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clothes, labels and soft waisted trousers-any suggestions?

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hazeyjane Fri 01-Nov-13 09:38:48

ds has started to get very picky about clothes, he gets very upset about the labels in the side of tshirts, but if I chop them out he worries at the cut edge all the time. I struggle to get him into trousers with normal waistbands, at the moment I have a pair of mini boden jeans (soft waistband but expensive) and jogging bottoms on rotation.

I am going to have to buy some more stuff, any suggestions of places that do soft waisted trousers (would like a mix of joggers and other trousers), also ideas about the labels.


Jacksterbear Fri 01-Nov-13 09:58:50

Next do jeans and combat trousers with soft jersey waistbands and quite soft denim (although DS is still not keen on them and lives in track suit bottoms outside school).

We also cut the waistbands off school trousers and replace them with jersey ones taken off grown-out-of Next trousers. (Sorry I'm not sure if your ds is school age.)

There are websites that do specialist soft clothes for children with sensory difficulties but they are horribly expensive.

Labels - if you pull at the frayed bit where you've cut, you can usually pull away or at least soften the remains of the label a bit. Also different brands have labels that aren't at the collar/waistband but lower down so the frayed bit is less annoying (some M&S clothes are like this).

PolterGoose Fri 01-Nov-13 10:46:25

Ds has had some Soft clothes from Sensory Smart They are expensive but they do wash well and really are beautifully soft.

Cotton Comfort specialise in eczema friendly clothing and do have sales, lots of flat seams and no labels, but it is mostly underwear, base layers and sleepwear.

PolterGoose Fri 01-Nov-13 10:49:08

Ds mostly lives in Next joggers and tees. The tops mostly have printing instead of a label at the neck but still have a side label, you could just trim that seam to remove all remnants of label and then sew a new bit of seam, it would make the top a bit lopsided but I'm sure ds won't mind!

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 01-Nov-13 11:03:45

I get stuff for dd3 from H&M, I'm sure I've got ds2 soft waist trousers from there in the past

ouryve Fri 01-Nov-13 11:34:32

Lots of shops are putting printed labels into the yokes of clothes. A bit less itchy (not entirely itch free IME) so they're worth looking at.

A bit of bias binding might cover the raw edges of any side seam labels that have been removed.

And my boys aren't that bothered by waistbands (I am, but I have no waist grin) but do spend a lot of time in Next joggers.

ouryve Fri 01-Nov-13 11:35:42

Oh - and in cold vest weather, I wear many of my vests inside out grin

hazeyjane Fri 01-Nov-13 19:31:43

Thankyou so much for all this

The next stuff looks great, I got some jeans with a soft waistband on ebay today for 99p, I want to make sure I get the sizing right, because ds has very short legs.

Inside out vests is a very good idea!

ouryve Fri 01-Nov-13 20:34:51

Short legs make it a bit easier, hazey. DS1 has his dad's long legs, now, with his slim hips, and about 1 in every 3 pairs of trousers gets passed down to DS2, unworn, because the legs are far too short by the time they stay up! Some just end up in the charity shop, bypassing DS2, who would be even skinnier if it wasn't for the giant nappies, too!

VikingLady Fri 01-Nov-13 20:38:44

If you check the labels, some are more fabric-y where others seem to be covered in a sort of plastic that stops them fraying (Primark are like that for adult clothes). If you get the fabric ones you can cut them close to the seam then use tweezers to pull out the remaining threads. You may need to get some pointy tweezers!

I have to do this to my own clothes (ASD).

hazeyjane Fri 01-Nov-13 20:42:04

That is interesting, vikinglady. I did that with a soft label on ds's tshirt today, so it was quite soft and fibre-y, when he was watching TV, he rolled up his shirt and stroked it, he has a real thing for hair, and I wondered if it felt the same and had the same soothing effect. Strangely the other thing that he loves running his hand through is a tub of lego pieces - strange boy!

NoHaudinMaWheest Fri 01-Nov-13 21:12:32

If you use a seam ripper on the stitches that attach the label instead of scissors it is usually easier to get the whole label off.

Naoko Fri 01-Nov-13 21:15:15

Yes, I second a seam ripper - I can't abide labels in clothes myself and that's how I remove them from mine. I used to cut them until I was looking at the seam ripper from my sewing kit one day and went 'hang on a second....'. It's so much better.

Jacksterbear Fri 01-Nov-13 22:51:10

Ooh, I've no idea what a seam ripper is but I'm off to google it! smile

magso Sat 02-Nov-13 12:06:22

Seam ripper is sometimes called a quick unpick. John Lewis usually stock them in the haberdashery department. They also sell soft elastic to thread in waistbands and threaders to assist with the task. Usually you need some sewing skills to put in a replacement elastic if the garment was not designed for easy adjustment. Ds cannot get on with the buttons of adjustable elastic ( or the insecurity of the too weak elastic they use) so I simply change the elastic.
Ds lives in soft jersey rugby shirts, and pull up cords (Boden cord baggies but I have to adjust the waist). They are expensive but I tend to buy when there is an offer or sale. Sadly they only go up to size 12 now -ds is older. I found H&M good for pull up and comfortable styles up to age 7 as their young children's range goes up to 7-8 size, as do many brands from countries where children start formal school a little later than here. Zara also usually have a couple of pull up styles, with a complete waist band tube for not too difficult adjustment for skinny ds. Oddly Sainsburys and Tesco can be good for soft simple clothes, without the extra bits that can be irritating. Sainsburys have some ladies seamless socks ( ultra comfort) in black size 4-7 which might suit older boys.

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