Remix: Heart to Heart

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Skirt: Sera Lilly

Shoes: Seychelles

One of the very first remix projects I did on Frocks and Frou Frou was a big red heart tee way back in 2010. And here I am 6 years later, still putting whopping great red hearts on things. The more things change, the more etc etc…!

In fact, I was actually kind of inspired by the It’s Mutual Tee, which I saw on Modcloth a few weeks ago. At $30 it’s perfectly affordable for US customers, but the Australian dollar’s not being on online-shopper’s friend right now, and I was baulking at the postage charge when I realised what an easy remix project it would be.

heart to heart 1I bought a drapey white tee from Uniqlo, some red fabric paint, and some adhesive foam sheets (though to be honest, that was probably overkill, and you could just use cardboard!)

heart to heart 2First step is to make your heart shape. I always use a piece of paper folded in half to ensure that it’s symmetrical. One you have the size and shape you’re happy with put your top on, and position the heart. Make sure you mark the position with a pin!

Heart to heart 3Now you need to transfer that heart shape onto something that the paint won’t seep through. I used adhesive foam, but as long it’s relatively waterproof (and you’re confident you can stop it from slipping around) you could use anything. Plastic contact paper could be good, and VERY easy to source, what with all the kids going back to school! Trace around the heart shape and cut the middle out.

heart to heart 4Slip a layer of cardboard into the top, and pin the extra fabric to the back so it won’t wriggle about. Position your heart cut-out where you’ve marked, then pour some of your fabric paint into a little bowl.

heart to heart 5A make-up sponge is a good choice for applying the paint. Start with the edges, then cover off the rest. You’ll have to let it dry for 48 hours, but after that the paint won’t budge. Wash, and you’re ready to wear!

Frocks and frou frouAnd here’s the finished product!

I wore it with this fabulous pleated tulle skirt from NZ label Sera Lilly Curve. It’s like a tutu, but a little more appropriate for day-wear. I sized up because I hate tight elasticised waistbands and it’s perfect. I’m a bit nervous about washing it for the first time because the pleats would be a total pain-in-the-ass to iron, but I wore it the other day and did a lot of lolling about on couches and it didn’t crush, so the pleats could very well be permanent.

And if you love the heart tee, but just don’t really have the time or inclination to make it yourself there’s plenty of options to buy ready made!

heart tops1. Heart Slouchy tee / 2. Red Heart Tee Oversized / 3. It’s Mutual Tee / 4. Heart Shirt

Through the Arch Window

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Skirt: Jacqui E

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Pardon the shiny face and the flat hair! It bucketed down rain for most of today and I’m just feeling a bit waterlogged. Still, at least my awesome graphic print skirt still has a bit of fouff.

I spotted this one in the window at Jacqui E just before Christmas while I was doing some present-buying. They’ve been flying under my radar for a year or so because I don’t have that much need for corporate-wear, and everything else on their racks was just so same-samey that I stopped visiting the shops. More fool me, because it looks like there’s still a few gems to be found.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe skirt is fully lined with lovely deep functional pockets. The outer fabric is a cotton sateen, which really showcases the bold black and white print (that, full disclosure, kind of reminded me of the Play School windows). The pleated skirt was sewn flat for several inches below the waistband which made the pockets pull open in a not-terribly-nice way over my hips, but once I got the skirt home I just unpicked the pleats open and the result’s much more successful.

The wide black waistband means that I haven’t figured out any other way to wear it other than with a black top, so any recommendations would be great!

I can’t find this skirt on the website any more, so if you love it as much as I did your best bet might be to try some of the clearance stores.