Heart on my Sleeve

Morning folks, today we’re going to be talking about the now-infamous Burberry heart-print shirt. This is from Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 and it retails at £495.

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VB has worn this shirt…

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…along with pretty much everyone else in the world.

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You may not be surprised to learn that I made my own Burberry-inspired shirt!

I started with this burgundy men’s shirt from the Hospices of Hope shop in Orpington — £2 reduced from £3.50, bargain! It’s a men’s large.

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The shirt is 80% Viscose, 20% Polyester according to the label. I am going to be bleaching this so I thought it best to use something with a natural fibre content. Ideally I would have used something 100% cotton, but then this shirt found its way into my hands and its fate was sealed.

Firstly I cut off the visible label hanging off the pocket.

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Then I set about making my printing apparatus… yes, it’s a rubber stamp. I am using my normal pencil eraser for this (well, half of it).

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All I did was draw the shape I wanted on the rubber and then use a stanley knife to trim it into shape. Folks, be CAREFUL if you try this at home.

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I put some kitchen towel into a plastic container and poured some bleach on, as described in this very useful tutorial. The idea is to make a bleach stamp pad so there’s about the right amount of bleach going onto the stamp every time.

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I did a few test runs on an area that would be cut off. The bottom right test was done using too much bleach, and although it was the whitest, the heart shape would have been blurred. So I had to settle somewhere in the middle.

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I cut up the side seams and removed the sleeves to make the whole thing easier to work with. Note that I am protecting my table with a plastic bag.

It was then a matter of printing over and over again and trying to maintain the right spacing and straight lines! The hearts came out a kind of pink colour and slightly uneven. I think it looks pretty.

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For the sleeves I put plastic bag inside them to stop the bleach going through to the back.

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After printing all my pieces, I put them in the washing machine to rinse and then hung them to dry. I then had to adjust the size of the shirt at the side seams, cut new arm holes and reattach the sleeves (sorry no photos of that!).

Here’s a close up of the hearts. I left the collar and cuffs unprinted.

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I am rather pleased with the result — the hearts aren’t white, so it’s more of a Buberry-inspired shirt than a copycat, but I like it that way. The hearts are each slightly different in colour, and the pink of the print contrasts well with the original burgundy, it’s like neon pink, which I love.

Anyway, here are some shots of the finished item. I am wearing it relatively formally here, but no doubt there will be a casual outfit coming up soon. This shirt is definitely in the wardrobe to stay!

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42 comments

  1. jasperizer

    Lovely <3 …but did you think to make the shirt tighter? I would look more feminine – just a thought

  2. helen

    This looks great, doing something like this wouldn’t have crossed my mind. That’s the beauty of reading great blogs!
    Styling and photos are fab. And of course love the brogues!

  3. JJ

    I am loving how much ease you left in the blouse when fitting it. It looks so effortless, great for dressing up or down!

  4. Lori B.

    Gorgeous! I’m always inspired by what you do. I wonder if a bleach pen could work for this? It could be used to draw each heart on the shirt directly…but then the hearts wouldn’t all be exactly the same. It might make the hearts whiter, though.

  5. Elaine

    Great shirt and I like the styling too. Is it common for women to wear brogues with skirts in England? I hope that idea makes its way to the States….enough already of the ridiculous high heels!

  6. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity !!

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. another awesome post!

  7. Mary Amateur

    Will You soon refashion your Zara’s coat from the April 2013 post Outfit Pringle of Scotland, will you add zip visible (or invisible), buttons, false leather bows or something else?That coat is very modest and nice!

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