I have to admit I was a bit disappointed at first when the Frugi team sent me the Pirate Jack Sweatshirt to review – generally I’m no big fan of skull and crossbones. But my son is! He’s practically living in it since it arrived, as the fabric (soft and lovely as all our Frugi tops) is thick enough for playing outside in this rather cold spring. The colour is perfect for his favourite outdoor activities like working in his small vegetable patch (which means getting splattered with wet earth while searching for fat worms) or cycling (i.e., getting muddy and soaked to the skin while scooting through giant puddles at full speed). The sweatshirt has already been in the wash a dozen times and still looks as good as new, and doesn’t need ironing, either. So naturally, I’ve become quite a fan, even though there’s a skull on this shirt. So what? As long as the skull is designed by Frugi, I’ll go for it!
This enviably classy and comfy top really has become a favourite overnight! Despite my son Ernesto’s distinct lack of interest in clothing, he’s even fished this one out of the washing basket after claims that his other sweatshirts are too thick, he can’t get them on and he can’t move his arms fast enough in them! The loopback cotton is really cosy but still fairly lightweight, making it easy to layer over tops and under coats without Ernesto becoming so padded that he can’t move. The buttoned high neck keeps out the cold but is also easy to put on (why are there so few neck-fastening tops for children older than two? It’s much harder to get a tight top on an older child because if they don’t like it they not only complain, they also run off!).
Like all Frugi organic cotton, it washes brilliantly, doesn’t fade and doesn’t have to be ironed (hurray!). The gorgeous dark, plain blue colour goes with nearly everything, but does show up the muck. On the other hand the quality of the fabric means it cleans up brilliantly with a damp cloth, so soup splodges are not a problem. Please Frugi can you make grown-up sizes of these?