Piccalilly Spring Summer 2017
At the start of last month I received the exciting news that I had been chosen to be an Ambassador for childrens’ clothing company, Piccalilly. The girls were even more excited to then receive a selection of clothes from their new range to try out. I have been really looking forward to sharing these on the blog as they are absolutely gorgeous. However, as any parent will know, choosing children’s clothes isn’t just about how they look. Their quality is just as important. We also need to know how well they wear and how well they wash.
I am particularly excited to be working with Piccalilly because not only are their clothes beautiful and well made, they are also made from fairly traded, organic cotton. Conventional cotton plants are sprayed with pesticides and fertilisers, which remain in the clothing following manufacture. The Piccalilly organic cotton is free from toxins and is also super soft to the touch making it perfect for childrens’ delicate skin. Their clothing is also made for children and not by children. I want my girls to wear clothes that look good. But clothing really should be more than just about looks.
My two girls are very different when it comes to clothes. Emily is very picky about what she will wear – and very vocal about this too. This cute owl t-shirt was an automatic hit. For a start, it came in her favourite colour – pink! And she loved the applique owl design on the front. Emily is wearing a size 3-4 years, and there are poppers on the left shoulder (as there are in all Piccalilly t-shirts up to and including this size) to help get in on and off easily. The length is slightly longer than most of the tops she wears which I really like.
Freyja is less bothered about fashion than her little sister. She is far more like me in her attitude that it is comfort that matters most. It seemed most appropriate that she was sent clothes that had to be all about comfort – pyjamas and knickers!
The Dog Days pyjamas that she was sent are so cuddly and soft to the touch. I am quite jealous that Piccalilly don’t do adult size pyjamas because I want some that feel this good too. Freyja is fairly tall for her age, so the size 6-7 years are a good fit for her. When I buy her slightly larger clothes to compensate for her height, I tend to find they can be a bit too loose around the waist. Thankfully, these pyjamas have a drawstring waist which solves the problem perfectly.
Underwear absolutely has to be comfortable and kind to sensitive skin. These knickers tick both boxes. They are far superior in quality to any other pants that my girls have and have been washed and tumble-dried over and over without shrinking.
Finally, the girls were both sent a dress each. Emily had the red t-shirt style tunic dress in Bowness print with matching hat. The hat is actually reversible, in the same two fabrics which make up the dress – red and white stripes or the outdoor adventure print. She loves the little sweetheart pocket (although it is too small for her to put much in it!) and the contrasting blue rickrack detail around the neckline just finishes this off perfectly. It really suits her! I like the fact that as she grows she can wear it as a tunic top – it will still look great worn with some jeggings or trousers. I love making things last as long as possible – something that is not usually possible when it comes to childrens’ clothes!
Freyja’s dress is the same Dog Days print as her pyjamas. Her is a vest style dress which also has little pockets. Again, she is in a size 6-7 years to allow for her height. I really like the length as it doesn’t come up too short like a lot of summery dresses tend to on her.
As I hope you can see, the clothes are beautiful. They have all been through the wash and tumble-dried and they are still just as good as the day we received them. The colours are still just as vivid and the fabric remains soft and snuggly.
All of our Piccalilly clothing will be getting lots of wear over the summer. However, both the dresses don’t have to be just for warm weather – with some tights or leggings, or a long-sleeved top underneath, they will definitely be featuring all year long, for as long as the girls will fit in them!