When I branched out into Carhartts, that yielded a few new colors: black, a couple shades of brown (although I don't own the lighter shade of brown yet), and a hunter-green pair. This last took some searching, as Carhartt doesn't make the hunter green anymore. Key used to make overalls in a fabric called "herringbone", for which I've been prowling eBay, but what I've really wanted was a nice pair of overalls in a burgundy red.
Which eventually led me to remember this old blog post by a fellow traveler in the world of overalls, and I thought, "Hmmmm...I could do that!" For some reason, I never thought of just dyeing a pair into a new color. Whenever I saw some different color of overalls out there in the world, I always assumed for some reason that the company made those for a while but then they stopped...not unlike this pair of Key overalls Anne Hathaway rocked in the movie Love and Other Drugs:
I figured, at some point Key actually made overalls like that, and hey, for all I know, maybe they did. I own a pair of black Dickies that are essentially overdyed hickory striped overalls.
But after learning, and remembering, about overdyeing, I set out this weekend to do just that. I used three hickory-striped pairs, which looked liked this to start with:
My dyes are from Dharma Trading, and I followed their instructions for tub-dyeing. I did two colors: Maroon (two pairs) and Forest Green (one). I was hoping for a burgundy outcome on the maroon pairs; the idea is that the white stripes take on the dye color while the blue just darkens a bit. The entire process took a few hours, from immersion...
The results? Well, the maroon dye didn't turn out burgundy so much as purple, which is not quite what I was looking for. But I do like the result:
That last photo actually makes them look more purple than they really are, but they're pretty purple. Luckily, I like purple!
The forest green pair looks pretty nice, though:
I'm pretty happy with those.
I suspect the purple/burgundy ones will look better with dark solid tops; pairing them with tie-dye will likely make me look cartoonish. Well, more cartoonish than usual!
I won't be doing this often; I'm not looking for an entire rainbow of overalls in my wardrobe. But a few new options is nice, and the process was fun to do.