2 year olds. Cute. Mischievous. Ruthless.
Trying to put clothes on my kid is like trying to put pantyhose on an octopus, equal parts hilarious and just damn ridiculous. An average day in our home consists of the adults chasing a half-naked toddler around while bargaining with any deity who will listen to help us dress this tiny maniac.
I get it kid, pants suck.
I hate wearing pants as well, but modern society frowns upon the Walter White look.
I have found myself on a quest for clothing that is both cute and covers my kid’s body.
Enter Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes.
I was recently introduced to this company by another mom in my social circle. The clothes are “upcyled” from other previously worn textiles. I am all about reusing already available resources and supporting small businesses. I was completely intrigued. Comfy pants? How could my kid say no?!
Joyaltee was founded by Alix Joyal, a stay at home mom of 2 kiddos. Alix has been a seamstress for over 25 years and has a Bachelors degree in Textile Development and Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She decided to combine her love of sewing, upcycling, and her kids to create a business that allows her to spend time at home with her children. Her website boasts a blog that showcases her work and family.
Let’s talk about the pants themselves: *SEE PHOTOS ABOVE*
“Every single pair of pants that I create are made using genuine upcycled textiles that come from vintage dresses, old t shirts, and a various assortment of other preexisting and previously worn garments.” –Joyaltee
I was lucky enough to get a couple pairs of pants for my kiddo during her last sale. 2 pairs were made from t-shirts, one was made from material that Joyaltee tie dyed, and the last pair was constructed out of a men’s button down shirt (I apologize as I did not get a picture of these… yet). All pants were true to size. I was surprised about the length of the pant legs. They were actually long enough! My fairly narrow, long inseamed child throws a tantrum when pants are too short and his ankles feel a draft. We have struggled with buying pants and ultimately having them be too short.
All of the pants were incredibly soft and the designs were adorable. Joyaltee makes “Harem” pants and bell bottoms (at the time of this post). I think the harem style is incredibly cute. My husband didn’t agree, and regularly called our son Charlie Chaplin and MC Hammer, but what does he know? Our son got regular compliments on the pants (especially the tie dyed pair) when out in public.
I had my son wear each pair for some of his most regular activities. He could run, jump, and play without any problems. His daycare teachers were asking if Joyaltee made adult sizes. His teachers also mentioned how much they like the style of pants because it made diaper changes “a breeze”. My son is notorious for rolling around and doing everything in his power to make it difficult to change him and get his pants back on. His teachers said that if every kid wore such comfortable (and “friggin’ cute”) pants, their diaper time in the classroom would be cut in half.
Washing the pants after use was very easy. I just separated by color and washed with the rest of my laundry. I did not notice any shrinking or color transfer. This is most likely because (in theory) the fabrics have already been worn and washed many times before being turned into pants.
All in all, I (and my child) really enjoy these cute additions to his wardrobe. I would HIGHLY recommend them to any parent.
There are various ways to purchase recycled and re-purposed kids clothes.
Joyaltee has a 5 star review rating on their Etsy shop. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Joyaltee?ref=condensed_trust_header_title_reviews)
You can check check out the INSTAGRAM page for flash sales, cute baby models, inspiration and behind the scene pictures. @joyaltee and @joyaltee.sale
You can also shop the website at https://joyaltee.myshopify.com/
The fun part, is that each sales outlet seems to have different styles and are updated as new items become available. Go take a look!