Which do you prefer?
DD doesn't start school til next September but these things plague my mind
Is it actually possible to hand down items of school uniform to younger siblings or do they get totally worn out?
I'd say it's very possible to hand down items of uniform, at least in Primary; dd is in Reception and is growing so fast that much of her uniform is barely worn before we've had to buy the next size up. I have handed several items to other people and to the school to use in case of accidents, and most of them look brand new.
I don't iron-on or sew. I just write their name on the label
We have passed items of uniform on and had them passed on to us - well except for the boys trousers in top juniors which they wore through in no time.
I bought some with a stud thing you just clip on, so no sew or ironing involved. Just use a fabric pen now - most school clothes have a label with "name...............". Still hasn't stopped three cardigans disappearing so far this year, though
I stick them in with this no-sew glue stuff - you can buy it from asda and it's usually sold near the check-outs, made by bostik. It's wash and tumble-dry proof provided you stick it on properly - sometimes they come off but very rarely. You mustn't use too much though as it can come through clothes onto the other side and be a bit messy!
Well I had a tip to get sew-on ones printed with both your kids' names (if you only have 2 like me) eg John Smith Jane so you only have to order one set (is anyone going to use 100 labels on 1 child?) You just fold the unwanted bit behind and resew later if needed. I also like the idea of not permanently marking something to pass it on. We also have a very common surname so I will have to put the christian names in each time. I'd be happy to buy 2nd hand uniform but there's something a bit yucky about manky ironed-on labels.
However, I have a very pronounced lazy streak combined with rubbish sewing ability so I am still stumped.