Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review of Our Family Matching Holiday Sets - Shrinkage, Washing and Sizing Details



Here is a in-depth review of our products by a professional reviewer who we sent a sample set of our Winter Snowflake outfits to. There was no consideration paid. She did an amazing job of describing quality and fit of our matching family christmas clothing and how they wash and shrink. We hope this is helpful to you as you choose outfits for your family:

** Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational and entertainment purposes. Footsteps Clothing sells pajamas in adult sizes only and does NOT sell pajamas in childrens sizes. All outfits in childrens sizes are designed as playwear and not intended for sleeping activities.

The Footstep Clothing outfits are of nice quality and I happy not only to wear them but would be happy to give them as gifts. The grey pants are made out of heavy duty sweat pant material. The blue top is made of heavy weight cotton. In addition to grey pants I am also including an evaluation of blue/white flannel pants. The blue/white pants are made from a lightweight flannel and available in other Footstep offerings.

What I always want to know when I buy closing on-line are exact measurements, quality of the material as well as color-fastness of the material and the goal of this review is to provide this additional information.

I hand washed pants and top in warm water and took pictures of the water after soaking each piece for 10 minute to test color fastness of each piece. After washing the outfit in warm water I dried them on medium heat in the dryer. I measured the items before and after laundering them to aid in proper sizing after the initial shrinking. Size note: I like my outfits loose and ordered 2X size, all measurements below are for that size but the relative shrinkage can be generalized for the fabric of any size.

Grey sweat pants measurements: -------------------- Waist before laundry: 38 inches Waist after laundry: 38 inches Hips before laundry: 48 inches Hips after laundry: 48 inches Length before laundry (from waist to the bottom, measured on the side): 45.5 inches Length after laundry(from waist to the bottom, measured on the side): 45.5 inches Summary: No shrinking, color fast (see notes below)

Blue/white flanel pants measurements: -------------------- Waist before laundry: 34 inches Waist after laundry: 34 inches Hips before laundry: 48 inches Hips after laundry: 47 inches Length before laundry (from waist to the bottom, measured on the side): 45 inches Length after laundry(from waist to the bottom, measured on the side): 42.5 inches Summary: Some shrinking, not color fast (see notes below)

Blue top measurements: ------------------ Breast before laundry: 51 inches Breast after laundry: 50 inches Length before laundry (from waist to the bottom, measured in the back): 31 inches Length after laundry(from waist to the bottom, measured in the back): 25 inches Crew neck opening before laundry (at shoulder seam): 6 inches Crew neck opening before laundry (at shoulder seam): 5.5 inches Sleeve before laundry: 28 inches Sleeve after laundry: 25 inches Summary: Slight shrinking, not color fast (see notes below)

Grey sweat pants notes: -------------------- Construction: high quality heavy duty double-stich construction (as seen in image #6, which shows waist band and the pant leg) Pockets: yes, 2 pockets (image #8, left shows nice finish on the pocket) Waist band: elastic plus cord for tightening if needed (Image #6) Color fast: Picture #7 shows no discoloration of water, the pants did not bleed any color at all Material: heavy duty, good stretch

Blue/white flannel pants notes: -------------------- Pockets: no Waist band: elastic plus cord for tightening if needed (photo #1) Color fast: Picture #5 shows slight discoloration of water, I expect the color bleed will stop after 2-3 launderings Material: light weight, no stretch

Blue Top notes: -------------------- Construction: high quality heavy duty double-stich construction (as seen in image #2) Print: there is a design both on the front and the back of the top. Both are printed (not embroidered). The front has an image of a snowflake with "Love your family" phrase written in script font. The back has LYF logo, and in in small font "love your family by footstep clothing". Photo #3 shows close-up of the front, photo #2 shows close-up of the back. Color fast: Picture #4 shows significant discoloration of water, I expect the color bleed will stop after 4-5 launderings Material: heavy duty, some stretch

Grey sweat pants label: -------------------- 60% cotton, 40% polyester Machine wash in cold water Do not Bleach Tumble Dry Low setting Made in Guatemala

Blue/white flannel pants label: -------------------- 100% cotton Machine wash in cold water Low Iron Do not Bleach Tumble Dry Low setting

Blue Top label: -------------------- 100% cotton Machine wash in warm water Non-chlorine bleach Tumble Dry medium setting Do not iron Do not dry clean Made in Honduras

There is a large variety of designs available from Footstep Clothing. I was looking for universal design of neutral colors without much lettering. The blue top with a snowflake and grey bottom fit my requirement best. The blue plaid was very pretty and matched the blue shade of the top.

Overall, I am pleased with Footstep clothing sets. They did undergo some shrinkage after the initial wash, so I hope my measurements will help you to select the right size.

I received an evaluation pair of Footsteps Clothing sets to provide an honest and unbiased review. In this review I noted both positives and negatives of my experience and if you have any questions I have not covered in my review I am always happy to respond to comments.