You’ll need:
Coloured tights, an array of pearlesque beads in different sizes, Cream/white coloured string, Thin needle (must be able to go through a bead), Household bleach, Sponge, Unused Toothbrush, Rubber gloves, Bathtub or sink, an open window!

Lay flat in tub, wet the tights and then wring out the water. Using rubber gloves, sponge, or toothbrush start sprinkling bleach onto the tights, being careful you don’t sprinkle on your own clothes or body!

Use the toothbrush to make smaller spray dots

Leave the tights for approx. 2hours, checking frequently to check up on progress.

Once successfully bleached to a level you’re satisfied with, throw into washing machine (with other laundry while you’re at it!) and give it a quick spin + tumble.

When dry, put the tights on (I’d suggest wearing another paif of socks under and over the tights to prevent it from getting dirty. Using needle and thread, sew into tights, pull out a length necessary for that section and do a double knot.

Start threading in beads of different sizes, alternating directions while sewing them in. Tip: try not to thread too many beads at one go, they may get quite heavy and snap off.

Start threading in beads of different sizes, alternating directions while sewing them in.

Tip: try not to thread too many beads at one go, they may get quite heavy and snap off. Be creative about the beads, add a bit of coloured beads here and there if you wish, and try organic shapes or even geometric… Repeat for other leg. (Or don’t – I didn’t.) Personally I ended up loving the dyed tights effect so I’m planning a similar fate to all my other coloured opaque tights, they shall suffer an acid shower and reincarnate as a superior sartorial species.

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  1. these do look so alien-like with the beadings on ‘bubbly’ acid wash tights.. sort of a sea creature lost in the land!

  2. Ok thats pretty nifty. No more getting ripped off so my legs can look like the sky!

  3. ohhh I love this project! definitely inspired to make myself some in time for the Australian winter… what a great idea!

  4. Those tights are SPLENDID. Cloud-like legs? Yes please! I love the pearl beading detail… lovely :) Thanks for sharing! <3

  5. A cool project as usual! Love the dapped sky colour you ended up with.

  6. looks amazing!

  7. wow! i really love ur blog! those tights are soo amazing! and u have great style! i will be adding u to my blog list! :)

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

  8. deeply in love with your DIY! I have to try it immediatly!

  9. Hi Shini,

    WauW! What a great idea :D I must try that some day, looks amazing with the pearls on, and so beautiful how the tights looks like clouds, just fab <3

    xoxo

    Emilie

  10. I love this! Thank you, I will definitely give this a go ^.^

  11. lovely! this is a must-try. thank you so much for sharing.

  12. WOW ! I love this. I must do it ! Thanks for idea :)

  13. Ooh! I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile now but I keep procrastinating :i
    These look cute though! <3

  14. it looks really gorgeous..the tights look like heaven..

  15. Beautiful! The photo matches the project perfectly.

  16. LOVE those tights!

  17. this is absolutely dreamy!! i’d love to wear an ocean on my legs and walk around the little anemone and bubbles of water! :-)
    wearing a landscape is so beautiful!

  18. love that first picture! is that the bleach being poured in? anyway, love the tights even though it may not be something i would ever wear… so i guess i love the idea of it! :) always love your blog!

  19. sophie

    I absolutely love this idea!

  20. Cool idea =) reminds me of those lace embellished tights you did a couple of months ago!

  21. I hope you don’t mind but I have used some of your photos in an inspiration blog (of course I have linked back to you), can’t wait to start embellishing my own tights.

  22. skye

    It’s like the beads are clouds! I guess that’s the intention? lol
    I love the tights!!!

  23. I so want to try these! I’m always afraid of destroying things beyond repair when I DIY stuff. Tights seems like a good place to start. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Loooove the tights! I’ve got to do this too!

  25. these are incredible. what a great blog

  26. wonderful.

    http://www.theclothingproject.com

  27. perfect!

  28. awww lovely

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  30. Your blog is one of my favourits!
    And the FAQ is so cool, and now I know why you travel so “much” to Poland
    I know that’s sound insane but it’s cute to know that you speak Polish,
    ’cause my whole family is from Poland
    I don’t know what to say XDDD haha.
    aah.
    you are amazing!

  31. wahhh, these tights are so dreamy. wuuuvvv. you’re giving me the urge to splash bleach on all of my coloured tights. i had some burgundy tights in mind, but i’m imagining the results looking something like reversed blood splatters (if that makes any sense). ew.

    yep, i’ve noticed that some gmarket sellers on ebay. the shipping limitations on gmarket make me sad. unfortunately, ebay occasionally has the same items just way pricier. anyway, that seller that turned down your nice note is a meanie.

  32. wow! love the effects from the tie dye! <3

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  33. genius! will try! xx

  34. Great DIY… It’s so cute and different!

  35. oooo i love these! I want to make a pair! they look magical

  36. These are beautiful! Can’t wait to try them out! :D

  37. tights is fun
    it looks like walking sky
    thanks PARK :)

  38. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your most fabulous DIY….still trying (because these are way too cool not to), but seem to have a serious case of OCD (or something like that!)

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  44. Luka

    This is a great idea! I love this idea! :D
    I am inspired! Thanxx :)

  45. elizabeth

    oh how those Tights suffered ha ha !! think I will get a pair of my daughter in laws Thick Black “200 denier” !! opaque Tights and make them suffer the same fate …thanks very much for giving me this idea..