When I look back at pictures of myself as a child, I can’t help but consider the clothes I wore and contemplate what my Mama must have been thinking. Occasionally it is clear she wasn’t! Other times I can see the care that went into picking just the right outfit and even better sometimes I can tell the garment was lovingly handmade. The cut, pattern, and texture of these clothes color my memories just as that bite of birthday cake or splash of ocean waves remain indelible reminders of a childhood past.
Here is a collection of beautifully handmade children’s clothes perfectly suited for faerie tea parties, three legged races, and catching fire flies barefoot in the backyard.
ManiMina‘s Fresh Air Dress is simple, yet bold. You could say the same thing about my 3 year old. Made from natural cotton, this dress is a vibrant reminder of what childhood should be about.
Your child’s imagination will set sail with this simple Bon Vonyage shift and matching doll’s dress from Red Possum. What could be lovelier than sharing her sense of fashion and her sense of adventure with her favorite traveling companion?
A well-made, stylish hat is probably one of the most important purchases for your child’s summer wardrobe. You might even want to get two! The ub2 modBonnet by Urban Bonnet is a great choice for both its style and functionality. It comes in a ton of cool prints and is completely reversible. The long brim not only has that oh, so cute Laura Ingles vibe, but also ensures discrete breastfeeding and protects that soft, baby skin from the sun, wind, and rain. Sizes range from preemie to adult.
This Gingham Sailor Top by Smallville paired with shorts, jeans, or skirt will always be a standout. It reminds me of drinking Coca-Cola from a glass bottle, the musty smell and crisp hush of the children’s section of my public library, and the pull of rainbow flip-flops dangling from my toes as I sat at the pharmacy ice-cream shoppe. Adorable.
mette‘s Mint dress is a wonderful take on 60’s modern with its vintage gold flecked fabric and its short but sweet A-line shape. Perfect for a romping on the playground or perusing the city shops, this dress is truly fun and funky combined. And as my 3 year old, PZ would say, “It has pockets!”
Hydra Heart‘s Spring Infant/Child Flat is organic and vegan and totally Eco-friendly. Try explaining all that to your child as they skip, hop, and dance themselves silly in these extraordinarily cute ballet flats. Made for indoor or out, you can custom fit from age zero up and they come in three great spring time colors. These just might be swell enough to make Mama do a little jig, too.
I love, love, love both overalls and stripped pants for the summer. These Railroad Romper-alls from Little Babooshka get it two for two. They are lined with vintage storybook themed fabric and have a pewter giraffe charm zipper. A staple for any girl or boy, the Railroad Romper-all will ride you through the summer and well on into fall. Choo! Choo!
3three’s Audrey Dress can do no wrong. Short and sweet with perfect pockets and beautiful soft, cotton fabric this dress will swing on a lot of swings and slide down many a slide this summer season. Dress aside, how cute are those bandaged knees!!
Olive Jane’s Peas and Carrots Waterproof Diaper Covers are too cute. Talk about fresh from the garden! Put a tee shirt on and your kiddo is ready to go. These also work as swim diapers so your babe can be a beaut on land or sea.
Kinchi’s Butterfly Skirt is a fun jaunt through a summer wonderland. Self-proclaimed, “The stuff to buy when you’re a mum from the seventies,” Kinchi’s clothes are a burst of energy with fresh colors and cute details. No matter what decade you’re from, this skirt is cool.