T loves the beach but at the end of the day, she needs to pick up something easy to put on, cover up and change out of her swimsuit. As we normally go with a group and there is a number of the same dresses in the same size sitting on beach blankets, as parents we all tend to buy our summer dresses at the same store as they are great value. As she's been having fun designing her clothes from The Patchery it seemed the perfect solution to get something quick and easy to slip on and unique for her.
The Patchery knit cotton dresses are ideal for summer dresses as they wash up well and are such unique patterns and colours that we know she will stand out in the crowd.
Using their easy to design system - she selected a tank dress - the perfect slip on and slip off a swimsuit and change solution and we got designing.
I love their cotton knits but I also am in love with organic cotton and where possible buying natural fabrics try and get at least 50% of them organic. She then followed selecting her own design and matching up where she wanted the designs to go.
Once everything was designed we sent it off and paid for our shipping to the UK - now our experience of paying for shipping from the US to the UK is that it is horrendously expensive but $6 shipping for hand made self-designed clothes is great value. It takes between 4 and 6 weeks to arrive but as you can see after a day at the beach it is the perfect dress to throw on and I can guarantee you that not one other girl had the same dress as she did.
The other thing and this is a huge bonus for us - because of the quality of the fabric used this dress has been used over and over and over again and hasn't shrunk which means that next summer we'll also be able to get use of it unlike many other summer dresses we have brought.
We are a brand ambassador for The Patchery and received the dress for this post.
Check out the rest of the clothes that the kids have designed themselves from The Patchery