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

Foiled

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: DIY (similar-ish here)

Skirt: DIY (similar-ish here)

Shoes: Naturaliser

Look, I’ll be honest. I’m not entirely sure about this outfit. I was aiming for the kind of effortlessly cool, boxy, layered look that I’m always seeing on the Gorman website but it’s not my usual silhouette, and I think the effect of boxy-cropped-tee and full-pleated-skirt isn’t doing my figure many favours.

Oh well, you win some you lose some, amirite? I’ve worn the top much more successfully with skinny jeans on a shopping trip as well, and got lots of positive comments from people about it.

It’s a DIY project that I made with some gold-foil printed cotton knit from (where else?) Spotlight. The pattern that I used was the super simple New Look 6838, but I tweaked it a little to bring the length up, and make the sleeves elbow length.

NewLook 6838I made it in an XL which should have fit perfectly, but was huuuuge, as you can see. It’s got a gloriously wide boatneck neckline though, and I’ll definitely be using the pattern again (a little downsized, this time!)

Frocks and Frou FrouI thought the gold foil stripes would pair nicely with the gold foil dots on my pleated skirt, and I think it has, but the shape of the outfit is just a bit… off.

Meanwhile, I didn’t wash the jersey before I sewed with it (naughty naughty) and it shrank in a major way… but only horizontally, annoyingly. So the top’s even more cropped, but still as boxy, and, well: It’s my mooching-about-the-house-with-boxer-shorts tee now. My boyfriend loves it, but don’t expect to see it on the blog again any time soon!