Updated: May 30, 2021
As the sun starts to peek through, here's a roundup of Popsy and Mama's handmade summer dresses designed specifically for your baby girls.
Popsy and Mama's
handmade summer dresses for baby girls
May. Yes, May. How are we already at the end of May? It's a shame the weather hasn't been as warm this year, but I'm keeping everything crossed (as I'm sure you are) that the sun starts making a more regular appearance soon.
Summer is a favourite time of year for me and Poppy. We get to explore outside more freely and spend hours with friends running through fields, playing in parks and if we're lucky, dipping our toes in the sea.
I also love the summer season as it means I spend a lot of my time sewing colourful, warm-weather-vibe prints for your little people. As the sun has made the odd appearance and is starting to peek through, I thought it was time I dedicated a blog post to my handmade summer dresses for baby girls collection. So, here it is...
And, while you browse, excuse me while I go off to do a sun dance!
(Founder of Popsy and Mama)
P.S. Remember if you have any questions about shopping with Popsy and Mama just drop me a note and I'll be in touch.
Handmade Summer Dresses Collection
There are two Popsy and Mama dress styles for the summer months, they are the Pinafore Dress and the Gathered Dress. Both are made from 92% cotton and 8% lycra, which means they're soft and have plenty of flexibility to allow your little ones to move freely. There's also a Limited Edition dress style and print this year - the Cross Over Pinnie in the Botanical Dragonflies print.
The Pinafore Dress
Size: 0-3 months to 5-6 years
Price: from £20
The Pinafore Dress has straps that popper up at the front. The best thing about our Pinafore Dress style is that your little one can wear it on its own, or with a short or long sleeve top underneath when the weather is a bit chiller. All of the dresses also come with a very attractive (if I say so myself) contrasting colour lining.
The Gathered dress
Size: 0-3 months to 5-6 years
Price: from £22
The Gathered Dress has a slight scoop neckline, is ruched around the chest, and comes in three sleeve lengths: short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve or long sleeve. The choice is yours. Just under the knee is where most of the dresses sit on your little people, however this obviously changes as they grow.
The Limited Edition Cross Over Pinnie Dress
Size: 0-3 months to 5-6 years
Price: from £22
The Limited Edition Cross Over Pinnie Dress has straps that cross over at the back with poppers, so you can adjust the size and fit. There's also an elasticated back and it's lined in a contrasting colour to the print you choose. As it's a Limited Edition it's only available in one print: "Botanical Butterflies". If you like this style, be quick, as once the fabrics gone, it's gone (no pressure)!
Summer Dress prints
Every season at Popsy and Mama we release a new print edit. For summer 2021 we've launched a Mini Summer print edit of four prints, and introduced a whopping ten more prints to our Childhood Tales print collection which is inspired by favourite stories and fairytales. However, as always there are still our previous season prints to choose from, so do check these out too.
Here's a list of some of our most popular summer prints (image of each print below):
Summer Dream Jars
Tigers and Tea (inspired by 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea')
Farthing Animals (inspired by 'The Animals of Farthing Wood')
Paper Dolls (inspired by 'The Paper Dolls')
Wish Upon a Star (inspired by 'Pinocchio')
Woodland Friends (inspired by 'The Wind in the Willows')
Summer Dream Jars \\ Vintage Butterflies
Summer Memories \\ Lunar Garden
Tiger Check \\ Tigers and Tea
Farthing Animals \\ Paper Dolls
Wish Upon a Star \\ Woodland Friends
Little people rocking our handmade summer girls dresses
Our very beautiful Popsy and Mama brand reps have already started stylishly-rocking their summer printed dresses. Let's hope we get more sunny days so we continue our summer adventures with our families wearing our favourite warm-weather clothes!
Sitting pretty is lovely Izzy from @wendy23woo in her "Lunar Garden" Gathered Dress
Vi from @bid_melia styling out the 'Harry Potter' look in the "Schools Out" Pinafore Dress
Little Cici from @saiyan_and_cienna getting stuck into a book in her "Tigers and Tea" dress
Sienna from @teesy_and_see is in exploring mode in her "Vintage Butterflies" dress
Lottie from @lifewith_tylerandlottie enjoys garden days in her "Summer Dream Jars" dress
Lil' Tilly from @theadventuresoftillyandco rocks the Limited Edition Crossover Pinnie Dress
UK summer days out for babies and toddlers
Right, so now we've got the summer outfits sorted, it's time to head out and show off our wares! Plus it looks like we will get the summer we all hoped for with no lockdown restrictions.
Stuck for places to go with your little people? Here are my top places to go to entertain babies and toddlers in the summer months. If you have more ideas, please do share them in the comment box below.
Your local farm
Now farms and wildlife parks are open again, they're the perfect place to take babies and toddlers. Babies get a lot of stimulation from seeing new things and toddlers will thoroughly enjoy hearing the animal noises and getting to touch them (if they're allowed). I particularly love Finkley Down Farm near me, but there are hundreds of farms and wildlife parks to choose from across the UK.
Splash around in a swimming or paddling pool
Splashing around in the water is normally a really enjoyable activity for babies and children. While your baby might not be sure at first, gradually ease them into the water and before you know it they're likely to be splashing around and giggling with glee. Swimming pools are now open again, or if you'd prefer to stay more local why not get the paddling pool out and fill it with warm water?
Visit an aquarium
Continuing the water theme, aquariums are extremely wonderful places to take children. Even the tiniest of babies will enjoy seeing the colours, water and light shining through the glass of the fish tanks. Toddlers will no doubt be completely engaged watching different types of fish and sea life swimming around too. The gift shop at the end always rounded off the trip on a high when I used to take Poppy. And, with plenty of gifts priced at £1 or less, I didn't have to spend a fortune!
A bus or train ride
We forget how the simplest of things can be entertaining for babies and children. Trips on buses and trains are rare this days, especially after the pandemic. So, if you're stuck for something to do hop on your local bus or take the train to a nearby town. The journey itself will be an adventure for little people, you don't need anything else!
Dip your toes in the sea
Beaches are hugely exciting places for babies and children. The vast amount of new sights and noises is very stimulating - and that's before you get to playing in the sand and splashing in the sea. Even if the weather isn't up to scratch visiting the beach in coats and wellies can be lots of fun. Pack a picnic, pop a bucket and spade in the car, and voila you're on the way to having a great day out at the seaside. If the nearest beach feels too far to you, why not have a picnic by your local river or lake instead?
Theatre shows for little people
Visits to the theatre has been one of the social things I've missed the most in lockdown. Poppy and I have always enjoyed seeing what's on for children at our local arts centres and popping the occasions into our diary. Now the theatres are opening back up there's bound to be plenty of events on to entertain babies and children. A favourite of ours is watching Nick Cope in his live shows, however we've just booked to see an outdoor puppet performance of The Jungle Book too.
Games to enjoy in the garden
If getting out and about feels like too much effort (I get it, I've been there), here are some ideas of activities to do with your little people in your own back garden:
Blow bubbles - encourage your children to pop them and chase them.
Explore textures - put a variety of textures on a tray: jelly, pasta shells, water etc.
Peek a boo - adapt the game for babies and toddlers so they enjoy it
Cardboard box play - children love cardboard boxes, pop them in and watch them explore
Plant seeds - good for toddlers, plant a seed and watch it grow together
Playdough fun - perfect messy play for outside
Read a book - so simple, but an enjoyable activity to do outside
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