Lily & Frog

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Luigi from Cars T-Shirt

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UPDATE as of Jan 2016:  This costume has proven to be our most popular post and item!  After more interest than I anticipated a DIY version of 4 Cars shirts is now available ONLY in the weeks leading up to Halloween in our online shop.  Please sign up for emails on the right or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be alerted as soon as this item becomes available.

Beginning with something as simple as an email for a Lightning McQueen tank top, quickly snowballed into an adventurous, speeding, race…

I designed and converted six of the most beloved, warmhearted, and memorable residents of Radiator Springs into T-Shirts and tank tops for the 2013 runDisney Half Marathon in DisneyLand, California for Danielle of Live, Run Grow, her husband, and their friends.

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This T-Shirt is inspired by one of Radiator Spring’s smallest cars, a 1959 Fiat 500, with the gigantic love for Scuderia Ferrari, having followed racing his whole life.  Being sure to capture the true Italian in Luigi, I began with his mustache, represented by the Fiat front grill and his bigger than life smile stretching headlight to headlight.  Creating slightly more charm in Luigi’s features, I tilted his eye and placed them slightly off center.

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When the T-Shirt is turned over, you will find Luigi’s license plate:  44.5-10.8 (referencing to the latitude and longitude of the Ferrari Factory in Maranello Italy).  Bringing all 6 of the racers together as one, Danielle requested a quote from each of the characters be added to the back of each shirt…  Luigi’s  Quote:  “Luigi only follow the Ferrari.”

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UPDATE as of Jan 2016:  This costume has proven to be our most popular post and item!  After more interest than I anticipated a DIY version of 4 Cars shirts is now available ONLY in the weeks leading up to Halloween in our online shop.  Please sign up for emails on the right or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be alerted as soon as this item becomes available.

A Mini Side Note:  After multiple washings, and the wear and tear of a Runner (or 3 year old for that matter), the bright colors from the original printer fabric will begin to fade.  As well, since the printer fabric is NOT stitched onto the t-shirt, the corners can begin to peel.  In the case of the peeling edges, just hit it with the iron again, or fabric glue and you will be all set.  Regarding the fading, I’m not too sure how to fix that, but in that time maybe you Cars’ fan will have grown a size up and you can create a Planes t-shirt for them.

If you L-I-K-E this Cars t-shirt, you will L-O-V-E our other Cars inspired itemsprojects, and party

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Author: Lily and Frog

Owner and creator of Lily and Frog, small business of handcrafted baby and toddler accessories.

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