The school holidays are more than halfway over, so my mind is turning to what we need for September. Betsy is in 6th form, so no uniform required, just the usual assortment of pens and folders for her. Syd is obviously too small for school, so no worries there, but Max is starting a new school in September and therefore requires a whole new uniform, so when Morrisons asked if I would like to try some of their new Nutmeg school uniform range I was delighted to agree.
The range is designed with both kids and parents in mind. It is pocket friendly, with all items coming in at £3 or under. It is also child friendly, with extra effort put into easy fastenings, soft comfortable fabrics, and no scratchy labels. The latter is especially important if you have a child like mine who is extra sensitive to itchy/spiky bits on clothes. There are also pre-attatched name labels- yay!
For me the most important thing is do they wash well, and can I avoid ironing them? I hate ironing, and try to do it as rarely as possible! The shirts are labelled ‘easy iron’, but I have given them a wash, and by following my usual trick of taking them out as soon as the wash has finished, giving them a good strong shake out, and hanging up immediately, you can get away without ironing at all. The collars are reinforced to hold their shape, and they also come with a spare button- vital if you have an active boy like mine. The trousers are teflon coated to avoid stains- again very handy if you have a boy who tends to come home with grass stained knees!
In terms of fit- the trousers have an adjustable waist so will grow with them over the year. I got the age 10-11 for Max as he turns 10 in October, and is slightly tall for his age – they are a little long- but by the time his shoes are on they will be safely off the floor- so no tattered heels for him! The shirt fits really well, the socks are nice and stretchy and the plimsolls comfortable. Can’t fault it- well made, fits well, Max likes it, and so far easy to wash – top marks.
The Nutmeg range also includes sweatshirts and cardigans, but as with a lot of schools, ours insists on its own logoed items, only available through the school, and at a considerably higher price than the Morrisons range. I have to say this behaviour from schools does bug me a bit, as we all need to watch the pennies at the moment.
We were also sent a few bits of essential stationery. As Max is moving up to middle school he will now be in need of a proper scientific calculator, as well as a maths set. He will also need to start using ink for all his work, as opposed to pencil, so the Berol handwriting pen will be a good starter cartridge pen for him. The Morrisons back to school stationery range offers good value, the maths set is just a pound, and the calculator £3. I just wish they did something to help me when the inevitable moment comes when I can no longer understand his maths homework….
Love Miss Cisco XXX
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