My daughter goes to a nursery two afternoons a week, the nursery uses different staff members to plan each weeks activities. A couple of months ago one of the members of staff organised a fairy tale week full of enchanted stories and lots of glitter crafts, the finally activity on the Friday was a fancy dress party. Of course, being a fairy tale week I had the delight of searching for a cute dress for my daughter to wear.
Luckily we get each weeks plan a couple of weeks ahead so I had time to search online for the perfect dress. When browsing on Amazon I spotted this butterfly fairy costume in the Early Learning Centre store with a price of just £9.99 with free super saver delivery, a whole lot cheaper than the Disney outfits I was also eyeing up.
The dress was a little confusing when we first received it. I tried it on my daughter and it fit her lovely at two and a half years old. The bodice is made from mostly a stretchy polyester material, I'm guessing this is why they say it can fit children between 2-4 years old. The front of the bodice has a shimmering nylon detail with sequins running down the front. The underskirt of the dress is made from a silky pink material and it feels lovely and soft. On top of the underskirt is a mesh that floats down over the top lovely, this also has a shimmery, glittery look to it.
The part that confused me about the dress was the wings on the back. They can be detached as it is held in place by Velcro. The thing that I didn't understand was how to make the wings stick out as they just hung down and looked like a wedding dress train! After inspecting the dress for what felt like forever I figured that there was a little loop of material on either wing right at the very end. I put this loop of material over my daughter's index fingers and all became apparent! The dress now made my daughter look like a butterfly fairy!
My daughter absolutely loves this dress and often asks to wear it when she takes her dollies shopping. Though now, she prefers to wear it without her fingers in the wing loop holes so the wings just hang down, it isn't really a huge problem as they aren't that long that she trips over it but she won't let me remove them completely for some reason!
When it came to the day of the party, although it was July it was quite chilly so I put a plain white T-Shirt on my daughter before putting the dress on just to keep her a little warmer. She didn't complain of being cold or having any discomfort so she must have been ok. When she got home the dress had definitely seen better days with food all down the front. The care instructions say to hand wash only so that's exactly what I did and let it air dried and the dress was as good as new again. The care instructions also say it's not suitable for tumble drying or dry cleaning.
The dress was available to purchase in just one size, it doesn't say on the label what size this is but if I remember rightly the age on the website was 2-4 years. It isn't now showing on Amazon anymore so not sure if it's still available to purchase or not. I would like to think they would start selling it again as it really is a lovely dress up costume.
I'd definitely recommend this butterfly fairy dress from Early Learning Centre, it fits lovely, looks fabulous and the wings of the butterfly being attached to the thumbs is a nice addition even if my daughter doesn't use them nine times out of ten! Its well worth the £9.99 spent.
At a Glance Gorgeous butterfly fairy outfit with sequin bodice, pretty butterfly details and finger loops on the wings Features and benefits for ELC Butterfly Fairy Outfit Gorgeous butterfly fairy outfit with sequin bodice, pretty butterfly details and finger loops on the wings.Fits fairies aged 3?4 years.Warning! Not suitable for children under 36 months.