I've been on a workout kick for the past four months - I signed up for Classpass (anyone else a member??) and have been taking all kinds of classes from spin and yoga to TWERKING!! Seriously, there's a class for that (I went with a girlfriend of mine and it was a blast) and I am now ready to take Miley Cyrus on :) I needed some new workout gear, so I went to a Beyond Yoga sample sale to see what I could snag. I grabbed a pair of leggings for $20 then hit the "damaged" area where each item was $2. HELLO GOLDMINE! I love to score pieces from here, because they're usually mildly damaged - nothing that a little elbow grease can't tweak.
Score #1, a fab pair of capris.
One small issue...there's a HOLE on the front and back leg!
Now that's not something that a little stitching can fix...
But when a set of pants retail for around $90 (yes, seriously), I go into "make it work" mode to really make them work.
I mean I guess I could get away with going like this...
You know, it would be a new fashion statement! OK, wanna see what I did?
You can see, TAGS STILL ON! These puppies are brand new.
I'm not a big fan of white pants in general, so I thought that I'd give them a little bit of flair and tie dye them!
I started by immersing them in water to get them super soaked and then rubber banded them in a bullseye style. I started at one end and then banded them to the other with about a 1-ish space in-between. I put on some gloves and was ready to go.
Tulip makes an awesome 1-step tie dye kit which I used for this project and grabbed two different colors - a turquoise-y blue and a pinkish-purple. I dyed every other section blue and then filled in the alternate spaces with the purplish shade.
After dyeing, I let my project dry overnight before I rinsed it out with water. Because there was a bit of polyester in the fabric blend, I saw a lot more of the color come out of the garment - this dye isn't polyester specific, but as you'll see shortly it was a milder shade of these colors.
Now with my new capris dyed, it was time to tackle the big hole. I took a pair of scissors and trimmed the area right about the hole.
With one leg done, I took the remnant portion and trimmed the other leg.
Because of the polyester in the fabric, I just let the raw edge fly! There was no fraying so I was totally okay with leaving them as is.
New workout pants complete! Now it's time for a class!
Instead of capris, now I'm calling them "over the knees."
It's really the perfect length and I LOVE the colors.
Such a nice change from what they originally looked like :)
Who's down for a Yoga Booty Ballet class? (PS, those are my fave!)
Anyone else have any workout clothing hacks? I bought a few other pieces that I worked some easy stitching magic on, that I'll show you soon!