Cheshire Cute

Frocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouCardiigan: Gorman (similar here)

Tee-shirt: Uniqlo

Skirt: Basque via Myer

Tights: Sonsee

Boots: Ziera

What a novelty; I’m not wearing a single home-made item today, and every single item (except the cardigan) is currently available to buy! One of the problems with blogging less often than I used to (remember that one time I blogged every single day? That was a crazy time, huh?) is that by the time something makes it on to the blog it’s often no longer available in the shops… sorry!

I’ve hit that point in the season when I feel wholeheartedly uninspired by my wardrobe, so I’ve done an itty bitty bit of secret shopping, including this brilliant Cheshire Cat print tee-shirt from Uniqlo. It’s part of Uniqlo’s new Alice in Wonderland collection, and has a wonderful repeated pattern of chubby Cheshire Cats. It’s a collection based around the (frankly, terrible) live-action Alice Through the Looking Glass movie, but with the highly detailed black and white sketched style of the image I felt like it had more in common with Tenniel’s original Cheshire Cat than Disney’s stripey purple interpretation.

Frocks and frou frouNecklace: Made Bye Meg

Because a tee-shirt full of crazy cats wasn’t quite enough cats for me I added the cat necklace that my friend Pam gave me for Christmas last year. The coppery gold picks up the rich rust colour of the cardigan really nicely, and with grey tights (from Sonsee, naturally) softens the contrast between my black skirt and my brown ankle boots.

Remix: Heart to Heart

Frocks and frou frou Frocks and frou frou Frocks and frou frou Frocks and frou frouTop: Remixed, Uniqlo

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