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Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York

The first Earth Day was back in 1970 and mobilized 20 million people in the U.S. to advocate publicly for a cleaner world. Now in 2021, the 51st anniversary, the whole globe is in on the act. 

Sometimes I think people get stymied in their efforts to go green because the problems seem so large. But as my husband likes to say – “How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time.” Which is not very earthy, but you get the picture. 

Here are five easy ways for your family to love the earth this year.

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Thank you notes & kids: practice makes (almost) perfect

Monday, April 12, 2021 4:12:29 PM America/New_York

Like my friend Andrea, my husband has always been the ‘Thank You note enforcer’ in the house. Over time, I have come to really appreciate his effort with our kids. Good manners are important. So is gratitude. 

And hopefully the habit of writing a personal note – in an age of quick texts and “likes” – is one that will stick until my children are grown.

“It’s important to be gracious,” Andrea said. “It makes people feel respected and special when you are gracious, and that can only be good. It is so vital that kids know this.”

In addition to demonstrating good manners, Sarah also notes another benefit.

“Someday they will need the skill for college and job interviews,” she said.

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Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:54:19 AM America/New_York

It is coming up on crunch time for getting the annual Easter basket together. If you’re coming up short on ideas, consider the following.

While candy is a basket staple, consider gifting your kids with things they will use in the months ahead too.

Easter Bunny Marina likes to include summer items that are fun – and needed – like a coverup, swimsuit, and flip flops.

“This year it will be summer shorts [and] tops and a fun item, like a mini backpack,” she said. 

Allison is including new rain boots and raincoat along with summer shirts, water shoes, a water bottle – as well as an electric toothbrush.

“She’s fascinated with these,” Allison says.

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Q & A with Tara McSherry

Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:40:26 PM America/New_York

Tara McSherry is a hand embroiderer living just outside of Chattanooga, TN with her husband and two boys. She says that whenever people call her an artist, she just laughs.

“I’m incredibly practical,” she says. “I don’t paint, I don’t sculpt. I think of myself as utilitarian. I’m more like a carpenter, but no one would deny a carpenter is an artist at some point.”

We wanted to find out more about her artistry and her inspiration – so we did.

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Purge with confidence

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:30:27 AM America/New_York

For many, January is the month parents tackle closet cleaning and sort through clothes for donation, or possibly resale. The biggest decision– to involve the kids, or not.

If they are small, then it’s a job best done alone. But if your children are older, they can help.

Mindy even asks her kids to do most of the work, making three piles: a giveaway pile, a “maybe” section for things that they might have outgrown or aren’t sure if they like, and a “keep” pile.

“I ignore the keep pile and do a swift look through the giveaway pile to make sure they didn’t just put all their church clothes in there,” she said. “Then we’re left with the “maybe” pile. I usually talk through that one with them. Somehow, it is always the smallest one, too.”

Rachel keeps a plastic laundry basket at the bottom of the closet.

“If they try something on and it doesn’t fit, they put it in the basket,” she said. “Once the basket is full, I send it on to cousins and friends. If it is monogrammed or otherwise special, I keep it in a box at top of closet with the thought I will one day have it made into a quilt.”

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Special occasion dressing doesn’t have to be a drag

Monday, December 28, 2020 12:16:01 PM America/New_York

Some parents have children who don’t mind dressing up for the holidays and some parents just get lucky. 

“We took Christmas pictures in early November and my then 2.5 year old decided it was another dress up for trick or treating,” Lauren said. “We told the photographer to ask her to say trick or treat instead of cheese. Worked like a charm!”

There are some tried and true methods to get the kids on board with holiday attire. And one of the first is to try and find clothes that are both cute and workable.

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From man to man to zone defense: parenting two or more kids

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:10:47 AM America/New_York

As someone who hit the breaks at two kids, I am always in awe of those who go for three or more children. People say that you are transitioning from man to man to zone defense, but I’ve always thought it looked more like herding cats. At any rate, I wanted to know how on earth they do it. So, I asked.

Every mother I talked to said that one thing is mandatory – readjusted expectations. Especially when the kids are small, it is just a matter of getting through it.

“My advice is to lower your standards, and then lower them some more and just roll with it,” said Sarah. “Early bedtimes are critical. And always have snacks.”

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Our Cup of Tea: 6 Posh British Children's Brands We Carry

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6:44:12 PM America/New_York

If you want your little prince or princess to look just like the fashion authorities of Kensington Palace—by that we mean Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, obviously—then you’ve got to turn to the British baby boutiques that outfit them. The Brits have always had a special way of dressing their little ones, and it’s not all that different from the sweet Southern styles we’re used to. Think tartan plaid, pea coats, pretty pleats and plenty of smocking…all topped off with some British flair, of course!  

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When you think of  traditional handmade clothing, there’s a good chance that embroidery pops into your head. This ornamental sewing technique has been in the textile game for centuries, with early examples dating back as far as 30,000 B.C. It has been used in clothing, décor and art throughout the world ever since, especially in the Middle East, South America, Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe. Traditionally, embroidery takes the form of colorful, elaborate designs, perhaps showcasing bright florals, complex geometric patterns or narrative designs.

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Traditional Children's Clothing Dictionary from A to Z

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6:53:26 PM America/New_York

When you’re perusing the web for adorable heirloom-worthy children’s clothes, you might come across a few terms that sound a bit puzzling. Boutique and homegrown clothing brands often use traditional patterns and sewing techniques that have been in the family for generations, so some of the lingo might not be in your lexicon just yet. No worries! The team at Bagsy is here to help you understand all the ins and outs of traditional children’s clothes, so you can choose hand-me-down worthy styles that capture that traditional, Southern, nautical, New England or preppy something-special. Here are all the terms you need to know.

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  • Appliqué—The French art of appliqué includes creating traditional adornments that are used to bring dimension, color and personality to kids’ clothes. The technique requires a sewn-on design in a different material, creating a layered and ornamental look.
  • Bishop Dress—These are the loose-fitting, free-flowing and pleated dresses you’re probably thinking of when you think of Southern or traditional girls’ clothing. Usually, they are smocked around the neckline and may have raglan sleeves with elastic and ruffles.

Bishop Dress

  • Bloomers—Perfect for newborns and infants, baby bloomers are diaper covers or bottoms that can be worn beneath dresses and skirts. They are often ruffled.
  • Bonnet—If you know one Southern baby item, it’s probably the bonnet. These are traditional kids’ head covers that are tied under the chin and often feature a ruffled brim.
  • Bubble—Think of bubbles as a mix between a romper and a dress. They typically feature a standard romper shape (with no legs) and a poufy, bubbled bottom.
  • Gingham—Traditionally speaking, gingham is a lightweight, woven cotton cloth in a checkered white and blue, white and red or white and pink color. These days, it refers mostly to the checked pattern and not so much the cotton fabric.
  • John John—These adorable boys’ rompers get their name because they were an outfit staple for John F. Kennedy Jr. (nicknamed John John) when his pops was in the White House. They are usually shorts length, sleeveless garments similar to overalls.

John John outfit

  • Layette—Traditionally, the word “layette” refers to a set of clothing for newborns, usually encompassing a go-home outfit, pajamas, onesies, undershirts and more. Today, layettes often refer to infant pajamas or sleepers only.
  • Longall—In Southern apparel, you’ve got your longalls and your shortalls. Longalls are essentially long—and often long-sleeved—versions of the John John. They are one-piece boys’ outfits that typically feature a collar or are sleeveless and can be worn over a collared shirt.
  • Peter Pan Collar—Nothing screams traditional charm like the Peter Pan collar! This is a type of collar featuring rounded ends that meet in at the front, often added to dresses, button-up shirts and rompers.

Peter Pan Collar

  • Pleat—Pleats are the little folds or creases often added to dresses and skirts to create more dimension and style.
  • Seersucker—Seersucker is typically a striped fabric that has an alternating flat and puckered surface. It’s traditionally worn in spring and summer.
  • Shortall—Shortalls are—you guessed it!—short versions of longalls. They’re one-piece romper-like outfits featuring shorts, usually with a short-sleeved or sleeveless design.
  • Smocking—Smocking is the quintessential adornment of Southern baby clothes! This is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it creates a stretch. It looks like tight, textured pleats and often features an ornamental stitching pattern. Smocking is often added to dresses and rompers for boys and girls.
  • Tab Dress—Tab dresses are gaining tons of popularity among practical parents. These cute little girls’ dresses are equipped with built-in tabs that can be swapped out for different occasions, so you can get several occasional styles from a single dress. Some parents use the tabs to create monograms without ruining a dress’s hand-me-down potential.
  • Tartan—Like gingham, tartan is a traditional pattern that you’ll often find on more formal and classic children’s apparel. This Scottish plaid has crisscrossed lines, usually in traditional red, green and yellow.

So, there you have it—your complete dictionary of commonly used terms in traditional kids’ clothing! If you have any questions whatsoever about a specific shape, adornment or fabric on any piece of clothing in our selection, you can always give us a shout and we’ll do our best to hunt down the answer for you.

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