket looks good, especially for a first try.

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  • bruschetta
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    BenR, what can I say? Maybe I simply don't like denim jackets. Sorry to derail this thread.


    Dye. Dye dye dye.

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    @ Greg_S - Thanks, I'm pretty pleased with how it's come out. A few dollars for dye is definitely a cheaper way to get a new jacket than tossing an old one and buying a new one.


    @ bruschetta - It's ok, man, Ryan Gosling and I will just have to find a way to pick up the pieces of our lives and move on. ;-) As Greg said, the denim trucker jacket is a pretty basic staple of modern workwear - and probably much more common in cities than in rural areas where Carhartt reigns supreme - so I'm a little surprised you are so opposed to it.








    @ Big_Scooter - Well, I wasn't really trying to dress it up or down, just tossed it over what I was already wearing (casual button-down and red Target shorts) for a quick photo. It's still far too hot where I am to get much use out of a jacket for now (80s/90s every day).


    Edit: @ bruschetta again - Interesting to hear you say that you're surprised to see me wearing "country western." Most of the WIWT posts show what I wear to work, but my casual clothes have always been pretty workwear-oriented. If I had to describe my wardrobe succinctly, I'd say it's mostly a combination of English country (tweed, corduroy, waistcoats, wingtips) and, as you put it, country Western (denim, boots, flannel, plaid). As someone who lives in a small Rocky Mountain town, I've found that a dressed-up workwear look is the best way to look put together without looking too out of place.

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  • bruschetta
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    greg_s, this is a good example of why style is personal. BenR has always posted great city looks, and it was a bit of a surprise to see him go country and western.


    BenR, if country and western is part of your style, rock on. The darker dye is much better.

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  • greg_s
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    @bruschetta, I find your response curious. I don't own a denim jacket and don't really have plans to, but it is pretty standard workwear style...

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  • nicholascrawford
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    I would consider that a highly successful test!

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  • Big_Scooter
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    I totally dig the jacket by the way, Ben. I'm sure you already noticed the fact that it tends towards the... eh... rural and I was thinking that is why you dressed it up with a button up and wore very modern and hip pants. I just thrifted a rusty orange suede jacket that will need similar treatment.

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  • Big_Scooter
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    That would be a good idea, chetsteadman, but there are several posts on that site where a mod says that the color remover doesn't work on indigo, which is used in jean dyes.


    several on this page, for example http://www.ritdye.com/blogs/posts/di...b-summer-color

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  • chetsteadman
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    You may want to try this if you want to actually dye it brown:


    http://www.ritdye.com/store/laundry-...-remover-group

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  • mixto
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    Nice job BenR. I have the same jacket, was going to put it in the donation bag, but if I can turn it into dark wash blue type, I might keep it.

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  • bruschetta
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    BenR, I apologize for being a negative Nancy, but I find that jacket to be fairly ugly. It certainly represents the rural Montana/Utah/Idaho style if that's what you're going for. This is the first look you've shared that I can't get behind.


    That being said, the dye job looks pretty good. The trick will be to see if the dye runs when you sweat, are rained upon, and etc.

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  • LosRockets
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    Ben, that's really awesome! I like the color quite a bit. I wouldn't have been brave enough to go with an orange and think it would turn out nicely!

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  • greg_s
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    I think that looks pretty excellent, Ben. Nice work man.

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    Aaaand after:





    It didn't really turn "brown" but it did turn a dark greyish indigo with brown undertones. To my surprise, elements like the red Levi's tag, the stitching, etc., didn't seem to be affected by the dye. The overall effect looks like a factory distressed finish. I'm sure you could get a less distressed-looking finish if you used an indigo or denim-colored dye.


    It wasn't what I was expecting but it's still loads better than stonewash.


    For what it's worth, I basically followed the dyeing instructions straight off the backs of the packages. I got two colors, as I mentioned above - dark brown and orange, both liquid Rit Dyes. I used about half the brown and a quarter of the orange, soaked the jacket in a plastic 5 gallon bucket with hot water and dye for about an hour, then rinsed it in cold water and washed it in the washing machine.

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    The thing is finished - and the attempt was reasonably successful. In any event, the jacket is no longer stonewash blue. I just took the jacket out of the dryer and it isn't quite dry yet, but I will take a picture in a little bit. You will have to wait in suspense a little while longer.


    For reference, here is the before:




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