I think every little girl, at one time or another, becomes inspired by fashion and designing their own outfits. I know I did. I still remember the Christmas that I received the toy, "Fashion Plates", whereby you could mix and match different shirts, pants, etc. to create one-of-a-kind, unique outfits.
Now, this fashion wardrobe design for little girls has been taken to the next level with Fashion Playtes, a company that actually lets you create your own piece of clothing that they will sew especially for you! Although Riley is too young to participate in this garment creation process just yet, the little girl with the Fashion Plates toy tucked under her arm was aching to give this a try!
I was very excited to have the opportunity to review the Fashion Playtes experience as well as the finished product I created. I thought that this was a very cool concept to actually create your own article of clothing (girls' sizes 6-14) from the options given to you on the website and couldn't wait to get started. I was surprised at how many different options there were to choose from!
Although I spent over 30 minutes designing the dress I ordered, I really liked having so many different options available to me. This ensures that you have a multitude of different combinations and so it's possible for your child to actually create something unique!
I was also very happy at the way the website was laid out. It is extremely user friendly, with an easy-to-navigate menu of designer choices and embellishments. I could definitely see my daughter and I sitting down together and having fun creating a special outfit of her making. Here's an example of what the design menu looks like:
I decided to design the Cassidy Empire Long Sleeve Dress (shown above). The base price of just the dress was $20.00 and then for every embellishment added, the price went up accordingly. I added ribbon along the empire waistline, as well as around the hem of the dress and around each sleeve cuff too. I also added a green embroidered peace sign applique to the front of the dress. My total for adding these items was an additional $21.50, which brought the grand total to $41.50 for my creation.
In just a few short weeks, I received my custom dress in the mail. I was thrilled at how cute it looked, but after closer inspection, I was disappointed with a few things.
In the very top picture, you can see what the dress as a whole looks like. This is the view that I was thrilled with. I thought that everything matched nicely and that this would make an adorable dress for Riley as soon as she was big enough to wear it. In the second picture on the left, you can see an up-close view of the top of the dress. The ribbon is sewn on the dress well and the peace sign applique is flawless. The next three pictures show why I'm not thrilled with this dress any longer.
The third picture on the right shows how the dress is really constructed. This dress is made from jersey knit material (just like t-shirts are) and unfortunately, has an unfinished hem around the neckline, the sleeves and the bottom of the dress. Although there is a seam, it is not at the ends of the dress. The very ends of the sleeve, neckline and hem are just raw, trimmed t-shirt material. The ends are not finished in any way, nor are they tucked under and sewn into the seam like t-shirts are.
Because of this, the ends around the sleeves, neckline and hem of the dress roll up in an irregular and unflattering way. Also, I believe that with frequent washings, this garment will start to ravel along these edges. I don't understand why such little care was taken with the ends of this garment. I really wish that the neckline, sleeves and hem of this dress were finished in the same manner that any other t-shirt is sewn.
Next, if you look at the fourth picture on the left, you will see that the ribbon around the empire waist does not go all the way around the dress, even though the dress is created with a space for it. They only applied the ribbon around the front of the empire waist, which is unlike the ribbon around the bottom and sleeves of the dress. The rest of the ribbon on this dress goes all the way around the hem and sleeves of the dress and not just on the front, so to me, the empire waist ribbon located only on the front of the dress looks weird and doesn't match the rest of the dress.
Finally, I don't like the large white Fashion Playtes label on the back of the dress. One of the options that you can buy is a custom label showing your child as the designer of this garment. This costs extra money of course, and if you don't care to buy the custom label, you are stuck with this one being displayed prominently on the back. I think that Fashion Playtes should also offer the option of no label at all, instead of insisting on their company being promoted on the back of your garment. Their label doesn't match this dress at all and to me, it sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn't look right.
Fashion Playtes is a great concept with a multitude of cute designs and embellishments that any little girl would love to wear. If they would only change a few things, I would recommend them to anyone. Maybe I'm just being picky, but for the reasons I've listed above, I'm giving this product 3 out of 5 stars. If you don't agree with my critique of their clothing, then I would definitely recommend them to you because the overall experience of designing your own clothes is really a lot of fun!
Disclosure: I received a $25 Gift Certificate from Fashion Playtes in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!