Thursday, June 10, 2010

No use crying over spilled ink...

although I did, I'm embarrassed to say.

I recently spilled ink on a new pair of white Levi's and boy did I get angry. I tried to explain to my husband that white jeans were something symbolic. I tried to explain how dainty and fashionable I felt wearing them - like a woman who never spills ketchup on herself (false) and who always looks crisp and put together (false).

Tears, bleach, and a bucket of oxyclean later, I now have a pair of white jeans with a gray spot that I have accepted as permanent.

So, my creative and fashionable readers, do you have any suggestions of what do do with them now? Dye? Distress? Buy a patch? Give up and donate?


  1. Your friend RamonaJune 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Did you try to get the ink out with hairspray? If that doesn't work, chunk them and buy some new ones. You will always hate that gray spot.

  2. My friend's husband used a Tide pen to remove a giant ink stain from his labcoat. But if you've used Oxyclean, Tide probably won't work either...

    Could you put an applique over the spot? And then buy another pair to get that crisp feeling back? :) Dyeing them might be a fun experiment too...


  3. I say donate and buy a new pair. It seems like a pretty stressful experience for you. Why keep reminding yourself of it, right?

  4. Depending on where the stain is -- can you cut up that part & turn your pants into shorts? :)

  5. Claire, that is a great idea! I hadn't thought of that yet. Thanks!

  6. Just came across your blog. Helloo! Try rubbing alcohol or hairspray! I didn't read that "Tips from Heloise" book for nothin'!

  7. Trying to post a comment from my iPhone and it keeps disappearing. Anyway. All I'd like to say it that I vote you dye them dark red, perfect for fall. And go buy yourself some new white ones. You work hard. You totally deserve it.