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While shopping in B & M we came across this Dora quilt set reduced to just £3.50. For a character quilt cover set I thought this was a fantastic price, and as my daughter loves Dora the Explorer I knew she would love it. Upon opening at home I was even happier to see it was actually a reversible quit set. Each side had a different design both as lovely as the next so my little girl could choose which side she wanted to use. Both sides are bright and colourful and perfect for any little girls room. One side has smaller pictures of Dora while the other has large images. Both sides have a patchwork design with flowers and images of Dora, but by differing the sizes of patterns and layout of the colours it provides two completely different scenes.
The quilt set is made from 100% polyester. I have to admit I do not like polyester quilt sets usually. I find they slide off the quilt a lot quicker than cotton versions and can be a nightmare to get them to sit correctly on the quilt. This has proved to be true with this set. While I can get it on easily enough I do find each morning when I am sorting the beds it has become loose and hanging at the bottom of the quilt. It fits a single quilt perfectly without being baggy at the edges or too tight, but the slightest movement makes the poppers undo and the quilt cover begin to slide off.
Once laid on the bed it looks impressive and the mixture of colours and patterns are exciting for little one to look at. It does have poppers to keep the covers securely in place but unfortunately these seem to come undone with even the lightest wiggle of the material. The set is very soft so causes no irritation to my little girl and she is more than happy with this set. It has a real silky feeling to the material but it is a little thin compared to other character sets that we own. It feels nice on the skin so provides a comfortable night's sleep.
My main complaint is how it has fared in the wash. While with the first wash it was just a little of the colour it has got progressively worse. Each and every time I wash this set more of the colouring has drained out of it. I followed the care instructions and put them in with the rest of the bedding so there is no reason for this to happen. Now it looks really faded and patchy and unfortunately looks really tired on my little girl's bed. She still loves it as you can still tell it is Dora but it has been very disappointing for me. We have owned this since January and it is already looking that tired it will need to be thrown out very soon.
While this is a very attractive set when first purchased it has quickly become tired and dull. The once vibrant colours are almost nonexistent now, and only the Dora prints and patchwork design remains. It looks as though this set is four years old rather than four months, and considering I stuck to the washing guidelines it is disappointing. I found the loss of colour that bad I would have returned it had it not been on sale for such a low price. I was lucky that we purchased ours for just over £3 but it is available on Amazon from between £6-£12. I would say give this a miss even if your child is a huge Dora fan as the quality is really lacking. We have other Dora sets that have lasted well so I am not sure why this is such low quality compared to them, but it certainly is a waste of money.