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Old 04-16-2013, 01:21 PM   #171
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I quoted a bunch of people and then gave up.

What the OP is talking about is starting to sound like sour grapes to me. You see, around here this kind of attire is purchased and used by families that have the extra income to afford it. I am pretty sure that it stated out like many trends as something only only those who could afford it used, but as often happens, others choose to emulate what the more well to do folks do. And as usual, it gets magnified and taken over the top to who, "I can do it too."

Then those who can't afford it or have "reverse snobbery" (those foolish rich people foolishly wasting their money on the impractical! Snif) then make a conscious effort to rail against it whilst turning it into some altruistic statement about their own parenting philosophy.
For my particular part, I just want to reiterate that I think a lot of it just looks ridiculous. My MIL has gotten a couple of things second hand that were originally I'm sure pretty pricey. I personally don't care how much it cost to make or how much time was put into it, I'm still just not into paisley pillowcase dresses and pastel ruffle pants. If I could afford it, there are actually several wahms I would buy from that make things more the style we like. It just wouldn't scream "southern pageant girl," because I think the stuff looks hideous.

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Ha, when I wrote socialist slogans on my daughter's newborn clothes, it was meant to sort of take the piss out of the mountains of newborn stuff with *something* written on it. "Mommy loves me" "Daddy loves me" "Mommy's little hero" "Daddy's little cupcake" etc. So it was funny to see a tiny sleeping newborn with "Property is theft" emblazoned on her onesie.
Isn't it weird how everything is either "Daddy" or "Mommy" something? Newborn clothes are so polarizing.
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I was finally going through the last of the newborn stuff (I hope) and found newborn socks that say "I love my mommy" in blue writing around the top. I remember thinking what a wasted effort it was.
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There are plenty of clothing that doesn't say mommy, daddy, grandma etc. there is plenty of clothing that say nothing.
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For my particular part, I just want to reiterate that I think a lot of it just looks ridiculous. My MIL has gotten a couple of things second hand that were originally I'm sure pretty pricey. I personally don't care how much it cost to make or how much time was put into it, I'm still just not into paisley pillowcase dresses and pastel ruffle pants. If I could afford it, there are actually several wahms I would buy from that make things more the style we like. It just wouldn't scream "southern pageant girl," because I think the stuff looks hideous.
My post was aimed at the deep philosophical reasoning for avoiding impractical clothing. Personal preference is an entirely different thing. . Truth be told, I prefer to look at a simple (smocked) dress vs the uber frilly stuff.

DD has a (second hand, fund raising consignment sale) outfit that I think of secretly as "the clown outfit." I got it for her because I knew she would love the colors and ruffles and layers. And she does. It's not always about what I like and prefer. Sometimes it's just about having fun and watching your little girl twirl and dance with the innocent abandon that will soon be lost.
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For my particular part, I just want to reiterate that I think a lot of it just looks ridiculous. My MIL has gotten a couple of things second hand that were originally I'm sure pretty pricey. I personally don't care how much it cost to make or how much time was put into it, I'm still just not into paisley pillowcase dresses and pastel ruffle pants. If I could afford it, there are actually several wahms I would buy from that make things more the style we like. It just wouldn't scream "southern pageant girl," because I think the stuff looks hideous.
Same here, it's just not my style. And no offense to anyone who loves them but a tube dress with ribbon ties is not really a high quality seamstress's masterpiece that should cost $40. Everyone and their aunt makes them...my 11 yr old made a tutu from ribbon and tulle left over from a friend's wedding and it looked as good as most of the ones on Etsy.
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Same here, it's just not my style. And no offense to anyone who loves them but a tube dress with ribbon ties is not really a high quality seamstress's masterpiece that should cost $40. Everyone and their aunt makes them...my 11 yr old made a tutu from ribbon and tulle left over from a friend's wedding and it looked as good as most of the ones on Etsy.
Yeah. It really has to be made from hard to find/designer fabric you can't get at JoAnne's and/or appliqués/monogrammed for that price. I've never made a hand tied tutu, but I have sewn them. By the time you add the vast amount of fabric involved and the time, $40 sounds like a bargain. I get lots of ideas from etsy and sew them myself. It's fun. DD and I can choose our own fabric and design our own style/layout. I personally prefer something with a bodice and skirt or an a-line dress. We can get 2-3 years of use if I make it long enough. And those ruffled pant? They start out as full length and then become capris. The target stuff doesn't fit that long as the style, particularly the girls, trends towards really fitted.
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Yeah. It really has to be made from hard to find/designer fabric you can't get at JoAnne's and/or appliqués/monogrammed for that price. I've never made a hand tied tutu, but I have sewn them. By the time you add the vast amount of fabric involved and the time, $40 sounds like a bargain. I get lots of ideas from etsy and sew them myself. It's fun. DD and I can choose our own fabric and design our own style/layout. I personally prefer something with a bodice and skirt or an a-line dress. We can get 2-3 years of use if I make it long enough. And those ruffled pant? They start out as full length and then become capris. The target stuff doesn't fit that long as the style, particularly the girls, trends towards really fitted.
I was just coming back to add an apology, I didn't realize mamas had posted pics of things they had made. My comment was just about buying WAHM products = superior quality than name brand stores which I find is just not true in a lot of cases. I have had "boutique" items given to my kids that barely lasted one season but we have Lands End play dresses that are still in very good shape after 12 years and 3 girls wearing them constantly.
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My dd won't wear anything innapropriate, tight, writing on the butt, etc. but, imo forcing them to be the opposite of these societal norm is just as bad as forcing them to be a frilly princess. My girls love to dress up, hair bows, glitter, etc. but they will also play outside, climb trees, get muddy etc with the best of em. To me its about balance and allowing them to be themselves.

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I totally agree. I have a picture of my DD making an "ant home" and covered in dirt. I also have a pic of her in her Easter dress and slight heels. I let her do whatever she wants with in reason.
I do have to say I love the hearts and monkeys on the butts of some newborn clothes! To cute! Now sayings I wouldn't go for.
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