The Girl Jeans Problem

Regular readers (Hi, Mum) may remember a month or so back, there was a small incident in the Whittle household involving some girl jeans.

Basically, Flea had chosen some denim shorts from John Lewis and only realised when we got home that the label said 'John Lewis Girl'. This is a major problem. Because Flea does not wear girls' clothes. Ever.

Every time I tried to get her to wear the jeans, she would come up with some creative excuse.

"My t-shirt is grey. It doesn't match blue."

"Have you seen those clouds, Mummy? It's a bit gloomy for shorts."

"I can't open the button on those shorts. What if I need the toilet?"

I was ready to admit defeat until the owner of a small company that makes Clothes Plasters got in touch and we were sent a set of clothes plasters to try – these are iron on patches in cute, sort-of-retro designs that come in a metal tin, just like old-fashioned plasters used to.

The blue box, which we chose for obvious reasons, includes pirates, robots, space ships and other designs – to fix them to the shorts, you just iron on the front of the patch (through a tea towel) for 15 seconds, and then iron the reverse for 30 seconds.

The results speak for themselves:


They are now – without a doubt – BOYS' jeans. And now Flea's favourites. Go figure.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 26th June 2010 / 10:58 am

    What a good idea! I wonder if you had ironed just one on the girl part of the label that would have made a difference?

  2. 26th June 2010 / 11:01 am

    Isn’t it called reverse psychology or something official like that! I wonder how long it will take Flea to work it out! Shoe does look great though!

  3. 26th June 2010 / 11:20 am

    They look brilliant, I might have to have a box myself – the pink one obviously lol

  4. Priness_L_88
    26th June 2010 / 8:05 pm

    Lol, well at least they’re not being wasted!

  5. 27th June 2010 / 1:27 pm

    I have some girls ones you can have

  6. 27th June 2010 / 6:58 pm

    Fantastic! I know she would probably hate to hear this but she is very beautiful.

  7. MrsW
    27th June 2010 / 10:28 pm

    Oh they are indeed very cool. very cool 🙂

  8. Froufrou72
    27th June 2010 / 9:43 pm

    Brilliant, what a tip, am off to order some now just for the fun of customising Heidi’s stuff x

  9. 28th June 2010 / 7:24 pm

    I don’t care what it’s called, it’s cheaper than a new pair of jeans!

  10. 28th June 2010 / 7:24 pm

    She might hate it, but I’m okay with it – thanks!

  11. 28th June 2010 / 9:59 pm

    I so want some clothes plasters, they rock! Flea looks lovely too 🙂

  12. Alexandra
    30th June 2010 / 6:29 pm

    They look great!