Matching outfits-stupid looking?

Hi,
I was going to make my 4 year old a nice dress for a wedding we're going to
and thought it'd be cute and fun if we had the same dress, in different
sizes of course. Would that look lame?
Another thing I was thinking of was making different dresses using the same
fabric. Would that be cooler?
Thanks,
Sheila B.
Reply to
Sheila
Penny,
I think you're right. I knew it was gay, but I saw a pattern that had mom and daughter sizes and thought, "Gee if they make a pattern for doing that sort of thing...It must be okay." Now I just need to find a stunning dress. :)
Sheila B.
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Sheila
Well, yeah, maybe. It's kinda precious. I considered a similar project when mine was about that age, but I figured if my daughter ever wound up in therapy, something like that was liable to get some major discussion. So I decided against the matching thing, and you probably should, too.
What about different dresses, both of the same influence, style, flavor or era but each appropriate to the wearer's age, AND in different but complimentary fabrics. Lots of fabrics come in families of similar theme and complimentary colors.
Kathleen
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Kathleen
Glad to see I'm not alone in this thought! You see quite a few patterns for this sort of thing, and it ONLY looks good for weddings, in my view.
Having said that, I did have a kids version of a really nice Vogue dress my mum had... Because it was cut with Magyar sleeves, there was acres of expensive fabric left over, so she made a copy for me. My sis liked the dresses so much that she wanted one, but had it in a different colour. They were very plain dresses, and rather posh, and we didn't look cutsy in them, so it CAN work, but I don't think I'd set out to do it deliberately.
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Kate Dicey
I have a 5 year old girl and don't like the matching idea. Somehow it seems to lack imagination or even personality. Go with the different look, same colour and make sure you both look fabulous but in different ways!
Viviane
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Viviane
Sheila,
I have read the other responses, so now I am not afraid to put in my 2 cents worth. I once thought the outfits were really cute, however, there was a recent airing of "Mommie Dearest" and lo and behold, Joan Crawford and her daughter were dressed in identical dresses - fabric and style. That pretty much decided me against ever wanting to make matching outfits. Probably the only thing that will match is the annual Christmas present of pajamas - DH and DS always get matching pj bottoms, and DH convinced me that it would be cute if DD and I had matching pjs as well. Of course, they won't ever be worn out in public, so I guess that makes it okay, right??
Larisa
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CNYstitcher
If you don't do have matching dresses now, don't be surprised if the idea come us at a later date. When my daughter was in about 1st or 2nd grade, she wanted us to have matching dresses for Easter. When I was ready to buy the same fabric in a different color for my dress, she burst into tears at the store! I made the dresses the same, fabric and color, and wore mine once. She was happy and it didn't matter to me. By the way, she isn't in therapy, yet, and we get along wonderfully :-)
Suzanne
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Suzanne
"Stepford" is the word tha springs to my mind.
I think so, but then I've only been on the receiving end of the "mother-daughter" outfits.
gabrielle
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gabrielle
Having been the off spring half of the mother/daughter craze in the 50s all I can say is DON'T do it! *leaving to get cool cloth for the back of my neck*
Val
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Valkyrie
Maybe, as its a wedding. As an alternative - what about the same pattern, but different but co-ordinating fabnrics??
OTOH, all the Mum-daghter dress patterns I've seen have been fairly casual pinafore style dresses (what you in the US call a jumper I think), which would not be what I'd chosse to wear to a wedding for myself!
How about, you just go for matching / co-ordinating accessories? Or make your daughter a little shoulder bag out of your dress fabric?
Just some randon ideas!
Sarah
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Sarah Dale
Sheila asked:
Yes, unless you're part of the presentation.
Yes, but you'd still look something like the Partridge Family. JMHO. HAND! --Karen M.
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Karen M.
One of my first fabric memories is of a green taffetta skirt my mother made me, from the remnants from the fabric she used to make herself an evening gown. I thought it was the best - so grown up (I would have been about five at the time).
I was less keen on the matching outfits she made for my two sisters and myself.
Jill
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gmt
However, this could, while drawing "isn't that cute" comments from other guests, cause animosity from the familes of the couple getting married. After all, isn't the wedding day supposed to be "their" day. Also, the bridesmaids dresses are probably all going to be matching, so it may just be a little odd.....similar styles for mom and daughter, but in different colors might be a better way to go.
L
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CNYstitcher
Me:
Melinda:
Kate:
There was a tribe of musicians at the MichRenFest yesterday dressed in all the same fabrics. On the one hand, you could tell that they belonged together. OTOH, it didn't look all that attractive. --Karen M.
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Karen M.
Cea, I have made LOADS of garments out of curtain fabric, and not just for stage use (I have some lovely red stuff just waiting for the right moment in the loft as I type!), BUT not a single one was made of mustard gas yellow stuff with flowers the size of cabbages on it! I HOPE I have more taste than that...
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Kate Dicey
floral drapery material when I was 18 yo. l almost died of heat exhaustion wearing it in 90* weather, but that's another story...
stage use (I have some lovely red stuff just waiting for the right moment in the loft as I type!),
I, too, have made lots of skirts from drapery fabric - frequently long evening skirts for summer wear. I found them perfect for going out to summer theatre and opera etc., as I didn't need a slip under them, and I could also get away without stockings, just high heel sandals on my feet. Much cooler in the end than lots of other things I could mention.
Olwyn Mary.
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Olwynmary

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