Patouche: Clothes That Keep Going and Going and Going…

06/27/2009 at 03:00 PM ET

We all love dressing our children in adorable clothing, but sometimes it can mean spending a lot of money on something they’ll only wear a couple of times. Not so with clothes from Patouche.

Handmade in Canada in small batches, Patouche clothes (starting at $28) are designed to grow with your child. The reversible little smock top pictured above that fits an 8-month-old like a dress, can be worn year after year, still functioning as a top five years down the road. Seriously. Five years! Now that’s a wise investment.

How do they do it? Armholes are generously cut, pants have large cuffs and waistbands are elasticized. Every little detail ensures that these clothes will last for years. (The pants pictured at left are the same size and style pictured on a three-year-old and a five-year-old.) And that’s a very, very good thing because I guarantee they’ll be some of the most beautiful clothes in their closet!

And a sweet bonus — Patouche clothes are also designed with an element of fun in mind. The Pirate Pants my son has been wearing lately have a stick loop (for holding a found ‘sword’) and a treasure pocket (last filled with dandelions and small stones). Lucky for him, the pants are sticking around for a nice long time.


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Mira on

I think this is kind of silly. My kids ruin clothes long before they outgrow them.

nancy kowardy on

i think it is great!i make clothing and use high quality materials.I love the fact that tthe same pants i made for my oldest were handed down to my second,and he still wears them 5 years later(though they now fit as lowrise,knee length shorts!LOL).they may not look picture perfect anymore but they are perfect for playing outside,climbing trees and being a kid!

justme on

these are just too cute

Rebecca on

That’s Butterick pattern 5439! I’ve made it for my girls using snaps instead of tying them. MUCH cheaper to make them yourself!

M on

these clothes are… ugly

Alex on

Yup, no offence, because I think the idea is beyond cute (!) but the clothes are not massively attractive. For clothes that start at £17, I would want something that looked nicer. I don’t really believe they would last that long on an active child either. I think I would rather head to Primark and get a bunch of stuff for less!

Bren on

I think the clothes cute be cuter patterns but I love the idea and actually think it would be cheaper to make yourself.

The Mrs on

It’s very European looking. Not the best looking fabrics, but still kind of cute. I think it is way too expensive for being sold on Etsy. Surf around to other sellers and you will find better prices and cuter outfits.