Matilda Jane Women & Children’s Clothing Review

Matilda Jane Children’s Clothing … an unpredictable clothing company

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Denise DeMarchis is founder and CEO of Matilda Jane Clothing (MJC), a kitchen table startup that quickly grew into a national children’s clothing business. Since the age of 12, Denise has held a passion for art and design and spent a decade showcasing her painted furniture and clothing line at regional art fairs before launching MJC with its core values of heart, loyalty and extreme generosity. Denise was recently named one of Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Top 40 Under 40.

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I have a weak spot for incredibly cute children’s clothing. My children can have a closet bursting with clothes and I will still purchase an item because it is just too darned cute. I am trying to be a good girl though, so when Matilda Jane offered to let Emma review one of their outfits I decided to think ahead and get an outfit for Kindergarten this fall.

We picked the Leona Knot Dress ($56.00) and a coordinating Ginger Brown Tee ($28.00).

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The Leona Knot Dress is described as:

Warm orange, dusty pinks, joyful golds, deep purple, brilliant sapphire, a hint of brown, and that much-needed green—we pretty much captured the whole spectrum when putting Leona together. She reminds us of some of the best parts of fall: pumpkin spice, crunchy leaves, summer’s leftover greenery that fades so beautifully, and the last few blue-sky days of the year. The finished product gives a feeling of absolute harmony. Leona’s peacefulness and playfulness are sure to complement those qualities in your little girl. And the finishing touch? We topped Leona off with a ribbon-trim hem, featuring a neat little row of Scotty dogs.
Made with love in China.

The Ginger Brown Tee is described as:

You walk home from school through the crunchy leaves, so excited to show your family the stunning A plus you got on your spelling test. That’s three in a row! You walk in the front door and the comforting smell of home surrounds you, but today you detect the faint scent of something sweet in the air. Turn the corner to the kitchen and Mom is pulling a fresh pan of spicy ginger snaps out of the oven. Sugar, spice, and everything nice.
We tried to capture some of that happiness and comfort when creating the adorable yet basic long-sleeve ginger tee. Made of a super-soft jersey knit, this tee is comfortable enough and cute enough to wear every day of the week. We really can’t decide what we like best about it: the rich ginger-brown color or the delicate ruffle detail at the neckline and cuffs.
Made with love in China.

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I couldn’t agree more. The tones in this dress scream fall to me, but yet are still great for summer. With Emma’s skin tones it looks fabulous on her and makes her glow. I love how Matilda Jane is daring and mixes materials that you would never guess would look good together. They are all along the same color family, but yet the patterns would never suggest “put us together”. Matilda Jane does… and makes it work.

The Ginger Brown Tee is made of a soft jersey knit that is fabulous for sensitive skin (no itchies). The deep brown does remind me of the warm comforts of fall. It isn’t just another t-shirt either. Matilda Jane has spiced it up a bit with an adorable ruffle neckline and keyhole cuffs allowing you to dress things up a bit but still be comfortable.

I have never had the pleasure of owning a knot dress. It reminds me a bit of an overalls style, but instead of a clasp you pull the strap through the hole and knot it. This allows greater adjustability and a perfect fit. The materials used are a nice quality and definitely feel like they aren’t going to tear the first time Emma heads to the playground. The dress flows when she walks and when Emma spins (yes… it’s the ballerina in her)… well, take a look below.

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The cherry on top is this adorable hair clip made from the same material as the dress with some crocheted flowers for accent. We like to make hair pretties at our house and I never would have had the foresight to know that all of that put together would be as cute as it is. As you can see from Emma’s face… she loves it too.

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Emma loves everything about her new Kindergarten outfit as much as I do. She especially loves that the skirt has a bit of flow to it so she can spin. I can’t say enough about Matilda Jane… I wish Emma’s closet was full of their clothes!

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A key guiding principle at MJC is the company’s strong focus on “extreme generosity” and random acts of kindness.  As an extension of MJC’s desire to give back (such as to various children’s charities and orphanages, or the company’s pledge with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a deserving family), the company also actively involves its customers in ongoing charitable giving efforts – most recently, MJC asked customers where to donate in its “Spread the Love” initiative.  The annual campaign involved surprise giveaways to 100+ deserving families, as well as smaller giveaways to 300 individuals, a $50,000 expression of MJC’s heartfelt thanks to its loyal customer base.

WIN IT:

ONE OurKidsMom reader is going to win a $75 gift certificate to Matilda Jane!

This giveaway ended at 11:59 PM EST on May 25, 2012.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Your experience with the product may differ from mine. The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and will be shipping the winner(s) their prize(s). For more information read my disclosure policy.

Comments

  1. http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/viewproduct.php?ID=2793
    School Delay it is called
    Gladys P
    sps1113 at yahoo dot com

  2. almost all of it. i have a mad, crazy love affair with knot dresses. my girls love twirling. it might be easier to say what i wouldn’t want. :o(

  3. Debbie B says:

    Love the salsa maxi dress, the dusk tank & the gemini tee for women! Cool stuff!

  4. I love the fact that they sell womens fashions as well as adorable kids clothes! The OASIS tank is too cute!

  5. My daughter would LOVE the JASMINE ANNA Top!

  6. I like the women’s Jamie dress.

  7. I would love the
    DAYS OF SUMMER DRESS

  8. There is so much to love here. I love the Holt Scoop Tee, the Dairy Queen Gabbi, and the Everyday leggings for my daughter.

  9. Jeanna says:

    Their dresses are adorable! I really like the Swiss Miss Paneled Knot Dress.

  10. Karen Fields says:

    I really like the Harriet skirt.

    renfie.fields(at)gmail.com

  11. Robin Blankenship says:

    days of summer dress is cool

  12. K.Pugh says:

    I like the boys polo and board shorts. Thanks.

  13. I absolutely love the ‘Chicken Dress’ !! SO ADORABLE! I can just imagine it on my granddaughter! She loves kitties so the embroidered kitten on the front would make it her favorite!

  14. Candice Hull says:

    I love their Mona Ballet Dress for women. It’s really so hard to find dresses in my size that hit around the knee. It’s either to the floor or right under the booty (who wears that?)
    Thank you for another awesome giveaway!

  15. Rebecca Xavier says:

    I love the APPLE PIE LAP DRESS.

  16. Teh Doll says:

    LUCKY STARS KNOT DRESS
    http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/viewproduct.php?ID=3466

    dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. I’d love to get this dress for Kynlee! http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/viewproduct.php?ID=3259

  18. Tabitha Evans says:

    Love the BERRY EMILIA DRESS

  19. Stephanie says:

    I would love to get my little girl The Days of Summer dress. http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/viewproduct.php?ID=3576

  20. Kathleen says:

    love the jasmine anna top

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  21. jodi lasher says:

    I like the confetti dress

  22. Holly S. says:

    I would love the Jamie Dress! Thanks!
    hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

  23. Wendy J says:

    Always love MJ! It looks beautiful on your DD.

  24. Mayla M says:

    The Summertime Party Dress is spectacular!

  25. Marla H. says:

    I love their Platinum line, but also love the regular lines of clothing. My favorite piece would probably be the ruby ellie dress. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  26. Sarah B says:

    I love the sugar and spice lap dress!

  27. I love everything about Matilda Jane Clothing… my daughter has been wearing this brand for four years and is still loving it.

  28. Amanda B says:

    Love MJC and all they stand for! Our current fav is the Harbor Grey Emilia, Scrappy Leggings and My Rosebud Tee. My daughter calls it her sparkly princess dress!

  29. OMGosh this is hard! I love so many of them! I love the Bubblegum dress, the Elizabeth wrap, the Lucky Stars Knot dress… and so many more!

  30. I like the womens ANNALISE TOP

  31. Alyssa C says:

    Loving all of Serendipity! I want to buy one of each piece!!

  32. D Schmidt says:

    I really like the boys board shorts

  33. Kristi F says:

    I like the women’s Allie Dress.

  34. matthew b says:

    it would be fun to go to the art fair!

  35. I just love the Apple Pie Lap Dress. It is adorable.

  36. Corey Olomon says:

    I like the boy polos

  37. Robert says:

    Cool stuff. I know a little girl who would love this stuff!

  38. Michelle Lynch says:

    Would love the Days of Summer for my eldest daughter, it’s her favorite!

  39. DAMIAN JARREAU says:

    I like the BUBBLEGUM DRESS

  40. courtney b says:

    i like the beauty school top

  41. ELIZABETH says:

    I LIKE THE BUBBLE GUM DRESS.

  42. Michelle C says:

    My daughter would love the LUCKY STARS KNOT DRESS! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  43. amy craft says:

    Matilda Jane clothing used to be all my daughter wore! I cut my work hours so I could have more time with my daughter so unfortunately MJ had to take a backseat! Denise is wonderful and I have always been a huge fan of MJC!
    My favorite right now is the Yours Truly dress with the sweet pea leggings! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! Would be such a cute first day of Kindergarten outfit!
    Amy Craft
    davenamy310@comcast.net

  44. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    I like the TWEEN BUBBLEGUM DRESS.
    thanks for the giveaway

  45. trisha scott says:

    I love the Summertime Party Dress

  46. Christina says:

    I love the APPLE PIE LAP DRESS and JOANNA WRAP DRESS!

  47. Julie H says:

    i love the SWISS MISS PANELED KNOT DRESS

  48. Sue Hull says:

    I love the women’s tank tops. They look so comfortable. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Sarah L says:

    ANNALISE TOP
    Thanks for the contest.

  50. i like the boys nine in time tshirt
    pkeintz@gmail.com

  51. Kathy Davis says:

    I would love to have the Apple Pie Lap Dress for my granddaughter Nellie.

  52. Kathy Davis says:

    My FB name: Kathy Newsom Davis

  53. Heidi Daily says:

    I like the girls apple pie lap dress

  54. Francine Anchondo says:

    MAYBELINE DRESS

  55. tamra childers says:

    I like the women’s Jamie dress

  56. I love the GARNET LIZZY TOP. That would be perfect for one of my granddaughters.

  57. crystle tellerday says:

    best friends girls dress

  58. Carla Garcia says:

    i want to get the boys polo shirt for my son

  59. Ashley C says:

    I adore the Berry Emilia dress!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

  60. Lorayne Gothard says:

    I really like the BRIDGETTE DRESS

  61. clenna says:

    I love the MINT TULIP TOP

  62. Jessica Rose says:

    I really like the LAVERNE DRESS

  63. Kristy Thiel says:

    I love the blake cardigan! Thanks for hosting!

  64. rebeka deleon says:

    i like the cherry tights.

  65. i love the summertime party dress

  66. brandy g. says:

    I love to have the TWEEN PEPPERMINT DRESS

  67. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like the LUCKY STARS KNOT DRESS

  68. Carrie Phelps says:

    I would love to get my granddaughter the ELIZABETH WRAP DRESS.

  69. Ashley says:

    I like the Isabella ballerina dress, classic and cute.

    canastaxyz@yahoo.com

  70. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i like the best friends dress

  71. heather eg kaufmanh says:

    the blue boys polo is cute.

  72. Kristi C says:

    I love the Days of Summer Dress.

  73. I love the WHIPOWILLOW Women’s top! Thank you.

  74. brooke t says:

    I love the BOYS POLO

  75. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I love the TWEEN PEPPERMINT DRESS

  76. Jennifer says:

    I like the Xanadu dress

  77. Joe Lee says:

    i like the bubblegum dress

  78. brandy c says:

    I like the Miss Roboto Lap Dress

  79. I love the Best Friends navy and pink dress with long sleeves, and the apple pie lap dress. Oh, and the TWEEN BRISTOL PEASANT DRESS too. They have so many cute things. My daughter loves dressy dresses too so this would be right up her alley.

  80. Shannon C says:

    Great review of such cute clothing!
    Myself, I’d love to pick up the Mackenzie pants, Allie dress and just about the entire girls line for my daughter.

  81. What a great review! Now I need this outfit!

  82. Heather H says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  83. Heather H says:

    I would get the cupcake dress for ME! ;)

  84. Cheri Hensler says:

    seriously, love almost everything in Serenditpity! So does my 8 year old!

  85. I’ve been buying MJC for years for my baby girl. Love that they give so much!! I’m loving the Apple Pie lap dress.

  86. I would love a Tween Tuney Tank – wanted to buy one recently but didn’t see one in the right size :(

  87. Hope Boyce says:

    Love your MJC review … and your sweet girl is adorable!

  88. Natalie says:

    Love the bright and unpredictable collections of Matilda Jane!

  89. Christina says:

    Love so much of the collection, but am seriously crushing on the Yours Truly dress!!

  90. Beautiful! Thanks for your consideration!

  91. Ida Norwood says:

    Hi there in Mssouri! Matilda Jane is a fabulous line of Children’s clothing that I happen to love! Congrats to you for receiving such a beautiful outfit for your beautiful daughter! Their line is fabulous!

  92. Melissa B says:

    I love MJC! I like (LOVE) that their clothes look like clothes for little girls!

  93. Lisa Beard says:

    I LOVE the Mossy Willow and would like matching ones for my daughters. All their clothes are so coordinated without being matchy-matchy which is something I love about them!

  94. Debbie Welchert says:

    I really liked their Tween Coconut Cardigan

  95. Candace Wolfenbarger says:

    I would love a Perfect Day Knot!

  96. I love pretty much the entire Serendipity collection – but if I had to narrow it down I really, really want the Peppermint Dress to come home to our house!

  97. Leslie Galloway says:

    I’d love to have the CONFETTI DRESS for my daughter. So cute… especially the detail in the back.

    Facebook Name: Leslie Galloway (www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie)

  98. Heather D. says:

    I love ALL the MJC pieces. :-) My daughter’s current favorites are the Berry Emelia dress and the Days of Summer dress. Both are so comfy and girly!

  99. I love it all! But, I am really coveting the Swiss Miss Knot Dress!

  100. Lentil says:

    I want the ISABELLA BALLERINA dress for my daughter

  101. Sarah Mascarich says:

    I love their knits!!! Would love some scrappy leggings for my little girls, and the Peppermint dress!! LOVE MJC!

  102. The moon ruffles are adorable!!!

  103. Kathlyne says:

    I want the carol ann finn skirt.

  104. Fawn H says:

    I like the women’s Charlie Revised dress in plum

  105. I love the Jamie Dress!

  106. my daughter starts kindergarten in the fall also – and I’m sure she’d love that cute dress :)

  107. christine jessamine says:

    i like the apple pie lap dress!

  108. Kristen says:

    I like the Cashew Tank.

  109. i really like the yours truly dress for my daughter
    tcogbill at live dot ocom

  110. Corinne Soto says:

    i LOVE the isabella ballerina dress! Too Cute!!
    corinne.soto517(at)gmail.com

  111. Amber vaughn says:

    Is it sad that I would want it all!! I love MJC. I really love the days of summer dress. Just beautiful. Thank you:)

  112. I love the Women’s Annalise top and the little boy’s blue polo.

  113. Karen Gonyea says:

    LOVE the knot dresses – they are beautiful :)

  114. I want the Perfect Day Knot Dress!

  115. Lisa Davis says:

    I like the JOANNA WRAP DRESS

  116. Angie M says:

    salsa maxi dress

  117. soooo many cutre dresses!!!

  118. Judith B. says:

    The Sweet Tea Skirt

  119. David Gossett says:

    My wife was excited to find out that they make clothes to fit her as well. :)

  120. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I like the study hall dress for one

  121. Danielle Davis/Grady says:

    I love the RUBY ELLIE DRESS :)
    Thank you!

  122. The girl’s clothing is darling. The basil big ruffle pants for women looks fun.

  123. I would love to get my daughter the Cotton Candy Tutu!!!

  124. liz bradley says:

    i love that matilda jane clothing is in rwanda right now, teaming up with noonday collection for some projects! they are in rwanda to meet a few ladies of a sewing school and change their lives!

  125. kimbuckjr says:

    I LOVE the “JOANNA WRAP DRESS.” It is totally adorable!
    kimbuckjr

  126. Danielle Papsis says:

    I liked the Lucky Stars Knot Dress.

  127. I love the Farrah top

  128. Lily Kwan says:

    The Charlie Revised in Plum dress looks very nice!

  129. Heather Augenstein says:

    Daughter LOVES the bubble gum dress! http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/viewproduct.php?ID=3580

    missheatherwho at yahoo dot com

  130. I love the girl’s Bubblegum dress!

  131. Cheryl W says:

    love the
    BERRY EMILIA DRESS

  132. amy tolley says:

    absolutely love the xanadu dress beautifull…thanks

  133. Paul T / Pauline T says:

    I like the mandy top for girl – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  134. dario moniz says:

    i like the boys polo shirt in the light blue

  135. Casey Everidge says:

    i like the cashew tank

  136. Jessica Cox says:

    I love the DAYS OF SUMMER DRESS

  137. Terri S Crum says:

    Visited Matilda Jane & I love the Salsa Maxi Dress & the Whipowillow Top!! Love her clothing line!!

  138. I love the PEPPERMINT DRESS

  139. I love the Berry Emilia Dress

  140. s riches says:

    I like the double dip headband.

  141. casey hart says:

    i love the girls homeroom top

  142. Amylynn H says:

    I like the women’s Josie Skirt and the boy’s blue polo.

  143. Lindsay Sorensen says:

    I like the Harriet Dress

  144. Heather H says:

    I like the BLAKE CARDIGAN for my daughter

  145. I want the double dip headband for my daughter

  146. BOYS BOARD SHORTS

  147. I love the
    BRISTOL PEASANT DRESS.

  148. I like the Mindy tank.

  149. Becky Grayson says:

    I adore the JANE EXCLUSIVE FRENCHY TUTU DRESS. LOVE IT!

    Thanks so much!

  150. Jessica says:

    I like the Rose Parade Dress

  151. I love all of their darling dresses!! Especially the rose parade and sundae pie tank dress. Thanks for the chance!

  152. I like the XANADU DRESS

  153. I want the Best Friends Dress for my little girl

  154. Solducky says:

    love the tomato peasant top!

  155. ReggieMann says:

    I like the Tween Orchard Lap Dress

  156. Heather Garcia says:

    BUBBLEGUM DRESS

  157. I would like the BERRY EMILIA DRESS

  158. daniel healey says:

    I like the boys Tween 9 in time shirt

  159. Kendra Warstler says:

    Love the blake cardigan

  160. The apple pie lap dress would be great on my little girl.

  161. Suzanne Campbell says:

    I love the Basil big ruffle pants, too cute

  162. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Boys board shorts

  163. amy deeter says:

    the women’s Jamie dress.
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  164. jessica schueler says:

    I like the womans Salsa Maxi Dress

  165. Love that it was started by a mom!

  166. Amanda Lewis says:

    I love Matilda Jane! My fave right now is the Serendipity Lucy Bubble (which we own)

  167. i like the days of summer dress

  168. Nicole C. says:

    I like the TWEEN SWISS MISS KNOT DRESS.

  169. i love the apple pie lap dress

  170. Sam Eagle says:

    BRIDGETTE DRESS

  171. julie hawkins says:

    I like the Joanna Wrap Dress

  172. Brett Marie says:

    I love the MJC website and all of their clothing. I wish they would bring back the Tapioca shirt as I think it’s gorgeous -but according to their site, they only make a limited supply of their clothing lines!

  173. Alyssa Parkinson says:

    Love the Serendipity collection, I would love the Mint Tulip for my daughter

  174. Crystal F says:

    I love the TWEEN APPLE PIE LAP DRESS. thank you!

  175. My daughter would look cute in the Joanna Wrap Dress!

  176. Eileen Burke says:

    I love the Bubblegum dress!

  177. Virginia Wright says:

    I would love to have the confetti dress!

  178. Jennifer J says:

    I love the YOURS TRULY DRESS. Thank you!!

  179. IRENE CYPHER says:

    I like that you do charitable work. Thank you.

  180. Erica C. says:

    I love the Women’s cashew tank.

  181. Jennifer R says:

    I would probably get the women’s ANNALISE TOP.
    repose4jr at gmail dot com

  182. cassandra (rab pom) says:

    I love the louise dress! :) it would be perfect for my niece.
    cassandraashleym(at)yahoo(dot)com

  183. Rosie P says:

    My dream is that my daughters are able to own at least one piece of Matilda Jane, If I don’t win, I hope one day I can buy something for them”

  184. I love the BERRY EMILIA DRESS and the ISABELLA BALLERINA.

  185. Gina Ferrell says:

    I like the Tween Yours Truly Dress.

  186. Michelle Tucker says:

    I really like the SALSA MAXI DRESS.

  187. Erica G says:

    I love the Bubble Gum dress.

  188. Veronica Garrett says:

    I like the Tween Pepper Ann Skirt.

  189. I like 9 IN TIME