I placed my first order with Pumpkin Patch only a few weeks ago and was very impressed with their service. Bearing in mind my order was shipped from New Zealand, it arrived in very good time and I was kept up to date with it's progress.
I ordered all 0-3 months sized clothes for my unborn baby, and must say that the sizes really are more like newborn - perhaps they have smaller babies in New Zealand?
Despite that, the quality is good, great fabric and finishing, there were a few tail end of cotton, but these were easily snipped off, lovely colours (ie. not just blues for boys) and designs (sail boats seem to be very "in" for boys this season!), I can't wait to see my new baby in them!
In conclusion, I would buy from Pumpkin Patch again, but would make sure to buy in a size larger than I would need - lovely clothes, it's just a shame that my baby probably won't get much wear out of them - fortunately I bought them in the sale for bargain prices so I don't mind too much!
For those of you who haven't shopped in Pumpkin Patch it is basically a premium childrens clothing store. They also have an online store at pumpkinpatch.co.uk
I buy clothes online and in store in my local shop which is in Cardiff.
Pumpkin Patch stock;
Baby clothes which range from newborn to 18 months,
Little boy and Little girl ranges from 6 months to 5 years,
Boy and girl ranges from 5 years to 11 years
and maternity clothes.
The baby clothes like most shops start off with new baby then 0-3 and 3-6, where they then differ is that from 6 months the clothes go up in increments of 6 months.
I am normally used to buying 6-9 for my daughter. However in Pumpkin Patch the clothes come up a little larger than other stores. The jeans, skirts and trousers have adjustable waistbands and a lot of the jeans and trousers can be rolled up or down to suit your baby.
The choice and quality of the clothing is really good. What I like about shopping here is that a lot of the clothes are designed in ranges where you can get the whole outfit to match.
Price wise I think the clothes are very reasonable a pair of jeans is around £18-£20, t shirts cost £10-£16 depending on the detail, a lot of the tops have really nice embroidery and detailing and jumpers and cardis are around the £20 mark.
The clothes wash really well, compared to the likes of Asda and Matalan the clothes keep their shape better and also I find the sizing is better. The dresses are really pretty and feminine and they also have matching tights and headbands for a lot of the clothing that they sell.
I love Pumpkin Patch and would give their clothes 5 out of 5.
Pumpkin Patch is my current favourite store for children's clothes. Ranging from newborn to 11 years in both boys and girls plus an extra range called urban angel from 8-16 years. Pumpkin patch offers truly unique, individual clothing of a high standard.
Pumpkin Patch originates in New Zealand and is very popular there. My sister in law lives there and regular sends clothes from there.
Admittedly some things are pricey but they are really made to last and offer clothes so different from what you can buy in the clothes shops. Clothes for girls especially are beautiful, colourful and wonderfully girly. Jeans for young boys tend to be around £10 to £14 and tshirts between £5 and £10. and a dress will be about £15. One of the drawbacks with the clothes tho is the sizing. They are generous sizing but with babies theres 0-3m 3-6m then it jumps to 6-12m i personally am used to having 6-9 then 9-12.
They have a lot of sales and can mostly bet on around 50% off so a good time to buy. Last week i picked up age 3 jeans for 5.99 bargain. The staff are always friendly and normally offer children a balloon. They are very helpful and keep your details on system and email money off vouchers occasionally.
For a special occasion, something different or everyday i think you will find what you want!
I've been a mum for nearly 6 years now, and I've been shopping at Pumpkin Patch for almost all of that time - it didn't take me long to find out that shopping for children's clothes can be harder than you think. If you have girls everything can be a minefield of pale pink and little else, boys clothes can be quite samey and for both sexes I often find ranges in many stores rather too grown up for my liking. I don't want to spend a fortune on my kids' clothes but I do like them to have a few nice things for best - I think I am probably still scarred from a childhood in the 70's - the clothes weren't the best in that time, but mum, goodness some of your choices were "interesting"!
If you are looking for good quality, funky, but kids' clothes for kids not mini-adults, then Pumpkin Patch is always a good bet.
The brand is of New Zealand origin and has been going since 1990 over there, and since 2000 here. You will now find stores in most major towns (there is a full list of locations on their website), and clothes can be ordered online too. Pumpkin Patch cater for children from 0-13 and also do a range of maternity gear.
I find that the clothes are of a distinctive pumpkin patch style - for girls lots of stripey t-shirts, leggings and jeans as well as some lovely dresses. On our last trip my daughter picked out a lovely red and white tiered skirt with sequins on, with adjustable waist, that is cute without being cutesy, not over-short and is easy to wear - this to me typifies the clothes. You won't find silly slogans on shirts here, what you will find is clothes for both boys and girls that wear well - both myself and my sister pass clothes between siblings - and look good.
Price wise the clothes are probably a little cheaper than Gap, but more pricey than Adams or Next. They do, however, often have sales and this is quite often when I will buy clothes here, on our last trip we came back with the aforementioned skirt but also lots of t-shirts and trousers for £30 or so thanks to a 20% off sale stock offer. The sales in this store are generally good. In the past they have also given you a reusable cloth carrier with the clothes, and there are always balloons in store for your children, which is a nice touch.
You will find that the choice of baby clothes in unisex and boy/girl specific colours is good and will make good presents. Again for practicality these clothes are excellent with poppers in all the right places and those oh-so-clever adjustable waists.
Pumpkin Patch do all the different types of clothes and footwear you can imagine - their wellies are particularly good I have found, and the coats are of excellent quality. Sizing can be different to other stores, though I believe they have recently updated a confusing NB 0, 00, 000 size system to a more conventional 6-12months etc. system. Otherwise the clothes are sized 1, 2, 3 and so on, in line with the year age of the child - I find the sizes appropriate to my children, but they are both of average height and weight.
All the clothes have the prices on them in US dollars, NZ dollars and pounds. All the ones I have ever bought have been dryable by tumble drier on low - this is not always the case with other brands at all, and is a plus when time is short.
I've been into stores in quite a few towns now, wherever I shop I am drawn to them. They are always laid out the same with a boy side, girls side and then seperate ranges from 0-5, 5-11 and also a more grown up range for 8-14 girls called "urban angel". There is generally a tv or toys to keep children entertained - I have found that a few stores have steps in silly places, my 3 year old came a cropper in one once, but generally the shops are well laid out though with a lot crammed in.
I had some maternity clothes from this store, and some of the t-shirts were good, but in general I think that they are aimed at younger and more funky mums - that wasn't really me, but if you are pregnant the clothes are worth a look in what can also be a difficult clothes search.
I haven't ordered frequently on the website as I have found delivery slow in the past, and in fact wondered if the warehouse was in New Zealand. There are generally good reductions available on the site, but I find it to be a bit poorly laid out and hard to trawl through. As the brand has grown in this country delivery may now be quicker, but the website could still do with a bit of a revamp so that you could search more easily and quickly - the pictures don't always show the clothes at their best in my opinion.
Pumpkin Patch do, I believe, offer something a little different and this is the reason that the brand is growing. I don't buy the majority of my kids' clothes there, but I do find that it is a shop that I do use every season and that the clothes can be worn and worn and still look good. Some of my favourite outfits for my children have come from Pumpkin Patch, I can recommend Pumpkin Patch clothes.
I first came across Pumpkin Patch while on a shopping trip in Leeds. I popped in for a quick look, since babywear shops seem few & far between. I was really tempted to buy a few items, but since my 20 week scan was a few weeks away (and I planned on finding out whether baby was a he or a she), I forced myself to leave empty handed & vowed to return again.
Shortly after, a branch of Pumpkin Patch opened in my hometown. I have since seen many branches of the store (on my further afield shopping trips) aswell as concessions within larger department stores. I can only assume that the company (from Australia) is now taking off in a pretty big way here.
When I returned to PP, I wasn't as taken with the selection as I had been on my first visit, but since I don't like come home empty-handed (and there was a multibuy sale on!) I persevered through the selection & left with several sleepsuits/vests & matching socks & a blanket.
Babywear is situated at the entrance to the store & is generally well laid out with boyswear to the left & girlswear to the right. As you move through the store, the babywear leads into clothing for older children. The bottom of the store houses a small selection of maternity clothing & generally some sale areas.
I have found that lately there is always an offer on - such as 'buy 1 get 1 half price', or certain ranges at 40% off. Prices are usually pretty reasonable anyway. The designs tend to centre around a theme/colour scheme with each season, meaning that most of the range will mix and match well. Some clothing rails can be overcrowded & it becomes difficult to see the products on offer, but for the most part things are well laid out. Small gift/novelty items can also be found at the checkout.
The staff have always been pleasant & welcoming. Checkout is usually swift & goods are packaged in sturdy cardboard bags, with (occasionally free) gift boxes on offer if the items are bought as a gift.
Pumpkin Patch shops are few and far between in my experience, but luckily we have one fairly nearby. I love a lot of the clothes but the shop itself it not great. Clothes are too crammed in, so that often you can only see the end of them on a rail rather than being face-on with the cutsomer, so often you feel as though you are digging around looking at items which is not usual in a baby clothes shop. There seems to be too much crammed into too small a space. Also, if there is a sale on it is never clear where the sale stops and the new lines begin which again just adds to the overcrowded feel of the store.
I love Pumpkin Patch clothes. They are more pricey than Next or M&S, a single vest is about £6 and cotton dungarees £14 to give an example, but they are normally very unusual and very comfortable for baby. What I love is that they do a large range of soft trousers and dungarees for boys rather than just jeans and cords which just seem so uncomfortable for a little baby, and unlike places such as Next and M&S they have a wide range of colour choices rather than just baby blue or navy, which gets pretty boring. They have a lovely pair of white cotton dungarees with a lovely pea green trim (sounds awful I know but they are gorgeous) in at the moment in organic cotton and they look so great for spring.
The concessions of Pumpkin Patch in department stores such as House of Fraser always price the stuff at slightly more expensive than the actual Pumpkin Patch store which I don't like.
The other negative thing about the shop is that they advertise 70% or 50% off sales and in our local store most sale items actually only have 20-25% off.
It also gets tedious when every time you get to the checkout you are badgered to join the mailing list or to provide them with your postcode and house number, when really all you want to do is pay for your goods and leave.
Our local Pumpkin Patch is actually a concession within the much larger Jenners store, so I don't imagine it provides the full range of items they stock, but rather a selection.
They cater mostly for babies and younger children, but do cater for up to 13 years I believe.
Their clothes are of wonderful quality, and are always slightly different, and stand out a little. They use good qulity material, and lovely designs. I find their little girls clothes are particularly gorgeous, with the most beautiful little party dresses!
As our store is within Jenners, if is obviously expected to be quite expensive, but I suppose the old saying - you get what you pay for - is true.
Yes, the clothes are more expensive than other high street stores, but I feel the quality given is closer to the higher end designer clothes on the market, which are much more expensive.
I wouldn't recommend shopping for your entire baby's wardrobe in here - at the speed babies grow, they'll be out the clothes in 5 minutes, and you'll be out a fortune! Definately a shop to remember for when they're a little older though!
A lovely shop if your looking for presents for someone who's expecting, or if you're looking for some good quality kids clothes, to make your little ones stand out from the crowd!
My Mother-In-Law took me into Pumpkin Patch when I was pregnant and ended up spending a fortune on baby clothes!
Pumpkin Patch do a wide range of both baby clothes and older girls and boys clothes which are all very reasonably priced. They also often have sales on where you can pick up the clothes very cheaply.
Pumpkin Patch also do a small selection of maternity wear but I seem to remember this being very limited and quite expensive.
The clothes in Pumpkin Patch are of excellent quality and, because there are not any of their shops in our immediate area (our nearest store being around 50 miles away) my little boy is able to wear different clothes to other babies I know. Everyone comments on the clothes when he wears them as they are just so different and gorgeous!
Ethan has now worn his Pumpkin Patch clothes on quite a few occasions and none of them have lost any colour or shape during washing.
They also have the most gorgeous little brightly coloured booties with animals on!
The stores I have been in have been arranged really well and are really easy to get around and find what you are looking for. The shops are always nice and bright and I have found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly.
Definetly worth a look especially at sale time!