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The Best Gender Neutral Clothes for Kids

Over the weekend John Lewis announced that it would be scrapping its boys and girls labels on clothing and putting all the childrenswear into one section. Their own brand clothing would simply say “girls & boys” or “boys & girls”. No longer would kidswear be defined by gender based on colour or style. Styles hadn't changed - John Lewis was simply proving that children could wear anything they liked - we don’t need shops to tell us what is for boys and what is for girls.  Caroline Bettis, the head of childrenswear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our...

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Why I Stopped Making Mermaid and Unicorn Leggings

In The Beginning... My middle daughter loves sparkly and shiny things. She is like a magpie – always looking at the diamonds in the jewellery shop and playing with my bangles and earrings. When I spotted foiled polyester and nylon spandex, I didn’t think twice. They would make A-MAZ-ING leggings. And I wasn’t wrong. I made her a pair in the Spring of 2016 and she loved them. I added them to my website and Etsy shop and they flew off the shelves. They were my biggest seller.As the year went on, I began to source more and more ethical and sustainable fabric and I became increasingly aware that nylon and polyester spandex was not compatible with these. Sure, they...

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Why Handmade Pants Are The Best

Small pants, big pants, giant frilly pig pants, new pants, blue pants, one two three… That is the opening line of Giles Andreae’s book ‘Pants’. It’s a super book and if you haven’t read it I recommend finding a copy and reading it. It goes quite nicely with this blog post which, in case you hadn’t realised, is all about pants. Or undies, briefs, knickers – whatever you want to call them! Have you ever thought about handmade pants? I must admit, until I had a fussy potty-training toddler I hadn't. My eldest son wore standard supermarket little boy briefs. My middle child is a girl and her pants were nothing like the cool boy pants her brother got to wear. They were...

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Can I Return Handmade Clothing?

"Can I return handmade clothing that I have bought online?" This is a question that I get asked a lot – and there is often some confusion around the right answer. So many small handmade clothing businesses state ‘no returns’ in their listings and on their website - but what happens if it doesn't fit or arrives damaged? What are your rights when you buy handmade clothing and when can you - and can’t you – expect to get your money back? Put simply: YES! You can return most handmade clothing. However there are some exceptions so read on to find out more... Know Your Rights! When you buy something online it is important that you check the terms and conditions and...

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