Boo’s reaction when she saw her new school dress was one of delight. I was so pleased because I know she had been expecting a gingham summer dress rather than a grey pinafore. She loved the little bow decoration, the cute, unusual coconut shell button and the pockets. When she tried it on she loved how comfortable it felt and how it hung, we had lots of twirling going on. The comments she received when she arrived in the playground also made her smile, her friends liked her new dress too.
The Dress came from Eco Outfitters who provide organic cotton school uniforms. It is made from 100% pure organic cotton. The cotton gets softer with washing and as it has not been treated with chemicals it also shrinks a little. The cut of the dress allows for 5% shrinkage. It can be machine washed at 30 degrees but not tumble dried.
As Boo is eight in just a few weeks time I decided to get the 8-9 year size which was a little generous in size for her. The claim was that it would shrink after washing but I didn’t notice it much. The skirt still sits just below her knees. I think she will have some growing space which is nice as the material feels as though it will last.
I always use non-biological washing liquid for my washing because I do have other family members with skin issues and I find they get less irritated. I can’t use fabric conditioner for the same reason. I washed the dress at 30 degrees on an eco wash. (may as well go all the way on the eco stuff!)
I was worried about not being able to tumble dry, the tumble drier is my best friend, especially in a household of seven. However, I don’t tumble dry the school sweaters either so I hoped it would dry like them. I hung it on a coat hanger on the outside of the wardrobe and it was dry overnight.
Because of not tumble drying it did need ironing. Now, me and my iron are not best friends and I only get it out when absolutely necessary. I was pleased to find that the dress ironed really easy and quickly. I did iron it inside out as I worried about shiny bits that you sometimes get when ironing uniforms.
The dress, being a pinafore, is sleeveless and has a button fastening on the one shoulder and three push button fastenings on the side. It has a gathered skirt and a cute belt decoration with a bow. It sells at £18.95 to £19.95 which is a little more than I would usually pay for a school dress, but the quality does show and it’s nice that it’s organic cotton. I have bought organic cotton clothes before and love the way they feel nicer as they get older and they really do tend to last longer. They are kinder on the skin and help protect the environment by reducing the use of pesticides and protects water quality.
Boo loves her new dress and wants to wear it every day.
Disclosure: we were provided with the pinafore dress from Eco Outfitters in return for a honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.