Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Clothes!: Water Lily Capri Set from Designs by Barb

The first outfit in this spring/summer lineup is a beautiful toddler capri set from Barbara at Designs by Barb (togs4tots on Etsy). I love sets because not only are the pieces adorable together, but they can mix and match with other pieces you probably already have. The fabric she uses to make these outfits has gorgeous prints and is of very high quality. The particular set I reviewed uses beautiful coral, pink, yellow, and green Michael Miller water lily fabrics. The top has the water lily print, and the bottoms are made from a coordinating stripe fabric. As an added detail on these sets, Barbara adds a little applique to the pants; in this case a water lily. So cute!

The little swing top ties at the shoulders with pink ribbons and can be worn as is, with short sleeves underneath, or even long sleeves for cooler weather. Barbara also states on the listing that it would even be cute as a swimsuit cover up. I definitely agree! It is just beautiful to look at, and even more beautiful on. It has the right amount of flare so that it is comfortable and breathes well. This is great for our HOT summers here in Alabama! The pants have a cuff at the bottom which adds a nice "finished" look. They are lightweight, have a wide leg (great breathability again!), and have a comfortable elastic waistband. A great feature of the waistband is that it is secured so that the elastic does not twist. I know it drives me crazy to constantly straighten out twisted elastic every time I pull EG's pants on, so this is a nice feature! EG enjoyed playing in this outfit and seemed very comfortable. She had more than enough freedom of movement to climb, run, sit on the floor and play, etc. After all of this playing, the outfit washed very well and looked good as new after a quick run over with a warm iron. I feel confident that the set will last wash after wash. We love the outfit and I am sure it will quickly become a warm weather favorite!

The set is professionally crafted, and Barbara custom makes each item in her store just for you. She makes clothes in infant sizes all the way up to a girls' 14. The prices are terrific for a custom "boutique" outfit at $30 for the set reviewed (slightly higher for larger sizes). If a capri set is not what you're looking for, she also makes adorable dresses (priced $22 to $40), jumpers and pinafores ($20 to $28), girls and boys pants ($10 and $12), girls skirts ($18 to $25), infant clothes ($4 to $36), girls aprons ($8.50 to $18), and accessories ($6 to $20). Go check out Barbara's store and see for yourself! Your child will look adorable (and be comfortable!) while playing, and will look just as adorable for a day out on the town. Thanks Barbara for offering these beautiful clothes!


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