Free Fabric Friday

on July 15 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 479 Comments

So y’all like the Magic Tube-Turning Trick, eh?  Well, we can let you in the club too.  (And no, Shelly, it is not like Fightclub, lol!)

In case you missed it this week, you should go back and check out these two fantastic pattern reviews:

On to the shop news…

It has been all about the non-prints this week!  We’re stocking up on alternatives to printed cottons.  We have some beautiful options for making your stash more versatile and well-rounded.

Carolina 1″ Gingham (yarn-dyed woven)

Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons

Island Batiks

We also restocked  Essex Linen and Kona Cotton!

Here’s a funny question for you.  How do you feel about matchy/matchy outfits for families?  You know–mother and daughter in matching dresses; vests for the boys and skirts for the girls; Dad’s tie and baby’s diaper cover.   Do you love it or hate it? Is it possible to do well?  Have you ever sewn matching outfits for your own family?  Do you have any good stories?  What about pictures?  Tell us your opinion in the comments.  Six people will be randomly selected to win a yard from the shop. Have a wonderful weekend!

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479 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. Kim says:

    I wouldn’t match my kids in the same outfit but I do find that I end up putting my 4yr old in the same type of outfit as myself such as wearing boots and skinny jeans. They do say that daughters are smaller versions of their mums so it’s just natural really.

  2. jen says:

    Matchy matchy is just fine. But kind of weird. That’s just me, though. What I do do (heh) when my daughter requests something matching is make her what she’s wanting, then use the same fabric, or whatever is left, to make myself something that’s usually not the same item of clothing. matching material satisfies us both.

  3. Cricket says:

    I never would have imagined that anyone felt so strongly about matching clothes. I have made plenty of matching, though not identical, clothes for my girls and their cousin. I have also made identical pajamas for them. Not only that, but my 43 year old sister and my 38 year old self just bought matching pajama pants for Christmas this year. They coordinate with our girls’ matching Christmas pajamas. That’s me. I don’t care what anyone else does.

  4. Lori says:

    I’ve never tried to match my look with my daughters’, but they often match each other by their own choice. They’re 3 years apart and look good in the same colors and have the same tastes in clothes. If I buy an outfit for just one of them, invariably I hear, “Why did you buy that for her and not me?”. So I often buy the same outfit for both. They’ll often choose to wear matching outfits. Sometimes my shirt color will match, but by coincidence.

  5. Sigrid says:

    I don’t really like matchy clothing – BUT my five-year old girl LOVES it!!!! So, when I made myself a long boho skirt, I made her one too! She was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited. That’s it though! LOL … since I sew, there have been times when we’ve ended up owning things that had bits and pieces of the same fabric in them… and again, she loved it and I tolerated! LOL

    That said, I love a picture of a whole family in white, or black or white top and jeans… so I guess there are times when I do like it…who knew?

  6. Kuky says:

    I don’t consciously choose matching. But I don’t mind it. And honestly my four year old would love it. She gets quite thrilled when we happen to be wearing the same colored clothes. I bet she’d be over the moon if I made us matching outfits. And if I did I wouldn’t care what anyone thinks. Makes me or my kid happy, that’s what counts.

  7. Fran says:

    No matchymatchy outfits for our family !
    ( but I do like the sound of that word )
    When my husband sees a family dressed
    like that he always says ” Hmmmm…they
    must be on their way to the Fair !”

  8. Linda says:

    I’m not wild about matching clothes. It just seems sort of… wrong. On the other hand, our whole family has similar tastes in colors and we often co-ordinate because of it. Still, there have been times that either my husband or I have gone to change clothes because we were just too cute for comfort.

  9. Mary Jo says:

    Nope, I do not even care for the singular outfit being match y .

    Maybe twins( or other multiples) under the age of 5

  10. Jenna says:

    Matching colors, like “everyone in black” can look okay – but matching sweater only works ironically. : ) Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. pieceLove says:

    Just…no.

  12. Eva SB says:

    We often wear similar colour combinations by accident and if we are going out I try to ensure that my husband and I don’t clash but we all have such different body shapes and complexions that creating matching clothes would be pointless and someone would always end up looking horrible.

  13. Clare says:

    I’m not a fan of matchy matchy, but I don’t mind coordinating outfits as much.

  14. bruinbr says:

    I’m not into the whole matchy matchy thing. I think that if you’re a twin or multiple, then maybe you can get away with it when you’re younger, but mommy and me outfits seems a bit much!

  15. Gabrien says:

    I make matching pajamas for our whole family every Christmas and we just made some matching tie dyes but truthfully, I don’t want to wear matchy matchy out in public too often. If I ever go to Disneyland or someplace large and hectic with millions of people I will tie dye matching shirts in funky colors for us so we can keep track of everyone. Otherwise, only in private!

  16. marta says:

    For families, no way – unless it’s very subtle. I just think it can look down right silly. Maybe ok for siblings under 5.

  17. Shelly says:

    Not a fan here. I think it looks weird, especially when the parents match with the kids. I really think it’s silly when ALL the boys (dad and sons) wear matching ties to church or for family pictures. I don’t even like to see two little sisters matching, but if I ever end up having two daughters, my opinions may change… ;)

  18. Rita says:

    Funny you should ask this as I just made a top for my 1 year old niece… and was thinking of making one for her mom too! hehehe ;) I don’t know if they’d actually wear them out together though… a bit silly? But fun for a photo shoot or something! ;)

  19. Delia says:

    It was adorable in The Sound of Music! In real life, it can be cute with small children, but there should be age limits on that stuff.

  20. Wendy says:

    I think it can be done well among siblings, but the adults put it over the top into the not-cute category.

  21. Tricia says:

    I have pics of my sister and I in matching outfits my grandmother made us when we were young and I love them, but I remember hating it as I got older, so I have not forced my children to wear matchy matchy clothes. I do love the idea of matching pajamas, but fight the urge each year.

  22. Anie says:

    I think it is great for little kids. just not for the parents. I think the best is using aspects of similar prints but in different color.
    I love to sew for my nieces, and so fr I have two boys.

  23. Beth says:

    I wore matchy matchy when I was a girl – don’t like it now. Now I like coordinating – either in color or color group or style!

  24. Rebecca says:

    I love that there are pictures of my brother and I in matchy matchy outfits. Actually, since we were both teenagers during the unisex grunge era, sometimes we ended up pretty matchy matchy then, too. I assume I will subject my children to it, as well.

  25. Joy says:

    I just can’t do the matchy/matchy family dress thing. It creeps me out. But, I have some friends who do it and the whole family loves it (and the kids are old enough to voice their own opinion), and they do it really well (it probably doesn’t hurt that they’re all good looking blondes!).

    ps: Now I’m really curious to know what prompts you to ask the question…

  26. stephanie elliott says:

    coordinating is fine, but matching is not. Your family should compliment each other in photographs, etc. but for everyday, not so much. My daughter and niece like to match, but by their choice (they are 5 and 6).

  27. Wendy says:

    I think it can sometimes be done well for siblings. My mom used to make my brother and I matching outfits or ones for her and I and him and my dad. Generally, though, I think it’s a very fine line to walk.

  28. Lori says:

    I think it’s cute on very small children. My 1.5 year old and 3 year old have a few matching dresses they wear to church and I love it.

  29. April says:

    If the situation calls for it…maybe. Perhaps at a family reunion, bowling tournament or school/field trip if it is necessary or makes sense to me. Otherwise? I see it work for other people, but I just feel like there is no way that I could successfully pull it off. It’s a no-no for me.

  30. alex says:

    Count me as another vote for no. There’s some line between feeling included in a family, and saying you’re a clone of your parents. Kids are individuals, and I’m of the “raise adults, not children” camp.

  31. Amy says:

    My daughter sometimes likes it when things are the same, so I would say it’s fun if she’s into it…but mostly I don’t like the same things she would like, so we don’t really do it.

  32. Christine says:

    I do not like matchy outfits for the family. The only time I did that was when my two sons were getting baptized (they can do it at any age in some religions). I made them both the same outfit and I have the cutest picture of them, would love to show you but don’t know where to post it.

  33. craftytammie says:

    I am shocked at how many people don’t like this!! I think it’s great for a family photo – as long as it’s not overdone. We are due in a month with baby #4, and I am planning our family portrait with matching outfits. White shirts, jeans & bare feet for all 6 of us with accents made of Katie Jump Rope brown dot stripe. A headband for me and a tie for dad, a vest for one son, a belt for another, you get the idea. :)

  34. Shannon F. says:

    I was a victim of matching outfits, and there were five of us. Mom made ties for my brothers in the same fabric of the dresses my sisters and I wore. Bad!

  35. jacqueline says:

    NOOOOOO!!! I don’t like matchy/matchy at all. But must agree with Mary on Lake Pulaski: the only situation it can be considerd is for a little girl and her doll.

  36. Jessica says:

    I don’t like the matching family outfits, they remind me of the very stiff looking family portraits where everyone is wearing white shirts and the same pants. That being said, I’m sure that some person who is more creative than I could pull it off!

  37. Bonnie says:

    I adore children in matching outfits. Mom & Daughter – not so much. I used to beg my mom to buy us matching outfits from the Sears (or JC Penneys) Christmas catalog but she would never succumb. Thank you, Mom. :-)

  38. Kristin L says:

    My daughter (8) loves to wear clothes that match mine. Luckily they don’t have to be strictly matchy matchy though. We have dresses that are different styles but the same fabric and she has a top that’s the same fabric as a dress I have. That’s about as close as we get. The whole family went coordinated to a wedding though — all hawaiian print fabrics, though in three colors that appeared in various amounts in the different fabrics. Not a look for every day, but fun for a special occasion.

  39. Deb Cameron says:

    Mmmm, I’m so not a fan. Mind you I have two boys who are 12 months apart, now aged 2 and 3, and I make them the same pattern (albeit in different sizes) but I always mix up the fabric choices… I can’t stand it when my husband puts the clothes away he always gets it wrong and if they had the same outfits, I’d always be tromping from room to room or when Daddy dresses them one would be swimming and the other strangled in their clothes, to his eye they look fine…my poor boys ;-). So no, not a fan of matching prints and patterns on children, same pattern using different fabric, very economical.

  40. No matchy-matchy unless it’s little twin girls or a little girl and her doll.

  41. Alissa D says:

    I’m not a fan of the parent-child matchy outfits, although my husband just asked if he and our 3 month old son could match. Just once. For pictures. It was very sweet, and I might have to rethink my dislike for the mini-me look.

  42. laura says:

    When I was a kid, I loved matching outfits. They were awesome. My mother mostly did them for my sister and I, as I”m pretty sure she would have felt ridiculous, though she did let me cut my hair short like hers. I think that they can be cute but they can also be really really terrible. It’s especially bad if the kid clearly doesn’t want to be in on it. For my future hypothetical children I might consider a little bit of matching, but no identical outfits.

  43. Jessica says:

    This is hilarious! Are you gals placing bets in the office over the yes/no answer total? I’d just LOVE to know how this topic came up!

    I think as long as everyone who’s ‘matchy’ is having fun, who cares? Though I do have to vote against forced matching! If your kids hate it, there’s a reason! ;-)

  44. kate C. says:

    I did make semi-matching dresses for my girls. But they’re 3.5 and 1. I think for little kids it’s cute for anyone older than ~6 or 7… not cute, especially grown-ups.

  45. PeachRainbow says:

    When we were young my cousins and myself used to wear matching dresses for festivals and other functions some of them even do that now.
    But mother-daughter or father-son matchy/matchy is kind of ‘rare’!!

  46. Hilda says:

    I’m definately not down with the entire family matching but now and again I’ll put my two boys (who are 17 months apart in age) in the same shirt or tie or something just so long as it’s not head to toe matchy matchy!

  47. I’m definitely not a fan of matchy match outfits. It’s just embarassing.

  48. Jennifer says:

    The whole family–PLEASE no! Just the little ones–I suppose. But I have twins and I try never to dress them the same b/c then people have (even more) trouble telling them apart!

  49. Cara says:

    As a twin, I was often dressed in a coordinating outfit with my brother until we were old enough to dress ourselves. It is cute in pictures, but that is about it. However, a few years ago, my husband and I were at a flea market and there was a stand selling really horrible Hawaiian print shirt and shorts sets that for both him and her that matched. We had a party to go to that night with a bunch of people we didn’t know. What better way to start a conversation with strangers? So we bought the outfits and were quite a hit. You just have to keep a sense of humor about it!

  50. Maria says:

    Funny when it was just ds and dh, I looooved matchy-matchy. My ds is a little clone so they looked so adorable together. Now that there is a dd in the picture, I’m not so sure. I can’t picture her and I in the same thing. Still I’ll very likely do something matchy-matchy for our family pics. Can’t help myself! Plus my dh has actually requested bowling shirts for the entire family. lol!

  51. Alice says:

    I don’t particularly one way or the other about matching outfits, as long as I don’t have to wear them. I’d agree with many of the above commenters that they come closest to their intended goal of being adorable if they’re on small children.

  52. Heidi Myers says:

    I am definitely not a fan of matchy matchy outfits. I don’t do it for my two little girls, and I especially don’t do it with me and my girls. I really hate it for pictures, because who really dresses like that, it looks too set up. I do, however, prefer coordinating outfits, or in other words, not clashing. It just is not my thing

  53. Angie says:

    My Dad would buy us matching clothing and I don’t remeber minding, but we were little. Now as a parent, I think coordinating is fine- a girls dress with a little boys tie, but not too much!

  54. Darla says:

    Wow. I’m really stunned at the amount of venom there is in response to this question. Especially those that say that matching is never okay. I think everyone — every parent, every child, and every family — is different. To each their own. If someone chooses to match their family, it’s not bothering you. And it’s probably not bothering the kids all that much. After all, there are kids who can’t afford clothing, matching or not. I remember wearing a different colored version of my sister’s clothes growing up. We were a year apart, and honestly we were too busy playing, learning, and being kids to really even care. I think that’s the way it should be, and I hope my kids grow up with the same sort of disinterest in their clothing, at least until they’re old enough to not want to play in the mud anymore. :-)

  55. icitea says:

    My sister loves buying or making matching outfits for her and her daughter, and she actually pulls it off quite well! The key to this is using coordinating colours and fabrics; never wear the exact same thing in the same style. Clothes are supposed to be made for a certain body type, and I really can’t see how a grown woman and a baby girl can wear the same thing and not look… well, it’s up to whomeever wants to match up.

  56. Kristen says:

    my mom used to sew us everything – and if she had enough she’d make herself a skirt after making me a dress. I think it’s cute, but only in certain situations. (Temple event? okay! Family reunion when the goal is to “match” everyone? okay! A family picture that will be sent out to family who can appreciate it? okay!) But otherwise, I think the small, almost accidental matching is better. (The tie and diaper cover, for instance.) I think girls in matching dresses is a bad thing, but similar colors and matching accents? okay!

  57. Melissa says:

    On special occasions or once in a while I think it is cute when the fabrics match (not the style – mom’s should not wear little girl dresses and little girls are not short women).

  58. Megan says:

    I think matching is okay. As in the same fabric used on girls for different style dresses, maybe the mom has a modern style skirt (something simple like a-line) and the boys have that fabric made into a bowtie or tie with the dad having a matching tie also or a coordinating color. ( I kind of want to do this for a christmas picture). But the pants on the boys would be a little different although similar and I don’t think it looks right if the girls have exactly the same style dress or if the mom is wearing the same style dress as the girls because it just looks too overdone. And it depends on the pattern of fabric. If it is really noticeable pattern it would look too matchy I think. And the clothing has to be really well made or it looks bad as well.

  59. carmel says:

    i think that as long as the kids are little its possible for them to be matched up with their clothing.
    and once in a while it can be cute for lets say my 3 year old son to wear simeler clothes as my husbend- its cute!
    but i wouldnt want to be mathched up with my mom, in my age- sick!

  60. Julia says:

    Coordinated–that’s fine. Similar, especially siblings close in age, that’s fine too. Matching? I don’t think so.

  61. Fouzia says:

    I wore matchy matchy outfits with my 3 cousins. We were all different ages, shapes and sizes. We all hated the outfits but thought it would make a statement wearing them to my sisters wedding- we were noticed alright and even labelled the 4 frogs!! I have never ever done matchy again and I never will after that experience!!

  62. Eli says:

    Matching your children is never a good option. Little girls in matching dresses, however, is perfectly acceptable.

  63. Susan says:

    My grandmother used to make matching sweaters for me and my doll when I was very little. I loved that. But later, my stepsister and I, who are a year apart, were always given the same clothes, but in different colors. We hated being treated like two peas in a pod.

    I wouldn’t dress my family in matching outfits. It’s just not us.

  64. liz says:

    in the right situation on the right day: YEs. If they want to. Sometimes my son wants to wear what daddy wears. But mostly no-especially in family pictures!

  65. Char says:

    I think they’re kinda cute with little kids, but as they get older, ughh. I do like the matching white/baby shower gowns that my sister and I were dressed in for a picture when we were young.

  66. Kimberj says:

    Never, ever been into the matchy matchy stuff. My grandmother used to do it to my older sister and I and I HATED IT! To this day our aesthetics couldn’t be more different. Of course since she was older she always got a say in the outfits and I didn’t. Hmmmm sounds like another therapy session coming up :)

  67. Alyssa says:

    I’m not huge on matching but that said I did just make my daughter a dress from leftovers of one of my dresses so we will sorta match.

  68. Linda S says:

    As kids, my younger sister & I enjoyed the matching outfits our grammy made/gave us (we called ourselves “the inky-binky twins”). I think maybe matching outfits for kids are OK, but if the parents get into the matching game it’s a little creepy.

  69. Colleen says:

    I think its funny to see “families” matching! I coordinated my kids but no “twin” stuff. I have twin sisters and my mom never believed in having us all dressed the same.

  70. i’m not a fan of family matching. i suppose coordinating isn’t so bad, but not the same fabrics. i grew up in a singing family, and our mom made us wear matching clothes to our singing appointments. it was so embarrassing.

  71. Ramona says:

    I have boy / girl twins who when they were babies, had a couple of matching outfits that were given to them. And sometimes my two daughters had matching dresses my mom sent to them but I never really got into the whole matching thing. Definitely would not do matching mother /daughter stuff.

  72. Darla says:

    I love matchy-matchy if it’s done right. I have four young children, and I dress them in matching/coordinating clothes often. Part of that is because I make many of their clothes to avoid buying sweatshop-produced commercial clothing, and it’s just easier to make two of the same thing. Another reason I go “matchy-matchy” is that it’s how we celebrate holidays. After all, it does look good for family pictures. I do make items for my husband and I that match or coordinate with their clothing, too, although we’re never dressed exactly alike. I guess I’m a dork, but it’s fun for us. We’re a very close family, and we don’t mind — in fact we’re kind of proud — that our clothes reflect that.
    I put together a flickr set of “matchy-matchy” clothes I’ve made for my brood just for the occasion if you’d like to check it out:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/darlamommy/sets/72157624397181397/

  73. Nancey says:

    I’ve seen a small print for a girl’s skirt and the same larger print for mom’s skirt in a family photo, but I don’t know about everyone in matching prints. Seems like a solid or variations of a color is more eye-pleasing. Too matchy distracts from the faces, that’s my take on it!

  74. Laura Bozzolo says:

    I dislike matching parent-child outfits, and a lot of matching clothes end up looking like a uniform or possibly a wedding party. On the other hand, sometimes matching outfits with a parent or older sibling makes a child feel special. When I was a child my grandmother made me dresses and matching dresses for my doll and I just loved them.

  75. Andrea P. says:

    I can’t do the matching outfit thing. I have seen siblings look cute in matching outfits, but it’s just too silly with adults.

  76. Becky says:

    I personally am in the no- matching band wagon, i think kids should be able to shown their individuality through their clothing at least :) show some self expression!

  77. V Reed says:

    Matchy matchy can be cute between young siblings, but I think can be a little silly for adults. On the other hand, I think it looks better to use similar colors and fabrics to create two unique fashions for adult and child. They wear the same colors and many of the same patterns without looking like.

  78. Kristin says:

    My mom sewed matchy outfits for our family when I was young, and I love the pictures of them! Nowadays though, my husband is really against them so we don’t do them in our family. I really like to color coordinate when I can. That way we can all wear our own style but we still look like we belong together!

  79. Tina says:

    This is addendum to the above post because I hit send before replying to the question.

    I love it when my boys match. I’m sure they’ll not love it so much when they’re older, but I think it’s adorable! Check this out:

    http://matttinaaidenjosiahisaac.blogspot.com/2010/04/easter-pictures.html

  80. Tina says:

    I absolutely love batiks. Although I often don’t know what to do with them.

  81. Jessica Norris says:

    I try to color coordinate rather than “match” outfits for pictures and/or special occasions. I’ve never bought the kids (or myself and husband) outfits from the same store that are supposed to match. I love the look of all white shirts, or navy, etc. as long as everyone’s shirts are a bit different. Not just plain old dress shirts. That’s a bit over-kill for me!

  82. Beth says:

    I have an aversion to matchy outfits, but my sister made us tie-dyed polos for a family photo and it turned out cute!

  83. Bee says:

    My mother used to dress my sister and I in matching but different coloured outfits. I hated it! And to this day, I want nothing to do with matching outfits within a family.

  84. Carrie says:

    for me matching only works for occasions like a family reunion or big event where families want to be easily delineated. Even in those instances I would only do that if forced! my 3 kids love picking out their own clothes, and I would not ever consider to purchase or make a mother-daughter matching dress..

  85. Terri says:

    I have never been a fan of matching anything…furniture, clothes…etc…
    I do like matching appliances… lol……I like individuality …..funkiness and differences….and I was never a fan of the suit…the only time I like matchiness is at weddings…. : ) Thanks for the chance to win such lovely fabrics…. you guys rock!!!

  86. I used to think family outfits were ridiculous until I have my own family. I’ve since made some matching pants for my kids as well as matching shirt dresses for my princess and I.

  87. shannon says:

    I admit, I like matchy/matchy. :) I like it between mother/daughter, father/son, and yes, the whole family! ha! I’ve seen it done well for parties and photos. Our family has done it! :) Yeah, I think it can be done tastefully–though maybe not everyone’s cup of tea. ;)

  88. I’d rather nicely coordinate than matchy-matchy. My husband’s family still laughs about the matching brown corduroy outfits that his mom made the whole family. Overalls for the 3 boys, jumpers for the 2 girls, skirt and vest for mom, and vest for dad. I’ve seen a pic! They were awful!

  89. alisha says:

    My sister bought my daughter an Easter dress that matched the dresses of her daughters. I thought they looked really cute, but it’s not something I would do often. I like finding coordinating outfits. Sometimes I suggest a shirt to my husband because the colors go well with something my daughter is wearing, but I’m pretty sure he hasn’t caught on yet.

  90. Jackie Davis says:

    Matchy/Matchy! Hilarious Topic! :)
    Do you love it or hate it? “hate” is too strong, Not a fan.
    Is it possible to do well? possible yes, often executed, rarely.
    Have you ever sewn matching outfits for your own family? nope.
    Do you have any good stories? None really. Just getting everyone the same color scheme or colors that “go together” is fine, too matchy is too much, imo.

    What about pictures? I don’t have any and families should go almost matchy not exact matchy. heehee

    Thanks!

  91. Liz says:

    i don’t have a family of my own, but in general i’m ambivalent. it can be fun, in the moment. but taken to extremes, it gets a little nuts.

  92. Erin says:

    I dont like really matchy outfits. I can deal with same color scheme or a small amount of the same fabric that kind of ties them together, but not blantently matchy!

  93. I like to have the kids dressed similarly but not exactly the same. In terms of parent and child, I think it could be done in a way that looks cute and not tacky.

  94. Victoria says:

    Hate hate hate matching outfits—coordinating ok, matching no way! I only have one child, a son, so we never matched all of us. We used to do coordinating for pictures though.

  95. momawake says:

    I think matching outfits for families is cute if done tastefully. For a couple years when my daughter was younger at Christmas time I made matching jumpers for her & me and a matching tie for my husband. I tried to pick fabric that my husband would like or at least wear it for the picture. ;-)

  96. Jessica says:

    I love matchy matchy for the kids. I have done a lot of matching 4th of July outfits and such for the kids. We also just did all matching tye dye for the family and did photos. So I am all for it.

  97. Shirley Clark says:

    I’m not really into totally matching, but I do think it looks good to blend for special occasions or pictures.

  98. Gretchen Thomas says:

    I used to do “matchy Matchy for our two girls and two boys, one year they had shirts and dresses that matched. They didn’t care for it too much as they got older so we stopped once they enterd school. BUT, one Sunday about a year ago (our boys were 15 and 18 then) the boys looked at each other in the pew and I got a note passed to me from my 18 year old who wrote “we look like the “Bobbsy Twins” and sure enough, the boys had dressed in identical outfits and only noticed it once they were stuck in church!!!

  99. Brooke says:

    I like the matchy look as long as it is only done on special occasions and look tasteful.

  100. Anna McD says:

    I have one prof. picture of all 4 of my kids dressed all in white….it was a baddddd day…nobody cooperated …….all later group pics were spur of the moment and no matching outfits

  101. Katie says:

    I have a daughter and 3 sons…we don’t do matching outfits, but sometimes i try to coordinate outfits. but even then, i’m not very fashionable, so it ends up being a FAIL. haha.

  102. Mindy says:

    We have the greatest pictures of matching outfits Mom made us for Easter. Too funny. It can be done well, and it can be overdone!

  103. I used to be firmly against the idea. Now I’m a mom, though, and I realize now what I have suspected all my life … women must lose a certain level of taste once they become moms. Now, the idea I used to think was cheesy seems SO CUTE to me! One of my next projects, in fact, is a skirt for myself and a matching skirt for my daughter, another matching skirt for my new daughter (coming hope soon from Ethiopia), AND matching skirts for my daughters’ dolls. Cheesy, buy I so can’t wait!!

  104. Erin Waters says:

    When we were little, my mom would make my sisters and I matching clothes (or dresses out of the same print in different colors). Now, I think I prefer things to just coordinate, not match with the same fabric or article of clothing. I don’t mind to make a skirt for one child and use the material to make a jumper for the other; just as long as it’s not identical. However, my girls do like to dress alike!

  105. Maggie Collins says:

    Yes when they are babies and young, no when they have a choice. i don’t see anything wrong with it as long as its not a power struggle.
    thanks! maggie

  106. Katherine says:

    Eww. I don’t think that there was ever an age when I thought it was good for me to be wearing the same clothes as my mom, and I wouldn’t do it to my daughter. Now if you have twin girls that’s an entirely different story.

  107. Laurel says:

    Coordination is nice at times, but I’m not big on “matchy matchy.” Little children can be an exception.

  108. Heather says:

    I like them for siblings. Not so much matchy, but coordinated fabrics and such. But for the entire family? No way! My mom used to make matching dresses for me and my sisters every year, same pattern, same fabric print but different colorways. I was always blue. :)

  109. Jennifer P says:

    I was totally against it until I had a daughter. We actually just had a picture made where the fabric in her dress matched my skirt, and her Dad wore a coordinating polo. But that was just for the pictures… we wouldn’t do it, say, for church on Sunday. I saw a fam at the zoo the other day where the toddler boy’s shorts matched his baby sister’s bubble (obviously handmade), and I must say it was precious.

  110. Munaiba says:

    Hi there
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  111. Ginger says:

    Matching dresses for Mom’s and daughters are cute. Matching clothing for kids can be cute too. But I don’t like the whole family to match or adults to match. But that’s just me.

  112. melissa says:

    ugh!! can’t stand it! I don’t even like it when the kids match.

  113. lisap says:

    I don’t think older kids should be forced to participate if they are apposed, but when kids are little, I’ve noticed it creating a sense of unity in a family, which is great!

  114. My sons are 8 and 5 and I still dress them matchy matchy. :) I know I probably shouldn’t but my 8 year old still says he doesn’t mind. I’ll keep it up as long as I can. I love it.

    Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

    Angie

  115. Tina C. says:

    i like it when the kids match, but i wouldn’t want to match them. i hate family portraits when people are wearing the same outfit, or even worse in my mind, if they’re just wearing the same color but not the same clothes like a white shirt and khaki pants. especially if the photo is taken on the beach — for some reason i hate that kind of matching.

  116. DebbieKL says:

    There’s no way I’d get my hubby to wear matching outfits with me and/or my son. For a special occasion or photo it’s nice to coordinate, but not match exactly.

  117. Morgan says:

    Um, the matchy-matchy kind of makes me ill. BUT, it’s very handy in a large crowd of people whom one is supposed to know…at least you can pick out which kid goes with which parents!

  118. Marla says:

    When my sons were younger I made a few matching short sets and overalls for them. Now I plan to make breezy ruffled yellow voile dresses for my daughter and I–a first for us. It was her idea(she’s 5) and she picked the fabric color.
    I do think it is nice to color coordinate the family for special occasions and holidays.

  119. Rachel says:

    Well, I had always been dead-set against matchy family outfits, but now I think matching pjs would be perfect for my KIDS for Christmas!

  120. Marcia W. says:

    When was small, I didn’t mind having a dress similar to my sister’s. In general, I do not like matchy-matchy. However, if a little guy has a tie that looks like his Dad’s, that is just cute.

  121. Stephanie says:

    So, I think matchy matchy for mother/daughter and father/son is ok, but not so much for the whole family.

  122. Christine says:

    I don’t like the matchy matchy. When I was a kid, my mother bought all my clothes without my approval. I hated every top, blouse, and skirt that I wore. I’m thinking if I had to wear what she did, I might have run away from home.

  123. I have three girls and I’ve made matching dresses a few times for them and they LOVE it!! I try to use the same fabrics, but different colorways. Now that we have a little boy, I’d love to get matching ties for him and my husband, I know my husband would love that too.

  124. Nkauj says:

    Not extremely matchy matchy per se. Wearing the same color combinations yes, but not the same prints at all. I just think it looks very tacky and the kids, yes the kids probably will agree with me on this

  125. Lisa D says:

    I don’t generally like the “matchy-matchy” outfits. It often looks too forced. But I do like it when I see a woman dressed up and her man is wearing a matching handkerchief on his suit. I think that looks sharp.

  126. Sarah Wick says:

    Sadly, no. I’m not really into the matchy-matchy thing. Nor even for a Sadie Hawkens dance. I think there are ways of coordinating outfits, but I don’t think it should be done very often–for family photos or holidays, perhaps. I have seen siblings dress alike when they are little tikes, and that can be cute. However, I’ve also seen so many couples who wear matching outfits when out and about or on vacation (I used to live in a very touristy town), and it was always so clear that the wives were dressing both themselves and their husbands. A bit controlling, I fear.

  127. carolyn says:

    My mom made pj pants for my whole family once. It worked for us but the kids grew out of the pants as well as I did after having a few more babies. I also had a bff as a kid (around 8yrs old) and we had matching outfit just different colors. My friends and I (around 12 yrs old) had a “club” and I had a sleepover and each kid got their own sweatshirt with a unicorn decoration on it and their name “silkscreened?” on the back.

  128. jessica says:

    I was 1 of 3 girls. Growing up my mom made almost all of our clothes, she resisted the matchy-matchy and made dresses out of similar fabrics, though the same pattern. I thank her for this.
    I would only match twins, if I had them!

  129. Bonnie says:

    I never really liked the dress alike thing, Maybe the same color for a picture is OK. I did like the relaxed beach pictures with everyone in tan pants,shorts or skirts and the white tops, but then everyone is doing it, now it is so overdone. I think all of our kids had family portraits done at the beach in those Matching outfits.

  130. I am a deep detester of matchy matchy family dressing. Was forced to have my sister dress the exact same as me my entire life and swore I’d never do it to my own kids. The other day my three year old picked out some fabric at the store and she wants her and I to have something in it, so I may have to suck it up for her!

  131. kim says:

    My mother used to make basic jumpers for myself and my 4 sisters. They were all different colors, thank god, but being the smallest I had to wear the jumpers longer than anyone else. Fortunately, by the time I was in Jr. high she stopped.
    I have to say, matching clothes for entire families is a bit cartoonie- like.

  132. Sarah Seitz says:

    Cute for mom and daughter or sisters, but involve the hubby and everything goes south!

  133. SheilaC says:

    Just say NO to matching outfits! I don’t like it when twins are made to dress the same either, unless it is their choice….

    SheilaC

  134. Collette says:

    I don’t like matchy-matchy but maybe that’s because I have a boy instead of a girl. I don’t know. However, I do often look down and see that we are dressed in a similar fashion–black bottoms, white shirt for example. Sigh.

  135. Erica says:

    I think coordinating outfits are okay, as long as they’re not too matchy. My Mom used to make my sister and I matching scottie dog dresses when we were little. They were awful.

  136. Julia in WDM says:

    our family would not go for matched anything. however, “uniforms” of some sort of VERY helpful when vacationing at a big public place, in which case a solid color T shirt works fine. I have one photo of dresses for me and my mom. She made them in time for Easter and we were cute.

  137. Andrea says:

    I like matchy watchy on twins…but that’s about it!

  138. Sherry says:

    I think that matching things like PJs (stuff that you wouldn’t really wear in public) is very cute. I also think for holidays its nice to co-ordinate outfits with some of the same fabric or the same fabric from a collection. The younger the kids the better. oh, and I also think doing a matching thing with a style (like the same type of shirt or skirt) but different fabrics is cute too (even for older kids).

  139. Cheryl says:

    Personally, I can’t stand it. Inadvertently I’ve done it – putting us in the same colour or a few of us in stripes. But it was always an accident and I change if I notice it before we leave the house.

  140. RebeccaJ says:

    Not only did my mom make all three of us girls matching outfits many times (same fabric, different colors), she and her sewing friend got together to make outfits for a total of 5 of us girls. I seem to remember details that were different. My friend had covered buttons on her blouse. I did not. There was lace on a blouse collar, not on another. This made it a bit competitive, in my mind.

    My 4 year old nephew did something odd for a while. If you happened to drop by the house, he would not speak, but go up to his room, change into something similar to what you were wearing and stand there waiting to see if you noticed.

  141. Erin says:

    As a kid my parents brought back shirts for my brother and dad, a dress for me and a blouse for my mom from Hawaii, all of the same white with blue mapping tropical fabric. That dress was one of my favorite dresses ever, and I loved when our family wore them together. It was the only matching family “outfit” that never came across as forced, it was just really cute. I think my brother and I were young enough to pull it off (2 and 8). I toy with the idea of matching outfits with my family but I don’t think we could pull it off. My husband’s disdain would be too obvious.

  142. I like matchy-matchlike … when a man’s tie complements his lady’s dress, children wearing the same outfit in different colors or the same fabric made into different styles, trim on a mom’s outfit in the same fabric matching her child’s outfit.

    Matchy-matchy only works for me in photographs.

    That’s my 2.5 cents.

    Thanks for the great tutorials.

  143. Ms. Fine says:

    I hate it, despise it, can’t stand it, and have nothing nice to say about it. NOt that I have a specific opinion about it or anything ;)

    Honestly, it’s hoaky, it’s cheesy–it’s kind of weird. Now, I’m not all for a family portrat or soemeething where the whole fam clashes, but well, ew. In a word.

    Now if we’re not talking full on outfits–I think matching aprons and the like would be cute–a way to ‘be like mommy’.

    Good grief–whatever you do-do NOT give your poor 6 year old a matching hair do. Gag.

  144. Denise M. says:

    Matching outfits are a BIG no-no in my opinion. Too Sears & Roebuck catalog photo shoot. I have never seen it pulled off well either (sorry). Similar colors or tones for a family pic? Maybe. Under NO circumstances matching.

  145. Serena says:

    I never thought I’d do matching outfits, but when you have a length of fabric that you can get a dress for yourself and your little girl out of, you make those dresses. And then you realize that it’s kind of fun, so when you add a sister, you make matching St. Patrick’s Day dresses…who knows how far this will go.

  146. shannon says:

    I’m not so into the matching family outfits. Maybe pajamas, but nothing we’d wear to leave the house in.

  147. Rae says:

    I made matching clothes for my daughter and her dolls. i have done this for her and several other girls’ first communions. It makes a nice keepsake. Also, a cousin of mine made a summer top for herself and a matching little sunsuit for her baby and they wore them to our family reunion. Adorable and subtle. I think it was a floral. It made me wish I had done this for my daughter.

  148. Jeni says:

    I have never been a matchy person, but being a mom now I can see why it is tempting. I have a little one on the way and I already feel that urge to dress my daughter and soon my son in similar clothes haha until someone catches on anyway!!

  149. Dana V. says:

    I’m way more likely to coordinate my family’s clothing for photos than to outright matchy match them. Matchy matching goes against my grain. Luckily, I have a boy & a girl, so I’m not tempted to put them in matching dresses like my sister & I had to wear. Thanks for the chance to win!

  150. Missyintx says:

    No, No,…. no matchy. Please no matchy. The only time I think it is appropriate is if there are several kids and you are at disneyland. Go ahead and make them look the same so you can locate them. Otherwise, please spare us all. :-)

  151. Lacey says:

    I don’t mind matchy/matchy outfits if they are done right. By this I mean not some cheesy country wear. I don’t have kids, so I have never made anything, but often times my husband and I will have the same jacket.

  152. Bonnie says:

    I loved the mother-daughter dresses my mom used to make. And I regularly dress my two girls alike!

  153. BetsyAnne says:

    I like it! Especially for mother/daughter because my mom made matching Easter dresses when I was little. And because I love the Sound of Music scene where the kid’s playclothes were made of matching drapery!

  154. I like blend, not match. People are too individual to match. This could be because I never had a sibling though.

  155. Cinnamon says:

    No way! The only thing I ever made that matched was boxer shorts for my husband and a matching pair for my 9 month old boy. It’s cute when they wear them together, but definitely not out of the house.

  156. I’m totally caught in the in-between about this. As a mother of 2 young boys (4 years and 8 months), I am always looking for opportunities to dress them alike. Though, my 4-year-old is hitting the age where he wants to have a say in his wardrobe, so the matchy-matchy thing with brother doesn’t always go over so well. However, I am directly opposed to matching my whole little family in similar prints, colors, etc. If one day a daughter is added to our mix, I may change my mind, but right now I think it’s overkill!

  157. Mama Lusco says:

    I love matchy-matchy! I have 7 & 3 year-old daughters who like to match so I usually use coordinating fabrics for their outfits so they match but still have some differences. Never tried matching the whole family before except coordinating t-shirts. Kids can definitely pull off matching.

  158. Leah says:

    We love matching here. My 6 children think it is the best when they all match and even better if Mom and Dad match. I frequently make matching for the girls (either same pattern and different materials, or same material and different patterns) and sometimes DS gets in on it with a matching shirt. There’s only been once where all 8 of us matched and that was with Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and 2 knit fabric. We all loved it and got lots of admiring comments when we wore them together to a local amusement part.

    It’s interesting to read some of the other comments on here. I honestly didn’t realize that people would feel so strongly against matching. Just goes to show how unique we each are. :)

  159. Corky says:

    Mom and I had matching dresses for Alaska Day (Oct 18th – the women wear long calico type dresses and bonnets and the men wear beards and dress like olden days.) I like the idea of a matching tie and baby shirt! I might do that for my son and his newborn baby!! Thanks for the great posting and giveaway. I have just discovered shot cottons and I need to use them!

  160. Sara says:

    There was definitely some fun mother/daughter matchy-matchy going on in my family when I was a kid. My mom would sew us matching dresses for Easter or Christmas–I totally loved this.

    Not sure I would be into doing that with my kid and I think maybe the only really cute adult/child matchy outfit is an apron!

    Dressing your kids matchy-matchy, I think thats mostly kind of cute.

    Here is the awesome holiday dress evidence:

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kF7ngPe4OXo/R9oGTI7cMNI/AAAAAAAABCo/Tub_S67AfrE/s800/The%20Fam%200010.JPG

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kF7ngPe4OXo/R9oG7o7cMgI/AAAAAAAABFA/jeaD8RPfJhk/s800/The%20Fam%200029.JPG

  161. Melanie says:

    As a photographer… I hate matchy-matchy clothes. It’s just not real. I like my photographs to show honest expressions and character, not, “Hey look- you guys all match!” If that’s the first thing that’s noticed in a photograph, it’s a huge fail, IMHO.

  162. Maeve says:

    Oh, I think matchy outfits are cute for little kiddos, but not for the whole family, unless it is for a big family reunion and every family has their own theme. I sewed dresses and other items that matched for my girls when they are 5 and under (I had 3 girls in about 5 years). They looked so cute dressed alike. But I never would have done that when they got a little older. They each deserved their own look, since they certainly had distinctively different personalities!

  163. jenne says:

    perfectly matching doesn’t appeal to me, although I do intend to make a skirt or two that matches ones I’ve made for msyelf for my daughter. And if this next baby is a girl, I could see going for matching girl dresses. I AM a fan of very coordinated outfits for pictures. We had photos done of our family dressed thus:

    My daughter and I wore short denim skirts with black leggings and sandals. She wore a top that was a pretty purple and green plaid. I wore a purple camisole and a green short jacket that were the same colors in her plaid. My husband wore a dark geometric shirt (another color from the plaid) and jeans, and my son wore similar jeans and a lighter shirt with both the blue of my husband’s shirt and the green from our daughters. The pictures look great!

  164. I think matchy matchy as kitsch is totally fun. I mean, to take a family picture all matching when obviously that isn’t your taste would be really funny and cheeky, I think. I’m also not wholly opposed to making matching dresses for my daughter and myself, but that’s because she’s still so little. Is it possible to do well? Of course! And if it’s done terribly then all the better I say!

  165. Melissa says:

    We always try to coordinte colors but never actual same outfits. Mostly because I never think about what we are going to wear in a picture till the night before. My mom was always on top of things. She would make my sisters and I matching dresses for several family pictures. Her dress always coordinated but was never the same fabric. I think they look great! I also has a good friend that made dresses for her girls and then a skirt for her out of the same material and I think it turned out pretty darling as well.

  166. Shawnee says:

    As a child we had to wear matching shirts by sibling family to my fathers family reunions. My mother and sister thought it was cute to make us Hawaiian shirts with sunsets and palm trees one year. My brother and I thought they were awful but 30 years later we can still pick our family members in those photos that are now being passed around on Facebook.

  167. Theresa N. says:

    I think it’s great if that’s what makes you happy and that’s never a bad thing right gals?! Happy Friday, all!

  168. BreannaS says:

    I have used matching colors for family pictures but never matching outfits. I recently saw a family picture where every member had the same print somewhere and I did not like it, just not for me.

  169. Deven says:

    I think useing the same material would be ok but NOT the same pattern. I’m less in favor of boys matching girls/girls matching boys.

    I’ve actually seen very nice outfits in catalogs such as hanna anderson.

  170. Sarah says:

    We matched like crazy growing up (3 girls = 3 matching dresses for every special occasion), but I can’t say I’d necessarily be one board for now…unless it was coordinating for pictures or something.

  171. Vanessa says:

    I was never into matching, but my toddler son always wants to be like Daddy. Just seeing his joy in matching with Daddy makes it worthwhile.

  172. Sam says:

    I don’t like matchy matchy at all. On the other hand my 4-year-old always checks to see what color pants I’m wearing and tries to match me.

  173. Kathleen says:

    Nooooooooo matchy matchy for adults. Little (infant to 2 or 3)kids for Christmas pics may be ok but that may be the limit. Mom and daughter? not sure how I feel about that.

  174. Holly U says:

    In general, I’m against. Coordinating colors is one thing, but it is SO hard to match prints without getting way too cute too fast.

  175. Janet says:

    I think coordinated outfits for families are UGLY! I think the only application of matchy matchy that works is for twins…but even that can be too much at times :)

  176. NO, NO, NO matching! Maybe if it’s just for your kids and you use coordinating prints. Absolutely NO matching involving adults. My mother used to do this to my brother and I when we were young. I still have nightmares. Ha, ha, I’m being dramatic, but seriously, ya’ll. No matchy matchy.

  177. Lisa says:

    Fortunately, I don’t recall being forced to wear matching family outfits growing up. Although, it’s perfectly possible that I’ve blocked out the memories to protect my conscious self from horrible embarrassment. I do not make my husband and son match.

  178. anu says:

    mmm…mitchy matchy is never good (on people or in decor!)

  179. Sima says:

    I used to really dislike the matchy matchy look. Now that I have 4 kids I love it. If everyone dresses very differently we look like a bunch of chaos, I love dressing them alike now.

  180. Alex says:

    I think coordinating family outfits (not exactly matching) are nice for portaits or special occasions, but it can definitely get too cutesy fast :)

  181. Paula says:

    Generally awful! But at a certain point in their development kids seem to like to match … maybe it’s inevitable …

  182. Kat says:

    I am anti. It’s just too contrived, I don’t understand why people think it’s so endearing.

  183. Michelle says:

    I’m not big on the matchy matchy thing, though sometimes my girls (5 and 8) will wear similarly colored clothing, or the same T-shirts, or skirts, but rarely *everything* together at the same time. I’ve made them matching skirts before, but that was for Halloween!

  184. Alexis says:

    Before having kids, I used to think that matching family outfits were an absolute NO! Now that I have 2 daughters, I think it’s cute and fun, and like wearing team colors creates a connection and a unified identity. My girls love matching- they choose matching swimsuits this year, and love wearing the matching dresses that my mother-in-law sent them. Matching dresses for the three of us? I haven’t made them yet, but maybe for the holidays this year!

  185. Francis C. Moore says:

    I have made matching outfits for my six year old granddaughter and her American Girl doll, Kit. While in Chicago recently at the American Girl store for a wonderful lunch, a lady made the comment that she had not seen the matching outfits that Olivia and Kit were wearing. It was fun. They are also the center of attention at church when they are wearing matching outfits.

  186. MsPetey says:

    I love the idea, except when it’s too perfect. I like when family members have a matching element but also differ a little bit. Maybe the dress is the same, but in different shades of the same color. I have very fond memories of my mother sewing matching Easter dresses for my sister and me every year. Sometimes my husband and I match our outfits to a party, just to make people laugh. I think we pull it off best when we do reversals of each others outfits: maybe he’s wearing a lavendar button-down shirt with khakis, and I’m wearing purple gingham pedal-pushers and a breezy white blouse. We’ve both got the purple going on, but we’re not identical twins.

  187. Lisa H. says:

    I don’t like the matchy-matchy. ALTHOUGH, I must admit I’m the Mom of two boys. Maybe I’d feel differently if I had girls…

  188. Anne says:

    There’s definite potential for cuteness with matching outfits, as long as they are not identical and both are age-appropriate! That being said, my hubby will probably never let me do that with our kids, as he is a twin and hated matching his brother growing up!

  189. jennifer says:

    I love the idea of coordinating outfits for siblings, but I don’t think my husband and I would want to wear matching as well. We’re not that cute!!! :)

  190. Mama Spark says:

    I think it is cute when little girls are small and match or the mom and daughter outfits but as everyone *grows up* I think it just begins to look silly.

  191. Courtney J says:

    Matching bad. Variations of a color are much more interesting. Same as when decorating a room. Layers of color and different textures.

  192. SaraD says:

    Wow, I can’t decide! I think it takes a careful eye and in most cases it doesn’t work, but once in a while, the matchy match thing can be cute.

  193. Crowleyanna says:

    It’s one of those things that is awesome when it’s right and worse than horrible when it’s wrong. I’ve thought about this a lot with my son (16 months old). And thought that if I were to match anything to his outfits… maybe an envelope clutch in a matching or coordinating pattern for the summer stuff. As for fall and winter, there may be more opportunities.. especially if we use wovens that can be adult or baby. I could also see mom in a clingy tee with an appligue in front that matches baby’s outfits. But I don’t see a matching skirt or dress to his outfit… but rather an adult accessory to match his munchkin outfit. If he had a younger sibling, I would definitely make matching outfits! Those are my thoughts! Hope I win a yard a fabric : )

  194. Melissa Ann says:

    I have twins. Twins and Matchy Matchy is overdone (and someone tiresome to mommy when you have identicals… ahem). However, I love coordinating. The same outfit in different colorways of a print. Or two different outfits (a skirt and a dress for instance) in the same print.

    I will admit I fall victim to matchy matchy occasionally. I actually made myself a skirt and then with my leftover fabric made them dresses. And I’ll probably have us wear them all at the same time at some point ;)

  195. Briana says:

    I like matchy if its only certain elements. Like using the same fabric to make a baby girl dress, a little boy’s tie, and a belt for mom. That way a family portrait with this combo would be coordinated, but not over the top!

  196. Susan says:

    I cringe at the very mention of matchy/matchy clothing. Although it could be cute on very, very young girls (maybe a toddler/baby matching fabric), on anyone else all I can think of are the bands from the early 60s where they all wore the same outfits and repeated the same 5 or 6 dance steps. In fact, I began sewing because a best friend kept buying the exact same outfits I had. Sewing was an escape into individualism.

  197. Kristie says:

    I’m not a fan of matching parents and kids outfits. I sometimes dress my son and daughter in the same colors, but not the same patterns. I do have one sweater with a small bird appliqued and my daughter has the same bird on a t-shirt of a different color. I don’t think we’ve worn them at the same time though.

  198. Sandhya says:

    I love matching outfits! In fact today I just got 2 yards of lovely polka dot knit fabric from Joann’s so I could make a top for myself and a dress for my daughter! Too bad polka dots are not a boy’s thing. I would have made it for my husband and son too! Growing up my father always used to buy matching outfits for us, three girls, we hated it at the time, but looking back I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

  199. Vira says:

    I like the mother-daughter ones :) It probably would be cute to do a photo shoot for the family in the matching outfits. But that’s certainly not for everyday use :))

  200. Rita says:

    I HATE them. Always have. If my husband and I accidentally dress similarly I make one of us change. My sister-in-law coordinates her whole family every single day. I can’t wait to see what happens when her kids become teenagers.

  201. brittany says:

    i am not really a fan of matchy outfits. i think that coordinating outfits for pictures works, you know, so that they dont clash but rather are complimentary. but i really have never been drawn to matching outfits.

  202. Annika says:

    My son deliberately tries to match his Daddy, so any reservations I had about it have pretty much gone away. I haven’t tried to match my daughter yet, but I probably won’t be able to help myself–at least while she is still a baby.

  203. Melissa says:

    I make matching dresses for my 8 month old daughter and I but I am sure that as she grows up I will cease to do this. My little sister and I always wore matching outfits as little ones.

  204. beth says:

    I like matchy matchy for kids but not with mom and dad, too. Maybe a little color coordination but same fabrics – no, that’s too much. I do like mother/daughter outfits when the daughter is little. I made dresses for my daughter and granddaughter out of the same Indian silk sari for a wedding and they were really lovely.

  205. Dana says:

    A couple of times, my husband and I have put on the same color shirt, one of us changes. I don’t like matchy, even in kids. Let everyone be individual.

  206. Margaret says:

    Matchy matchy outfits are cute for kids but I personally am not into the mother/daughter matching thing. It’s also great for wedding parties :).
    I really like similar outfits for kids with a little variation….very cute.

  207. iris says:

    It really depends on the family and on the clothing. My mom never made anything coordinated for her and for me, but she made matching dresses for me and my sister. We have the cutest pictures wearing those beautiful dresses and skirts. If she had made matching aprons for example, I think it would have been great. It would have made me a lot more interested in learning what she was doing in the kitchen. Matching clothes and other items would have been a perfect tool to get closer while growing up, and for me to learn more from her.

  208. DianeY says:

    All I have to do is go to Waikiki (easy for me since I live here) & see the families all decked in the same outfit & I remember how much I hate matchy-matchy! It maybe would not so bad if they were tasteful Hawaiian prints, but they are usually the prints that give Hawaiian fabric a bad name! And it always is accompanied by sunburn!

  209. Julie says:

    I think it’s cute if not too overly done. I am looking forward to it with my daughters :)

  210. Katy Yo says:

    Haha, reading all the horrified responses to people who wear matchy clothes (and agreeing) makes me want to do it! But in an over-the-top way so people could see that we were spoofing. For Halloween, maybe, but not seriously in real life.

  211. Elizabeth says:

    I think excessive matching tends to look a bit odd…my husband makes an effort to make sure that we don’t clash when we go out (particularly somewhere more fancy, like a wedding), but that’s about it. We didn’t even have an overarching color scheme for our wedding, though, so I might be the wrong person to ask!

  212. Pearl says:

    I don’t like matchy matchy anything. Not furniture, and not clothes for the whole family. That being said, I’ve seen pictures of our family, and we do coordinate! I guess I pick out everyone’s clothes and I have a certain style that manifests in coordinating collective family outfit. But I find that prints that are good for small sizes don’t necessarily work for larger pieces and vice versa. Baby girl looks good in almost everything, and I cannot pull off some of those outfits.

  213. LFinn says:

    My daughter and I have matching skirts that I made, and I think it is cute. She’s just three, so she doesn’t mind right now. I like mother/daughter and father/son matching, but the ENTIRE family coordinating might be stretching it a little bit for me. My husband just ordered himself and my toddler son matching bow ties, and I look forward to seeing how that turns out! I grew up wearing matching outfits with my siblings for Easter Sunday–and I survived :-)

  214. Jessica C says:

    Once, on a family vacation when I was 15 my family decided to hire a professional for family photos. So the parents made us all dress in something bluejean. It was horrible. 19 people in bluejeans, bluejean jackets, bluejean scrunchies, and even some blue jean chuck taylors!

  215. DrMolly says:

    I actually am not fond of it myself, although I have to admit that sometimes it’s cute. When I was a girl my mom often made outfits for my #1 sister (I have 2 others-#2 & #4 – plus #1,#2,#3 brothers, too-all younger) and I outfits of the same fabric, just different colors. I remember that with fondness.

  216. Kelly W says:

    As a twin I am firmly in the no camp. After we could choose our own colors we would deign to dress alike if I was in purple and she was in pink. After about age 6 that too ended.

    When I see moms dresses like their daughters I think they must be on the way to a catalogue photo shoot. Because why else would someone do that to themselves? :>

  217. Linda says:

    I think matching outfits are fine for special celebrations, like “Old Fashioned Day” at Church,or in a parade.They also are special in Family photos. For normal day wear, I think they look silly,unless it is on little ones.Thanks for sharing!

  218. JWZ says:

    It can be done well, but too often isn’t. I guess I prefer ooordinating rather than matching, and definitely moreso when it comes to kids/siblings rather than parents. It’s one of those things that I don’t think should be overdone either…like for pictures or special occassions, but everyday, a bit overkill in my book!

  219. Sheetal says:

    i think a subtle ‘matchy-ness’ is sweet, but a complete ‘cloning’ is a bit odd.

  220. Krystina says:

    Personally I’m not into having the entire family match. I actually kinda dislike it. But I do really like father & son matching for some reason. And if it is mother and daughter I don’t mind having similarities in the look– like the same fabric but a different dress, or having something that ties everyone together.

  221. Angelina S. says:

    I’m against matching outfits. I was trying to think of a time when I thought it was done well, & I couldn’t. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong some day…

  222. Coleen says:

    I am totally against it. After years of matching Sailor Suits between my brother and I (Dad was military). I cannot think of a worse punishment for my own children.

    We do similar colors, but nothing matching exactly in my family.

  223. Kadybug says:

    I am sewing matching outfits for my girls 1 pink gingham dress and one blue. I have always wanted to do mother daughter dresses. However, I don’t have any desire to match the whole family. I never really liked the whole matching family idea. I think overall it is okay to a certain age to match some of the family (siblings or mother and daughters). I remember having matching dresses with my sisters when I was younger but then I remember a distinct turning point when it wasn’t fun anymore…I think I was 12 or 13.

  224. kate says:

    eh. as an only child my family never did matchy/matchy outfits, plus totally not my mom’s style. once when i was 16 i made my boyfriend wear his orange turtleneck sweater and i wore mine. i felt uncomfortable all day. so no more MATCHING but i do like the idea of coordination! :)

  225. Kathryn Strong says:

    My mother used to buy us matching nightgowns when I was a young girl, and they were precious. I’m not big on matching family outfits in public these days, but do have a pair of matching aprons for my daughters and me that we like to wear when we bake a “project” together.

  226. I like coordinating, but not MATCHY matchy… although father/son matching ties are cute!

  227. kerri says:

    As a twin, I have to say I’m not for the matchy-family ensemble! Sort of mannequin-ey creepy, if you ask me. But I still smile when I see twins in matching clothing…which is a little creepy itself! But I still like it.

  228. Rachel says:

    My husband refuses to match. If I wear something even similarly colored, he will go change. My grandmother used to always make my sister and me matching dresses. At the time I hated it, but now I love looking back at the old pictures.

    I am looking forward to coordinating with my baby daughter. I’m not sure about matching yet though.

  229. Mary Guido says:

    I don’t have children, but I am having a fun, “Sound of Music” moment because of your question!

  230. Java Jane says:

    Egad no!

    When I was five or so, my Mom bought matching pink gingham dresses for my older sister and me. I adored it, sister hated it. Now I know why.

  231. Sara A says:

    I am the oldest of four girls. My mother got (or made?) red, white and blue summer dresses for all of us when I was maybe 10 or 11. They are in every picture ever taken of our summers hereafter. Yes, of course they were handed down. My youngest sister wore them FOREVER! The photos now make us laugh hysterically.. they are very 1970′s. When I gave birth to my daughter I asked if they were still around….

  232. Kimberly says:

    I don’t have kids yet but if I did, I could see dressing same-sex kiddos in coordinating fabrics or colors, but not matchy-matchy. And definitely not the whole family. It’s too cutesy for me.

  233. Jennifer says:

    Any time my husband and I accidentally match, he’s not a fan. I doubt we’ll ever wear matching outfits as a family when we have kids! :)

  234. Kimberly says:

    I always hated matchy-matchy outfits, until I had my 2nd girl! My older girl (18 months at the time) wanted to wear ALL THE SAME clothes that the new baby had! Problem was, we didn’t have any. We still don’t have any, but we have a few “coordinated” outfits, and I tend to dress them in the same colors.

  235. Monica says:

    Way back in the 50′s, my mother used to dress my older sister and me in matching outfits for the holidays. By the time my younger sister came along, my mother had given up on it – thank God!

    But, my husband and I have similar interests and taste in clothing, so we find that we have a lot of similar shirts. Once when we were hiking and camping in Humbolt Redwoods State Park in California, we were wearing matching beige Dickies work shirts and several people came up to us and asked us questions about the park because they assumed we were park rangers.

  236. Dana says:

    I personally dislike it. The only exception is for pets! Then it’s cute.

  237. Kristin says:

    I’m not a huge fan of matchy matchy outfits. I do think some of the mother-daughter outfits are cute, but I don’t have a daughter so I haven’t made any for my family. I also never had any growing up. I have seen some adorable pictures on Flickr though!

  238. Becky says:

    We like to put our girls in coordinating but not exactly matching outfits. Same fabrics, different garments etc. But, I already get accused of being the baby-sitter, so I usually don’t participate unless it’s a holiday and then I just go with a basic red etc. (And yes, I am a full-grown adult…I just have a baby face:)

  239. Colette says:

    I am totally a geek and LOVE matchy matchy Mommy daughter stuff! I tend to make a pattern matching for us but use different fabrics (i.e. shirt, bag, etc).

  240. Johanna says:

    I neither hate nor love it. Sometimes it is cute (with little girls in matching dresses) but most of the time I think that people are trying to hard to match and it just won’t work.
    What I do think is nice is when little details match, like a baby hat and a fun applique on the shirt of the mother.

  241. Sara says:

    Do not like. Even if I inadvertently dressed like someone else, (we’re wearing the same color t-shirt, for example), I’ll change my clothes before we leave the house together.

  242. kim says:

    For a photograph or special event, I think matching outfits can be cute, especially when it’s just a repeated pattern or element but not the exact same pieces of clothing.

  243. Pamela says:

    Matching can be really fun, but if you do hand-me-downs and have multiple dresses that are exactly the same, the poor youngest child feels like they have the same outfit forever! (But if you are the oldest sibling, it’s all good!)

    So, I guess like all good things, it’s fine in moderation.

  244. Faith says:

    I am not a huge fan. I don’t really have anything to say about it. It doesn’t bother me that much. I just don’t think I would do it.

  245. Kirsten says:

    I have to say that I am a fan of the matching between families. I just like that it looks like one cohesive unit. I have dressed my baby girl in the same colors that I’m wearing on a particular day and with the arrival of a baby boy coming soon I’m looking forward to doing the same with him and my husband! :)

  246. Rosemamie says:

    I have been known to buy my boys matching tshirts, but that is mostly to stave off the inevitable fight over ‘his shirt is cooler than mine’ and keep the peace. When I was small my mother used to make my sister and I matching outfits….so many Olan Mills photos with us in matching polyester jumpsuits…..I’m traumatized by it all! ;) No matchy match for us….well except for thost blasted tshirts ;)

  247. Kelli says:

    I’m dead set against matchy outfits. I can see wearing things that are similar…like using touches of the same fabric design, but in a different color. But never understood why one would want to be identical with someone from head to toe.

  248. Cathy A says:

    My boys are now 13, 9 and 2. Matchy matchy doesn’t go over well. It’s okay for pj pants, although probably not any longer for the teenager.

  249. Rina says:

    So I think it can be cute for kids under 5. But definitely no parents matching, except for family portraits, etc. I used to HATE when my mom dressed us up in the same outfits!

  250. Kristy says:

    I am not a fan of the complete matching family. I prefer coordinating colors but with each person showing off some individuality. My mom forced my sister and I to match too much as a child, I think.

  251. Katie says:

    When we were young, my mom would have the three girls wear sailor dresses and the boy a sailor suit for Easter. Luckily it was reserved for this one event and she didn’t go too overboard. Matching siblings is sweet (usually) but a little weird when the parents match too.

  252. Kelly says:

    Did it with my girls when they were little only because if I bought them unmatchy dresses, they wanted the one their sister had. With them being 4 1/2 years apart, sharing was not possible.

  253. Samina says:

    I think matchy outfits are awful, but an accent piece on the parent’s outfit that matches the kid’s outfit can be cute if it isn’t overdone. The parent & kid wearing the same outfit thing is pretty ridiculous. On the other hand, my friend’s son & husband had t-shirts that said “big guy” & “little guy” on them when their son was toddler & I thought that was very cute.

  254. Dree says:

    No matchy matchy around here. I can’t even stand the matching T-shirts some families wear to amusement parks! Not that I have any girls around here, but if I had a daughter I’d make her and a doll matching outfits, if she wanted. The boys want me to make the cats matching outfits, but since the cats haven’t requested it, I’m not doing it ;)

  255. Beth Ellen says:

    I don’t like matched outfits–I like to see each child’s personality in what they choose to wear. I don’t even care if the components of their outfits go together or not! When my kids were in preschool, I let them choose what to wear, within reason–I had a no pjs at school rule, but I didn’t really worry about the components of their outfits matching. We also have a family pic with our youngest daughter (at 2) in a prim little dress, our middle daughter (at 5) in a tinkerbell costume, and our son (7) in a hockey jersey. My husband and I are wearing casual clothes. The photo is one of my favorites. The reasoning behind it for me went as follows:
    “I don’t like having formal pics taken, so I am going to wear what I feel most comfortable and relaxed in, so I won’t be stressed. I think we all 5 should do the same!”
    It worked–the photo is great!

  256. jana says:

    I really like those shot cottons!

  257. Greeblygreebly says:

    My best friend and I LOVED to wear matching outfits when we were little. Now I like it when my kids kind of match (same t-shirt, for example, or both in Hawaiian print but different prints.) I’ve been tempted to do the same Hawaiian print for a shirt for my son and a dress for my daughter but my husband would no doubt cringe as his mom used to do that all the time with their whole family.

  258. Dana St John says:

    I often see little girls wearing the same outfit as their mums, I dont hink its done on purpose as iv noticed one occasion I wore my white linen trousers and choose the same for my little girl without it being thought out. I think matching ties on fathers and sons look cute as do simple v neck sweaters, but not really keen on mum and daughter matching outfits. I think it works better on Fathers and their boys then mothers and daughters.

  259. Jennifer says:

    I like it. (So there!)

  260. Kate says:

    I haven’t gone the matchy/matchy out fit route. My daughter has a dress in the same fabric as one of her dolls but that’s where it ends. BUT my husband and I often leave the house wearing similar outfits by accident (same colour top and same colour bottoms!)
    When my husband was young, his mother made him and his siblings matching sailor suits. They all had a sailor theme with different variations in the style of clothing. It was somewhat cute, but only on someone else’s kids!

  261. Veronica says:

    My mom used to sew matching outfits for me and my sisters when we were little kids. Looking at the photos of us wearing them, it’s kind of funny now. If I had kids, though, I probably wouldn’t make them matching outfits. I might make them out of different fabrics, but not exactly the same; even if they were twins. My husband and I might sometimes wear similar-colored tops and shorts not on purpose. I guess we think alike. People always tells us we look good together when we do that.

  262. elisabeth says:

    ok so for this 4th of july I used the same fabric to make a top for my daughter, a dog dress for, well who else, but for my son I cut out stars and the letters USA from the fabric and put them onto a white tee. Considering I made the finishing touches just a few hours before going to watch fireworks they didn’t wear their items long. And they wore jackets once we got outside so no one saw them. I also forgot to take pictures so I’ve saved the children the future embarrassment (by showing them to dates, of course!)
    Now the question is, would I make matching outfits for the entire family? No, well, maybe as a joke or for Halloween.

  263. Katy says:

    I think that matching pajamas are fun, especially on Christmas, and siblings in matching outfits for days out in busy places (like the zoo, amusement parks, etc) make them easier to find, but matching outfits for regular, everyday, non-sleepwear? no thanks.

  264. Casey says:

    Honestly, I hate it when the whole family matches in any sort of way.

  265. monica says:

    i think in family photos it brings together the family well. I have never done it, probably never will. Our family members have their own style. Never will i sew a matching outfit either but i think it can work sometimes in photos. sometimes i look at myslef and my daughter and find us looking similar and have to go change:) she would always look way cuter than myself..

  266. Claire says:

    For mother’s day when I was little my mom made herself and I matching wrap skirts and purses. They were adorable! I still have the purse, I just have to dig it up from deep deep down. Or maybe I gave it away. I can’t remember.

  267. Amy S. says:

    My mom used to dress my sister and I alike (sister 3 years younger than myself) and I hated it. I do not make my kids wear matching outfits. However lately my 2 boys (that are only a year and a half apart) have been coming downstairs wearing matching outfits by their own choosing! I was so surprised when they first did it, they were even gloating that they were matching! So I my take on it, is let them pick to match if they want, but don’t force them too! :)

  268. I love coordinated outfits where everyone gets to still have their own style.
    Jana

  269. Steph W says:

    Love those checks!!

  270. maddie says:

    When my children (6) were little I would often dress them all in matching clothes.. and while cute it served the purpose of always being able to spot them when we were out, not to mention if one went missing I could just say point to another one of the kids and say.. ” he looks like that but – bigger/smaller” !

    maddie, yes.. 6 kids :)

  271. Sally says:

    If I had a girl I might feel differently, but with two boys I am ALL about them matching each other. They are almost four years apart, so no one will mistake them for twins and I love it when they match!!!

  272. Victoria says:

    Coordination, yes.. matchy-match, no.

    As children in the 70s, my sister and I were often dressed in matching outfits that were more fitting for the 1870s. We had a wardrobe that both Holly Hobby and Laura Ingalls would have flipped their bonnets for. Did I mention that we has bonnets to match our pinafores?

    My mother, a talented seamstress, sewed these costume-y delights with love, but sent us to school and to family events dressed as extras. It’s not that she was delusional. She was the queen of the halter tops/dresses and her homemade wardrobe was quite contemporary. My sister and I cringe when we think about it and laugh our heads off when look at old pictures.

  273. Melissa says:

    We are very anti-matchy!!!

  274. Jennifer says:

    I agree with many others that I’m don’t like matchy matchy but rather a coordinating theme or color. I have 2 boys and I don’t ever buy them the same shirt, but rather just different colors.

  275. Lorrie says:

    My mother sewed clothing for my sister and me when we were young. Very often our dresses were the same pattern and fabric type, but of different colours. When my own daughters were young, I made a few matching outfits for them. I think it’s fine when they are young, but matching adult and children’s clothing doesn’t really work.
    Now that my daughters are grown and live away from home, it’s amazing to see how often we all show up at an event wearing VERY similar outfits. Scary.

  276. omama says:

    I don’t have a daughter so I haven’t ever done that myself. I suppose I would say no to matching outfits in general. The things I would dress myself in are probably not the same styles or fabrics I would choose for my little girl. As for the family, my husband immediately changes his clothes if we start to leave the house in anything too similar (same color scheme, vest & jeans combos, etc,). I have however made hats for my son & husband from the Eddy cap tutorial in different fabrics. When they wear them at the same time it sure boosts my sewist’s pride.

  277. dana says:

    Exact match with the whole family? Usually tacky.
    Matching outfits for toddlers? Adorable.
    Matching outfits for big kids? Embarassing.
    Matching outfit for little girl and her doll? Makes her happy and very cute.
    Matching mom and daughter? Great for a tea party or costume party. Cheesy otherwise.

    Coordinating is much better, but even matching the exact same color can be overdone!

  278. Deb says:

    I guess I think of it as kind of a 50s/60s thing; my mother used to make us matching outfits for church. Mine would always be those ubiquitous full-skirted puffy-sleeved numbers and hers would be the fashion of the day…same fabrics though.

    Now I think it’s very cute if the kids are young…not for teens though. They’d protest it anyway!

  279. Marie says:

    My grandmother used to sew matching outfits for the girl cousins and their mothers. I remember loving it. I enjoy seeing little girls with matching outfits. But I’m not a fan of the whole family matching. Like for family photos…the whole jeans and white t-shirts is overrated.

  280. Liz says:

    As a kid, I desperately wanted matching mother-daughter outfits. My mom would not acquiesce. Now I know why: she knew better. As an adult, I HATE the idea. You’ve got matching DNA…why do you need matching outfits as well?

  281. Lynne says:

    The only time I would dress the family matchy matchy would be for babies or for pj’s. I don’t think I would ever use the same prints for my kids and I. I think matching pj pants for all the kids would be cute though, even if they are a little older. And maybe matching father-son pj pants?

  282. Marci Girl says:

    I hate it, it makes me literally want to puke. The whole family wearing similar colors to take a family portrait maybe, but not out in public….honestly…can you get any more brady bunch?

  283. Barb B says:

    I am so on the fence with this question. Not real matchy but coordinated. But then it so quickly can slide into the scary. It is all about moderation I guess.
    Thanks for the great discussion.

  284. Betsy says:

    I like matching outfits for small children, or better yet, coordinated fabrics out of the same fabric, but a different style. I just made these coordinated outfits (dress and diaper shirt/bloomers) for my nieces
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/31304089@N04/4772804428/in/photostream/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/31304089@N04/4772150305/in/photostream/.

  285. Tawny Bee says:

    I’m probably the wrong person to ask about that. Our family has a team name *groan* The kids are still young, so matching outfits is still considered cute. Don’t think they will like it very much once they get older though.

  286. Steph says:

    I have twins so yes I do match them. But that’s as far as we’ve gone. The only place it looks sort of cute is in Hawaii when tourists dress up in all matching Hawaiian clothes.

  287. Katie says:

    I make matching Easter dresses for my three girls every year that I’m not pregnant or have a brand new baby. This year I was pregnant so I had my older girls (9 & 7) sew their own matching skirts for Easter. I made the skirt for the 5-year-old. But my favorite sewing for three girls was the year I made matching white dresses with blue satin sashes for the Sound of Music Sing-along at the Hollywood bowl. We sang every song!

  288. ~Heather says:

    I made matching pajama bottoms for my little lads out of an old comforter cover, but I think that’s about as matchy as I get! ~H

  289. Kristin says:

    Not so much into the whole family matching. Maybe mom and daughter or son and daddy, if the outfits are super simple and don’t match exactly….like the same fabric, different style.

  290. Anita says:

    I’m not really into them but when I used to pick out my daughters clothes – we were often in similar colors. I never noticed it until a friend pointed it out!

  291. Ack! NOooooo. Do not like matchy-matchy. I can honestly say I never dressed my 9 kids in anything matching. I did sew my girls some dresses that may have contained some of the same fabrics but they were still very, very different. I freak if my husband and I happen to have a similar shirt on! One of us has to go change! I never did Sadie Hawkins dances either…anyone remember those? You and your date wore matching outfits. Hmmm… maybe my aversion started then?

  292. Katie B. says:

    Funny question. I’m opposed to matchy-matchy family outfits. I think it’s hard to pull off without being corny!

  293. Carly says:

    It’s great until the kid enters the rebellious, seeking their own independence phase (which for me happened around 3 or 4). My mom made me and her matching light pink dresses with giraffes printed on them when I was small, I think I actually asked her to make me one after she’d made one for herself. So, I guess as long as both parties are into it, but no forcing someone to wear something they don’t want to wear.

  294. Kate says:

    I will sometimes put my girls similar styles and colors, for special occasion outfits, but that’s as far as I go. My mom definitely let me and my sister pick out our own outfits, and I’m sure as my girls grow into stronger senses of style they’ll make their preferences known.

    My mom never tried to match with us, and I’ve never tried to match with my girls, and if I do my job, I’ll raise kids who don’t want to match with my potential future grandkids, I hope.

  295. lucy says:

    At this time, I’m not a fan of matchy outfits but wait till I have kids! Then, I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune. :)
    I did enjoy crafting some vague matchups for my wedding! For example, the ribbon I sewed around my dress bodice as a narrow sash picked up the colors in my husband’s tie.

  296. duff says:

    Maybe something like matching aprons. But dresses? and purses? yick. no way. It’s bizarre.

  297. Lindsay Forgette says:

    I dont particularly like matching outfits. I can see doing so for twins or two children similar in age so they dont fight over clothes. But then again I am young and I am sure my opinion will change when I actually have kids of my own :)

  298. Crissy says:

    My sister and I wore coordinated outfits, not necessarily matching. I don’t like seeing adults matching either adults or kids, but I think coordinated outfits are ok!

  299. KerryQ says:

    I am leary of the matching thing. I, too, was a victim. But as a Mom of 3, I can appreciate the cute factor now.

  300. Camille says:

    I really like the thought that goes in to the matching outfits, but in the end I like coordinating better than matching.

  301. erinmalia says:

    I’m not a fan of the completely matchy-matchy (no all denim family portraits please!). However, I think coordination can be lovely. But I admit to making matching ties for my guys (and a bracelet for me) for Father’s Day! See here: http://ohthehubanity.blogspot.com/2010/06/happy-fathers-day.html. But don’t worry; they still wear the ties, just not on the same day.

  302. Kristen says:

    I haven’t done any father-son matching. Not that I’m particularly opposed to it, but it just hasn’t come up yet. We do have a wedding to go to in a few months maybe I’ll come up with something for that!

  303. Mama - Made says:

    I like the matchy-matchy idea for family photos, but wouldn’t do it otherwise. And not too matchy-matchy. Similar but different so as to capture the wearers’ personalities.

  304. Rebecca says:

    Ick! No way! Yesterday my two kids and I went out and I realized we were all wearing navy blue and white. I felt like an idiot, because I wouldn’t even want people to think I tried to make our outfits coordinate. It’s so cheesy.

  305. Megan says:

    For me, success is when the matchy-matchy part is very small. Whole matching outfits don’t really do it for me.

  306. JennE says:

    My family is not in favor of matchy outfits. The only ones I ever closely matched were for pcitures for my chidlren.

  307. I like to make my girls match… only when it is something stylish though, not frilly
    I also like some outfits in different colors, things like that. I did it for my bridesmaids too when I got married, not the same dresses but ones that went together.

  308. Ellen Ban says:

    The only family matchy/matchy I’ve seen that I like is everyone wearing white shirts and jeans…

  309. Corvus says:

    Matchy-matchy outfits drive me mad. My father/step mother and their kids tend to do it for every Christmas card, and it makes my eyes cross.

    I don’t know if it’s possible to do well, but I don’t want to try. I’ve always been like rebel-boy in this picture: http://failblog.org/2010/01/27/family-photo-fail/

    Well, without the mullet and with, y’know, taste. But definitely not the matching sort.

  310. Jamie says:

    No, no, no. I thought my mind would change once I had children, but it definitely hasn’t. I love sewing clothing for my daughter but I like to celebrate her uniqueness.

  311. jennifer says:

    I like color coordination as opposed to matching. A friend of mine got her family including husband, to don red and white striped pj’s at christmas, it was awful. Totally embarrassing.

  312. Alex says:

    No, no , no, no, nooooooo! Maybe my horror stems from my Mum’s fear of matchy matchy mother/daughter outfits. I remember aged 5 seeing my mums outfit in the morning, denim shirt, black trousers and chelsea boots (it was the 90s :) ) and copying her. She didn’t notice until we reached the supermarket where I said “Mummy we look like twins”… we promptly left and she changed outfits.

    I often find though that me and my boyfriend will dress in the morning and realise that we’re wearing similar clothes/colours. It’s always a battle to determine who will change their outfit!

  313. My daughter and I have such different colouring that our wardrobes have few similar colours in them. Plus, if you’re wearing matching clothes, how do you deny that you’re with them when they do something embarrassng??

  314. suzee neal says:

    I think its cute to have matching outfits for special occasions. i have 2 boys and when they was younger i TRIED to match shorts and tshirts for them both.. it didnt work lol my youngest said.. how will you tell us apart??? lol i sew for my granddaughter now..those tiedye prints are to DYE for :)))

  315. I think it works for pictures, but not for everyday wear! If you want to do clothes your family will wear a lot they can’t be exactly the same, just similar.

  316. I don’t care for matching family outfits, but I do think coordinated kid’s accessories are cute for holidays. Char at Crap I’ve Made (http://www.crapivemade.com) always makes the cutest bow ties for her sons and coordinating skirt for her daughter. I only have one child so there’s nobody to coordiante him with right now!

  317. Kimberly says:

    I have enjoyed putting my girls in matching clothes from time to time, but I also want each girl to look and feel her best, and often that might mean coordinating but not matching.

  318. Magdalena says:

    I’m generally againt families mathing their outfits. I’m all pro for the demonstration of personality on outfits, but my sister has identical twins of five and I have to say when she dresses them combinated i just smile.

  319. Tabitha says:

    I’ve enjoyed all the posts this week. I want to make the Amelia shirt for myself! And Patty Young is one of my favorites, her patterns and fabric are beautiful. Always like to see what people are doing with her stuff!

    I really like matching family outfits. My husband, however, is not so into that. He will compromise and let me match the kids. So my boys have matching shirts, vests or sweaters and my girl has a dress that coordinates/matches for all our pictures. I try to at least use the same colors in the clothes I pick for myself and my husband…yes I pick his clothes for pictures. ;)

  320. Beth says:

    I’m actually surprisingly ok with it, but it depends on the manor in which it is done. I’m not so found of mother-daughter matching outfits, but I do like it when my girls coordinate a bit with each other. And… I do like the father son matching ties… cute especially when it’s a onesie with the appliqued tie! IMO. ;)

  321. Emily says:

    i love it! but i think rather than completely matching, it’s nice to do a coordinating theme or color. or maybe one piece that has the same print. i love it when my husband and 9 mth old son wear their matching t-shirts or wear similar colors to church on sunday!

  322. Kate says:

    I like it once in a while. I am looking forward to making a dress and a matching skirt for my daughter and me for a special occasion!

  323. Amy says:

    I match a Christmas skirt for my daughter to an applique tie on my son but other than that? Leave Mom and Dad out of that. Matching colors for a family picture or whatnot is ok but beyond that no no no!

  324. marietta says:

    Don’t much care for the matchy match thing.

  325. Shannon says:

    The only time matchy/matchy is acceptable is with pajamas. I’ve seen nice group shots where everyone wore something from a given color palette and that looks nice because it’s coordinated but not matching.

  326. Ellen says:

    I think matching kids are cute, but I don’t like the look of matching kids and parents.

  327. MissMary says:

    Not having my own family to make matching garments for leaves me without a story, but being the black sheep of a large extended family has me leaning towards the unmatched but not unbalanced end of the spectrum. In theory matching is a wonderful way to look coordinated and thoughtful, but it has the effect of a dot print or a gingham–basic, not much wow factor, etc. But who knows? Maybe one day I’ll trip my family out in the same print bow-ties, hair-bows and kerchiefs! ;-)

  328. Elizabeth says:

    When my daughter, an only child, was very small, say three to five years old, she loved matching with me; I remembered from childhood that I would have loved this too. Is anyone else old enough to remember the King Family holiday specials on TV? They were a huge extended family who, I believe, sang and danced, and I, from a small embittered family, always wished I belonged to them. So I put aside my New Yorker ways and indulged my small daughter’s tribalism.
    We’d wear tee’s in coordinating prints, or she’d have a dress and I a skirt from matching fabric, and so forth. Not whole wardrobes, but a few items every season, just enough to make it special. She LOVED it, and after a time, I did too.

  329. Stephanie says:

    I don’t like matching outfits but I think it can be done well with corresponding colors or prints. Come to think of it, I don’t mind the white shirts on the beach though, those portraits can look classy.

  330. cat says:

    I am not a matchy matchy kind of gal. I actually think it’s a bit too “precious” for my tastes. I have never dressed the girls alike, or worn matching anything with them..haha! The only time I have found it to work is when we lived in Hawaii and the Hawaiian families would have matching clothes made for the entire family for special occasions. My friend and her husband had the most beautiful shirts made for each of their boys and him, and a dress for her from a beautiful red and white Hawaiian print fabric. They had them made for a wedding and the effect was truly stunning. This is the only time I have ever seen it work, in my opinion.

  331. My mom made matching stuff for my sister and me when we were little. Probably because she’d get so much on sale and wouldn’t want it to go to waste. I’ve contemplated doing it for my two girls, but haven’t yet. Here’s why I’ve hesitated: awkwardfamilyphotos.com. ‘Nuff said!

  332. lindsey says:

    I’ve always detested matching outfits for families (seen at airports, sporting events, etc) – but since my sister has started having babies, it’s all I can think about.. how to match the babies the same, but make it more fun/modern.

  333. Linda says:

    Back in the ’60s, when I was a teenager, it was popular to make matching shirts for girlfriend/boyfriend couples. I made 2 sets for my then boyfriend, future, now-ex husband..8-) I made all the buttonholes by hand. I used to love doing that (the buttonholes). I think it’s cute up to a point for families, but making whole outfits is a bit much.

  334. Chris says:

    I have made dresses for my girls that are from the same fabric, but different patterns. They were thrilled to “match”…I liked that they were unique. I wrote about them in this post:

    http://pickupsomecreativity.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-summer-dresses.html

  335. Jo says:

    Umm, OK, I try to be a positive person in general, so I don’t like to say that I *hate* things, but…. I HATE matchy matchy outfits — ESPECIALLY if it involves adults! It’s OK if it’s kid siblings, i.e., if you have two daughters and are sewing skirts, you obviously have to make them each one…in which case it’s OK to use the same pattern with different colorways for each child.

  336. Angel Syhre says:

    I have never done the whole family, but I have made matching outfits for the girls. I usually try making them coordinating and not exactly the same.

  337. Sarah says:

    I am anti-matchy matchy. My sister-in-laws say “matchy matchy tacky tacky.” I think coordinating is fine, but exact matching of prints…not into it. I like variety and contract more though.

  338. Celeste says:

    I think staying in the same color family is actually nice–you can “match” without being “matchy.” A family at church does a great job of this–subtly matching, so they look good together.

  339. christine says:

    I don’t plan it but my daughter’s daycare teachers are always pointing out that we match. Apparently, I subconsciously make us matchy-matchy a few days a week. Now, I did make my hubbie some fishy pjs (posted in look what i made forum) and I am not working on a pair for my daughter. Mine of course will come next.

  340. Desiree says:

    I am not a huge fan of matching to a tee…. colors yes, same dress as mom & tie as dad is a little too far for me. Although I am scarred with horror from matching my sisters until I was well into high school… this could be why. :)

  341. Kate says:

    I love matchy matching. To the horror of my family. I made matching Christmas PJs for my son and niece, because I only have one kid so I have to torture random family members. I do limit it to Christmas and family vacations, though. Maybe that’s why no one wants to go on vacation with us…

  342. I hate matchy match. All but 1 set of matching outfits sucked big time as a kid. Mom would even making us matching panties. And those itched something fierce.

    The one outfit that I like was a butter-cream, yellow, corduroy, dress that mom did embroidery on. Wish she hadn’t let the ex-step-dad use mine as a rag.

  343. Sasha says:

    HATE matchy outfits. When I was a kid and we would travel as a family, my dad would sneak a peek into my suitcase to see what I packed, and then grab a matching sweater or shirt or whatever for himself and Mom so we could have one posed picture in matching tops. Years and years of Awkward Family Photos…

  344. Jennifer Stone says:

    I don’t like matchy/matchy. I think everyone should coordinate, but not all be alike. When I was about 10 my mom decided that we should all wear pink for our family picture. My brother, sister, and I all hated the outfits we ended up with so that we could match. You can definitely tell that we weren’t happy in the pictures!

  345. Jeannine says:

    I’m torn. Sometimes it’s goofy, but, that being said – if I find a cute T-shirt that comes in both little kid and adult male sized, you bet I’m getting one for my 5 year old and one for my husband!

  346. Mandy says:

    matching adults to children…I don’t mind it being similar but not exactly the same thing…You know..wearing the same color..but the same outfit but just bigger on an adult is too much for my personal taste :)

  347. Angela says:

    In the immortal words of Stacy and Clinton, things shouldn’t match, they should GO. That said, I’m a big dork and love dressing my baby daughter and I in coordinating outfits. Never thought I would be the type!

  348. susan says:

    Coordinating outfits (color, style), yes — matching outfits, no. We have a boy and and girl, maybe having same-gendered children would change my mind.

  349. Llamabean says:

    I am not a fan, however, I have seen it done well, I do think that it works the best with very young childrem (under 5) after that it can get interesting. But if you like, I say go for it, My mom loved it, although it was usually coordinating colours, me in pink with green accents, my sister in green with pink accents, my brother in a light pink shirt with a green tie, my dad in a green sweater, my mom in a pink dress, etc,. Sometimes it looked really nice (in a family photo) other times just a bit much. I do however think that when the baby matches dad or mom, that can be really cute and not as obvious. Hmmm, makes me remember the year of floral print overalls, that was bad year.

  350. Chelsie says:

    I love mother/daughter matchy. I’ve only made a few outfits, but would like to do more.

  351. QSOgirl says:

    I think matching outfits are cute, as long as you don’t do it *all* the time. I love those family portraits of everyone on a beach in white shirts and khaki bottoms. My husband and I don’t intentionally dress alike, but every once in a while when we’re out in our leather jackets, people think we did it on purpose!

  352. Karen Haynes says:

    I’m personally not a big fan on matchy-matchy outfits. I could see coordinating, but not totally matchy-matchy. My friend has twin 3 year old daughters and she dresses them in similar outfits, but one twin usually wears pinks/oranges and the other usually wears blues/purples. I think that is adorable. I just brought fabric that I can make the girls some simple pillowcase dresses in coordinating fabrics!

    By the way, love these fabrics above!!!

  353. I love the idea of it, but I think it is difficult to pull-off especially without looking…hmmm, well… obvious.

    I definitely think it would be easier to use complementary fabrics that coordinate to pull it all together. And then maybe just using them in fun details like a pocket or a cuff instead the usual tie or vest.

    Your question is making me want to try to find a way to do it while still being true to who we are as a family.

    Good question!

  354. Beth says:

    When I was a kid I remember wanting a matching outfit with my mom that I had seen in a catalog and my mom wouldn’t go for it. Now that I’m grown up, I wouldn’t want a matchy outfit with my child either. I like to sew my own clothes now, but I try to make my clothes look as professional as possible. Having a matching outfit with my kid would give it away that I made them (not always a bad thing) and I’m afraid it would look too quaint.

  355. Stephanie says:

    As the mom of two boys, I’ve never thought of matching myself to the boys. As for the boys matching and/or matching their dad, I don’t like *identical,* but I think a color theme or similar type of outfit can be nice for a picture or special occasion. We are hosting a surprise party for my mom at the end of the month, and the boys will be wearing the same style shirt but in different solid colors on top of khaki shorts, while I wear a wrap dress in a neutral print. I like to think of being cohesive rather than matching exactly – makes for good photos.

  356. Chris Worthy says:

    We did that some when my children were wee littles. At 17 and almost 12? They would die of utter humiliation. :)

  357. Laura says:

    I think matching outfits are cute! I had a few pictures taken of my son and daughter when they were younger, wearing matching outfits. Now that my daughter is 12 though, I doubt she’d go along with again!

  358. Suzanne says:

    I was definitely subjected to the matchy-matchy family outfits. They were usually sewn for family photos and resulted in many tears and fights before any photos were taken. So from the perspective of a kid, I hated it. I can imagine it being done well (the matching should be subtle and the clothing age-appropriate) but I’m skeptical.

  359. Asta says:

    Generally I hate them, although few do well like Katy Holmes-Cruz and her daughter Suri. i feel the key is not to have completely identical outfits but with similarities and avoiding themeing completely.

  360. Keri Boyette says:

    I actually like matching outfits for families, if done right. You can’t go overboard with it. I have a friend who when wearing a dress has her husband wear a matching tie. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures, but it’s cute.

  361. Carrie says:

    I love it when moms and daughters match! Although the more people you have matching the more attention it draws. :-) For dads and sons, I think it looks better when they match with the same color, not necessarily the same exact outfit. Or perhaps the dad has a tie which matches the fabric of the son’s outfit. So dads and sons look better when they don’t match completely but share a similar theme. :-)

  362. elana says:

    ah, i was always against matching. but then i got this adorable fabric to make a sundress for my daughter and i kind of feel like i HAVE to make myself a skirt in the fabric (from the skirt sew-along!).

  363. Nell says:

    Not a fan of the matchy match beyond siblings. My mother used to make similar outfits for my sister and me. I love looking at those pictures of us now…

  364. Sonya M says:

    I think something subtle like dad’s tie and baby’s diaper cover is cute, but when it goes overboard, it’s just tacky.

  365. Tammy says:

    Love the gingham!

    Hmmm, about matchy/matchy…this is funny, because my dh’s coworker and he were just talking about this! My dh’s coworker is adamantly opposed to it.

    However, I am not. :) And neither is my dh! I have a 16-month old daughter and so far I haven’t done anything matchy/matchy, though I have coordinated our clothes on occasion (based on what was in our respective closets). I would like to start the tradition of matching pajamas (for the whole family) for Christmas. We’ll see on that one! I ran out of time and money last Christmas. I would love to sew something matching for my daughter and me to wear, maybe something more casual rather than church clothes. I think it is a little corny but that won’t stop me! :D

    When I was growing up, I was the oldest of a family of 8 girls and 1 boy. The perfect opportunity for my mom to make us matching clothes! We had matching Easter dresses a few years (when I was little), matching nightgowns, and a few other things along the way. As a young girl, I always enjoyed it!

  366. BlondiKnits says:

    I laughed at your question about matching outfits for families — when my boys were little, I often dressed all three of us in matching shirts when we visited various historical sites in Virginia. That way, if we got separated, it was easy for people to see to whom the boy belonged! When we moved, I made them wear matching pink oxford cloth shirts and khaki shorts. They still remember (and complain about!) that — and they are 23 and 21 now!

  367. andrea says:

    I’m not a big fan of matchy matchy, but surprisingly, my husband unconsciously dresses our son like him quite a bit!

  368. Julie W says:

    I’m not sure about matchy matchy for the entire family, but I have made matchy matchy outfits for me and my daughter. My husband made fun of me for making them, but I thought they were cute. I made some for vacation, but we only ended up wearing one of the sets because we spent most of our vacation in swimsuits. I’m not sure I can get the guys to participate!!

  369. Hannah says:

    I’m not into matchy matchy for anything, let alone family outfits. When it’s just the kids (and they are pretty young), that can be adorable. When the parents get involved too, though, it starts to look like they should be on stage in a variety show.

  370. I think “matchy/matchy” outfits are lame. When I was growing I knew a family with five girls and the younger four always had matching dresses. I promised myself I would never do that for my kids. But then again I made a pregnancy dress when I was large with Alice and I have enough fabric left over that if I get pregnant again I would totally make one for her too.

  371. sally says:

    Hate it. I won’t judge anyone for doing it (well, maybe I’ll snicker a little ;) ), but I will never ever dress my family all matchy matchy. ever. That’s just not how we roll.

  372. Karen U says:

    My second husband absolutely detested matchy-matchy outfits. Ever since, I’ve come to not like the look, either. Maybe a young baby/child and mother matching is cute, but beyond that I think it looks corny. That said, a professional photographer told me that when my family had our reunion, that we should all wear the same colors for the picture, preferably white shirts, so that no one person stood out. I have to say, it made the picture look nicely “finished”. Thanks!

  373. Diane says:

    With triplet girls and an older daughter…when they were little – I hated matching outfits…that is what most everyone bought them and if one spit up…bingo…new outfit needed. Now that they are older (high school) my girls love to have coordinating outfits. I love finding great coordinating prints to make them skirts or tops. Most recently the girls and I made coordinating skirts with Lila Tueller fabric (bought here :-) – three of them a simple elastic waist skirt with a yoke and then I took all the fabrics to make my oldest a tiered skirt. We did not sew blouses but found some cute blouses with ruffles – different styles for the tops!

  374. Emily S says:

    I love matching siblings; the whole family matching can be tricky though…

  375. Denise says:

    I like to have my kids match sometimes and sometimes I match them too. I am new to sewing so I have not made matching outfits for the family but I did make two of the same skirts for my daughters and a friend of theirs. I don’t have any boys but I think it would be super cute if the boys ties matched their daddy’s.

  376. Christine says:

    HOnestly? I hate matchy/matchy personally but I’ve seen photos of mothers and daughters with the different clothing patterns using the same fabric and I do think those are cute. My sis and I are close in age so we had a lot of matching outfits growing up. I always hated it since I didn’t much care for her growing up. *laugh* Now she’s my best friend and while we will buy matching clothes we never wear them at the same time!

  377. Fawn says:

    I don’t have children so I don’t have personal stories regarding that. I do remember growing up and not having matching outfits at all, but rather similar color schemes (for the sole purpose of family photos once every few years). I know plenty of my friends who have families of their own that also do this (Christmas photos anyone?). I have a few friends though who are queens of mommy/daughter coordination. I think it’s pretty funny actually.

  378. Jenny says:

    i abhore matchy matchy outfits. Vera Bradely had matching outfits for mom/daughter a while ago and i thought it was miserable…*maybe* small amount, like dads tie and sons belt…*maybe*…but probably not going to happen in my family anytime soon.
    speaking matchy matchy…my MIL dressed her boys, 15 months apart in age, as twins since they looked alike and similar in size….strange i think.

  379. Sara says:

    i am decidedly against matching family outfits ever since my mother made my entire family of 5 matching western square dance outfits in tragic 70s orange. it was horrendous and i will never live the pictures down. i was probably 2 or 3 so i don’t remember it but the pics live on forever.

  380. elle says:

    I sewed matching outfits twice when family members got married. I often sewed matching things for the girls who were a year apart. But I never did the parent/child combo.

  381. Michelle Balletti says:

    I’ve seen the #1 onsie for a babies first birthday so I decided to make my own…I got a shirt from Wallyworld and sewed a 1 on the front and his name “Trey” on the back….then I made one for myself which had the roman numeral three (III) because he is Floyd III and then Mommy on the back…So how come the day of the party, Daddy goes, “Where is my shirt?” A man who hates to wear the same thing we do so I was a little taken aback but oh well, someone got left out…anywhoo, I really liked it, I think it came out really cute….Unfortunately, no pics…..but I think it’s cute, especially Dad/Son ties OMG how adorable!!

  382. Erin says:

    i think there is a very fine line with this. i’ve seen it done well and seen it done ridiculously awful. Subtle is the key word. I think having one thing be the connecting factor is enough (denim, white, a touch of blues throughout). Maybe blending is a better word than matching! :)

  383. Monique says:

    I love matching outfits, but only on small children. My husband and I do not participate. I made “matching” outfits for my three children for Easter this year, and I think the turned out great.

    http://oldfashionnewfangled.blogspot.com/2010/04/easter-and-madys-birthday.html

  384. Karen says:

    When my children where young, I used to make matching outfits for them all the time. The only problem I had was finding a fabric that would look just as good on a boy as it did on a girl.

    And one time, long ago, I made matching corduroy jumpers for me and my two daughters. I loved them on my daughters, but thought mine made me look silly. I only wore it twice.

    I bought a pattern about a year or so ago that has all sizes from toddler to adult with the idea of making matching shirts for my son and his two boys, but have not had the chance to do it yet. I know my son would love for me to sew for him, but I since I live so far from a fabric store I can’t find the right fabric to use.

  385. Tong says:

    I LOVE matchy matchy outfits for the family!! I haven’t made anything yet, we have no kids and it’s kind of hard to make something matchy for my partner and I. But when we do have kids, I’m totally making cute matching outfits for all of us!

  386. Kristine K says:

    I have never sewn matching outfits for my family. I can see the purpose if you’re going on a trip to a large amusement park, for example, and it makes it easier to find you. Or if the kids are small, and don’t have a fashion sense of their. However, I don’t think my ten year old niece would go for it!

  387. Beth says:

    I haven’t sewn any matching outfits yet, but as a mom of twins, I encounter the matching issue frequently! I think it’s fun once in a while, but too much of it is, well… too much :)

  388. Brooke says:

    I think that matching family outfits can be done well, but it is best to limit it to when the kids are young, and holidays (e.g. Christmas and Easter family outfits which make good pictures). As a child, I was frequently dressed up in matching outfits. As children, my sister and I did dislike all of the oh-they-look-so-much-alike comments though!

  389. angela says:

    I’m not a huge fan of overly matchy-matchy family outfits. it’s cute to have similar colors, but not matching exactly!

  390. Harmony says:

    Hmmm…good question. And one I’ve been thinking about lately. I am expecting my second little girl and I definitely think matching/coordinating outfits for children can be cute, but I think I draw the line at dressing like my children. (or making my husband!) My girls will be less than two years apart so I am sure there will be many opportunities for them to be dressed alike, just not all the time.

  391. Sarah says:

    Yes!
    Growing up, my dad would always say on Saturday night what he was going to wear to church the next day – and we’d all try to coordinate colors.

    We do matching outfits every year for family photos. I started out by making my first two little girls match. As the family grew, so did my list of things to make for matching picture day. :) I love it! My husband actually just wears something coordinating, and sometimes I do too. But all the kids have something from the same fabric – even my son has a matching tie or collar stand.
    And, I’m trying to branch out – using similar fabrics that coordinate rather than having everyone in the exact.same.outfit can be just as cute as totally matchy!

  392. Elizabeth says:

    I’m not all about identical outfits or perfectly matching colors. With that said, I have noticed that I do this to some extent unknowingly. I will dress my boys and myself for the day and realize we are wearing very similar things, or all have the same color running throughout.

  393. Marcia says:

    I don’t really like the matchy/matchy look for my family.
    I do like to see the same color on everyone for a family portrait- but not matching outfits.
    (it’s a little too ‘sound of music’ for me–and that’s one of my favorite movies!)

  394. JaiCi says:

    I just ADORE going matchie-matchie with my kiddos! I often do matching shirts for my boys with a matchie dress for my daughter. OR I do matching skirts for mom and daughter! I don’t care what anyone thinks of it…I love it!
    We often choose to go Aloha-print…because we used to live in Hawaii, and there everyone likes to match somewhat… It’s great, and my kids love it : ):) :)

  395. Mary Claire says:

    Hate hate hate matchy outfits. Coordinated, yes. Matchy, no. The only exception to this rule might be pajamas. =)

  396. Susan C. says:

    Typically, if my husband and I discover that we accidentally chose similar outfits, one of us changes. It’s just too conspicuous for our liking. :)

  397. Kara says:

    NO! That’s how I feel about it. I think you could coordinate (not match) young children’s outfits but let’s not bring adults into the mix, ok?

  398. I’m not a big fan of it. It just looks too staged…I love families that just get dressed in the morning and don’t think about it.

  399. Maggie says:

    One of my friends does it beautifully. She just makes sure to have her whole family in the same color palette at big events so they can get perfect family photos. It is very subtle but when they are standing together you can tell they are coordinated. I have been known to put my daughters in matching dresses and I have made us all matching Christmas PJs.

  400. Glaucia says:

    Well, I’m not specially much into matchy/matchy outfits, think each one has their own personality and preferences, and diversity makes life much more interesting, but.. there is always a “but” in life right? My daughter always wanted to choose herself her clothes since she became able physically to do that.. and that means, since she was able to open a drawer..pretty soon actually. Her outfits were very “particular” and she had a strong opinion about that. So, it was with a great joy for me, when for the first and only time, she asked me to make her a dress.. “please, mom, just exactly like yours…it’s soooooo beautiful, so feminine!” – really, I still remember the words, and the cutest face she could do! She was 6 y.o at that time, and it was a summer dress in a very light pink with delicate flowers dress on it.. Now that she is 17, and almost going out home to the University, this is one of the memories I cherish a lot :)
    Thanks for the chance of sharing this :)

  401. Monika says:

    Matching outfits are a strange thing… from ridiculoous to interesting. Depends on what you understand as matching. Everybody in the same fabric? Can be interesting, when everybody has a different dress pattern, but is like clones to me, when everybody has the same pattern (=exactly the same shirt)

    Everybody the same fabric gives you eye problems after a while I think… if it is more than the “partner look” of two kids or a couple… A dozen of people with the same coloours… *gulp* a bit like a family uniform or so.

    I had never had this situation in my family… exept everybody wearing jeans at school. I think as a kid I would not have liked it… neither now.

    A competition of how many different versions you can get from one fabric and one item (like “a skirt”) could be interesting though!

  402. Linda says:

    Love it for my grandchildren! I did matching dresses for the girls for our beach picture this summer. I ran out of time or the boys would have been in matching shorts.

  403. Mallorie says:

    I think matching kids are adorable for pictures or holiday outings. I am not so sure about everyday wear unless they are either twins or same gender but different ages. I dont see myself dressing my son to match my daughter except for special events. However if they were two little ladies then I would match them all the time! Great question!!

  404. Jennifer says:

    I think it’s cute when young children are matchy matchy together, but I firmly believe that adults just need to stay out of that!

    For the longest time my mom and her sister would by me, my sister, and my cousin (Ashley) matching outfits for our trip out to California to visit their mother. Ashley was always green or turquoise, I was always purple, and Katie (my sister) was always pink.

    I remember getting vaguely jealous of others’ colors, but also wondering where the heck they found these outfits in three different, consistent colors. Is there a store for this kind of thing?

    As a teacher, I love it when field trip groups have matching t-shirts. All the kids look so cute in their shirts and it’s easy to spot anyone that’s where they don’t belong.

  405. Linda says:

    Not so much a matchy, matchy the family person…

  406. Sarah says:

    I love to coordinate my boys outfits but not be exactly matchy matchy with it.

  407. I’m not a big fan, especially of matching head-to-toe. That said, I did buy both of my kiddos matching shirts that say “I Love Camping,” and they get a kick out wearing them at the same time. My son actually changed his mind on his Halloween costume for this year so he could match his sister.

  408. Courtney says:

    I think coordinated outfits are great especially for siblings. I like the idea of similar fabrics but different patterns. This would make it a bit less matchy-matchy.

  409. Karin says:

    Oh, wow. We took one family Christmas photo in matchig outfits- the boys in red sweatshirts and my daughter and I in blue snowman sweaters. We never did it again. lol It was just too cutesy and now it just looks dated. But, having said that, there are some families that can pull it off! Just not us. Ever.

  410. Diane says:

    I’ve gone as far as making matching pillowcase dresses for my daughters, but I think we’ll leave me and the hubs out of it for now!

  411. Mary says:

    We had a family at our church who have 7 (yes, seven) children. They would all wear the same colors on Sunday. I thought it was a good idea for them because they could find their children with a quick scan of the church during fellowship time. I’m not into it for the “cutsie” aspect, but I think at times it could be practical.

  412. Kati says:

    I think matchy matchy can be cute as long as it is not over done. I’m waiting for my little girl to get a little bigger and then make us something from the same fabric. Can’t wait!

  413. Deb says:

    i think matchy-matchy might be fine for a mom and “little” kids, but it could be a little embarrassing as kids get older and want to be their own personality. Dad’s tie matching mom’s outfit is nice.

  414. amanda says:

    I’m not into anybody matching exactly, but sometimes l like subtle coordination… like wearing similar colors/tons…. or I sew w/ vintage sheets a lot, so sometimes my girls & I will all be wearing different sheets. And while they don’t match, they do sort of coordinate, and I think that’s cute.

  415. Rachael says:

    Matchy matchy belongs to awkwardfamilyphotos.com only!

  416. Kristin says:

    Although I don’t have any matching family outfits I think little kids/babies look very cute in matching outfits.

  417. grace says:

    Fun question! I like matching outfits for little girls or little boys but beyond that – no thanks! My hubbie deplores matching outfits for anybody in any form. He rolls his eyes when our girls dress themselves alike or when I buy them the same gown or dress. I have sewn matching skirts for our girls. And sorry world, but I cannot stand family portraits with everyone dressed in the same color shirts/pants. Can you say boring?? I like to see some individuality. Oh, and I wold not dress twins alike everyday.

    Ok, loved this question!

  418. Mel says:

    I think a similar look is fine for the entire family when taking professional photos, but not forevery day wear! :). I suppose, too, that the children can wear clothes from the same collection for a holiday or special event. (Gymboree and Children’s Place do this well).
    I’ve never sewed anything for us all to match – that’s taking it too far! :-)

  419. Pia says:

    I’m rather matchy-matchy averse. But, I am more receptive to it when it’s less obvious…if only elements match. Like a funky pocket on big sis’s shirt that matches little sis’s skirt.

    I love those Island Batiks and cozy Ginghams!

  420. Caroline says:

    I had an aunt when I was younger that sewed her grandchildren (a total of 12 children when she passed away) matching outfits for EVERY major holiday: Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, etc. When they were little, it was REALLY adorable. I think there’s a point, though, where the individualism of the children take over. I think the matchy-matchiness of the outfits can be toned down with varying styles and as long as the fabric isn’t a blaring print, it looks really nice. And who doesn’t love the family pictures of people on the beach, matching white button downs and jeans or khakis?

  421. Michele says:

    I have been known to get a little matchy matchy for family photos. ;)

  422. Amy says:

    I’ve done matching outfits for my kids, but in general not a big fan of whole family matching. With little kids it’s cute. I’ve make bow ties for my boys to match my daughter’s dress for a special occasion, and would do so again, but that’s the extent of matchy-match for us.

  423. Marilyn says:

    Pretty soft colors!

  424. Lindsey F. says:

    Not such a fan of matchy/match outfits; but, having been married for 39 years, I can’t tell you the number of times I have gotten dressed only to find that my husband has chosen the exact same color combination for his outfit!

  425. kelly jo says:

    I have plans to make the Saturday Market Skirt from Sandi Henderson for my daughter and I, in matching fabrics!! We dressed matchy-matchy once and it was super cute! I wouldn’t do it everyday, but it’s cute sometimes! My husband and I have 2 of the same t-shirts, and we’ve done it too! I’m just glad I don’t have twins, or I know I’d be sewing matchy outfits, although I think I would do same outfit, but not the same fabric a lot of the time!

  426. Patricia says:

    Matching outfits are just not for me! I have two sisters who are twins and only 13 months younger than me. When we were children, my mother always tried to dress all three of us the same. We all hated it and craved our own individuality and expression. I love not looking like anyone else and for me, that’s the best part of making something yourself.

  427. Kate says:

    I think kids matching can be cute. Whole family? I’m not convinced.

  428. Sara says:

    First of all, thank you so much for these new beautiful options in the shop! I love solids and textures with a dash of prints. These kind of staples are a staple in my sewing. Matching outfits, eh? I have always not been in favor of the traditional mother/daughter outfit. However, I do think a tasteful alternative like tie/diaper cover could be really cute when done with a modern fabric and minimal design. I would love to see others’ pictures.

  429. claireel says:

    I really dislike matchy matchy outfits. Pictures are more fun when there are multiple styles and colors that coordinate well.

  430. naomi medrano says:

    Love it–but has to be done with super cute, non-tacky fabric. I like the look of matching fabric, but in different styles. I’m a sucker for the drapes-turned-playclothes scene from the Sound of Music. My mom totally used to do the matching outfit thing with my sister and I. There is a photo of all three of us in matching dresses…I think I was about 6. I wish I still had those dresses!

  431. Kim says:

    I love to see s family in matching clothes there is nothing cuter than a color cooriented family. I think you do reach an age when it is too much but siblings in matching outfits is always cute

  432. Michelle says:

    My mother used to sew matching outfits for me and my sister when we were little and whenever we went on vacation, it was required that we matched. She said it was always easier to find us in a crowd that way…

  433. Elise says:

    At a certain age for the child and adult matchy matchy outfits are fine. I made my daughter and I matching outfits (one time) when she was about 2. That was 20 years ago! It was a Laura Ashley pattern for a jumpsuit.

    My boys always give me a hard time because I still like to have all of our outfits coordinated for the holidays (Christmas and Easter)

  434. Renee E. says:

    It is nice to have a coordinating outfit. I think it makes children feel special and connected. I think they make great pictures too!

  435. Lina says:

    While I certainly wouldn’t take it upon myself to forcibly stop anyone from wearing matching outfits, it’s not something I would ever subject my family to. This could be because until I was 10 and my hair finally got long enough to differentiate me as a girl my brothers and I looked exactly alike. I would have hated it if my mom had taken it upon herself to dress us alike too!

  436. terri says:

    I’m voting: hate it. It’s all just a little too much. With that said, when I was in grade 7 or grade 8 my very best friend and I had this pair of stockings that we thought were just amazing: they were white and one leg was printed with the words yes/oui and the other leg with the words no/non. One day in a fit of coolness we decided to go downtown dressed alike in the stockings, denim skirts and some kind of sweatshirt.

    All I know is we thought we were pretty cool

  437. Debbie Berg says:

    One Christmas I made my girls matching red & black woolen jumpers with big shiny black buttons on the shoulders. I thought I had bought 4 yards of material but when I got home I found out I had almost 10 yds!!! Yikes….what was I to do with all of that? So I made myself a skirt and hubby a vest. As we stood posing for Christmas pics for my in-laws, my hubby mouthed to me that this was the last time we would all match. And it was!

  438. jennsquared says:

    I’m not a fan personally. I think because every time I’ve seen it, the print is not fitting for either age, and gives a weird feeling since the print doesn’t suit the family.

  439. Amy says:

    Matchy matchy can be a bit EEK in any situation. It harkens back to the dark days of forced Olan Mills portraits. I’ve made coordinating skirts for me and my girls with my main fabric the same as their secondary fabric. That’s as far as I could take it.

  440. Tanya Littley says:

    I think that it may be impossible to do without being totally corny. On the other hand, little girls wearing matching this is soooo cute :)

  441. Valerie says:

    I like it when the same material is used in different ways for each family members. Sometimes I as the mom just have a matching fabric flower, but it makes for some great pictures!

  442. Jessica says:

    Hmmm. Matchy/matchy kids can be a lot of fun. I personally don’t care for the matchy/matchy parent-kid thing, but maybe that’s because I haven’t felt like it would work out well. (Unless it’s the ‘same color T shirt’ for family pics.) Ack! Boring I know! :)

  443. Patti says:

    I don’t care for traditional “matchy,” but a little coordinating isn’t bad. For instance, a fabric used in a little girl’s dress might be cute as a purse for Mom. Or a color in Dad’s shirt might be cute as an applique on a child’s tshirt. But listen… as you get older, say 50, you and your spouse start dressing in similar colors without the other saying what he’s wearing. It’s totally freaky. Watch out for that!

  444. Angelia R. says:

    I still have pictures of the matching jumpsuits my mom made for Her, my aunt, my cousin and myself when I was 9 and living in Texas. I remember wearing them to go to a border town in Mexico~

    They were horrible. LOL

    BUT~ I do make my kids matching pajama pants~ A pair each that match Daddy, and each get matching with one of the grandparents~
    I even sometimes Throw in a matching pair with my brother in law with both of the kids~ =) I figure, they cant have enough flannel pants~!~

    Angelia~

  445. I distinctly remember begging my mom to wear our mother/daughter dresses. They were purple and red paisley…from the 70′s! Ack! While today I’m not a huge fan of matchy/matchy outfits; my own LittleGirl is one. She’d love it if we dressed alike every day. I made mother/daughter summer gowns for us during your MakeItWearIt! Challenge. You can see pictures in the photo pool or on my blog. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :)

  446. Shanea says:

    I don’t like the entire family matching…it looks too mush like a stage show. I do like the little ones to match but have different styles and the parents to coordinate. But the same pattern on all, nope!

  447. If it’s too matchy/matchy it can be just too much for me, particularly if a large print is used. I do like family pictures that show families dressed in coordinating colors (white/denim).

  448. Elle says:

    Ooohhh ginham… I’ve been wondering the mitchy matchy thing myself now that I have a daughter. My two boys sometimes like to match (then they look like twins) but I don’t think I would go further than a headband on me to match my daughter’s clothes. 4th of July the three of them wore sort of matching shorts- same colorline different print. Very cute. (I may be biased though)

  449. Noel says:

    Hmmm…. Matchy Matchy. Good Question. I won’t say I hate it, but I definitely don’t love it. I have never seen it done well. The only reason I would EVER consider doing it myself is if I am worried I might lose a family member like at Disneyland or any very crowded event. On the other hand matching accessories (Dad’s tie, baby’s diaper cover) doesn’t sound so bad. I have considered matching my family before, but there is something stopping from doing it. Probably social pressure. Thanks for the fun question.

  450. Jill says:

    I like little kids in matching outfits, you know, sisters in cute little dresses or something like that. But other than kids, I think it’s weird. Thanks for the giveaway chance! I’m in love with the shot cottons and would die for a free yard!

  451. Sarah says:

    I’ve never seen it done successfully. I’m sure conceptually it’s possible, but it always seems to lose something in the application.

  452. Alice S says:

    I’ve never matched my entire family. Sometimes (such as Easter) I’ve had coordinating outfits for my son and daughter. My daughter and I have had 1 or 2 matching skirts too. Personally, matching outfits for the entire family doesn’t appeal to me.

  453. beck says:

    I’m not really into matching outfits..but I kind of like the idea of something all seven of us could wear! How funny would we look in matching jumpsuits for instance? Eye catching. The closest we have come to matching gear is one day when we all accidentally wore red. That was special xo

  454. ana says:

    Personally, I can’t stand mothers and daughters matching outfits, or any of that kind of stuff. So naff and tacky.

  455. Anna says:

    When I was in the States, I never did exactly matching outfits, although I think coordinating outfits are cute. (I also didn’t sew at the time.) Here in the Congo, matching outfits is a big thing. My husband and I have one, and I have a few things that my daughter and I have that match. (Some I made, and some I paid to have made.) I am having outfits made for the whole family. I think I would feel weird wearing them in the States b/c they’re very African looking.

  456. Kaja says:

    Oh! I made a mother-daugher match set of coats for us when my daughter was one year old. Perhaps I should have chosen a more discrete fabric, but it was actually impossible to wear our coats at the same time. They always created a riot of people asking where I bought them. And lovely as it is with praise, if you have some errands to tend to on a limited amount of time… well. Say no more…

    Pictures here: http://kajadesign.blogspot.com/2007/11/sommarens-kreationer.html (text in Swedish though, one of my oldest blogposts)

  457. Sarah says:

    Oh I love matching outfits between mums and daughters or dads and sons! I think a lot of the patterns out there at the moment for tops for women are versatile in their shape and can be made for little ones.

  458. Valerie Houghton says:

    OMG ! i think `matching people ` are hilarious.
    We had friends that had a sheepdog called Bob and we christened their house Bobland , because they had `Bob` cushions, `Bob` paintings , even a Bob rug ! Oh and matching Bob t shirts !
    I also laugh at older couples who wear matching fleece coats with cats/dogs/horses/wolves on them, speaking of which a friens asked me to put a new zip in a fleece jacket for their elderly relative and i was agahst when it was a WOLF fleece jacket !!

  459. Jodie says:

    No No No to parent and child but Yes to siblings/friends. So cute.

  460. Jo says:

    In general I really don’t like it, too cutesy and twee, with the exceptions of weddings I think. That said, it didn’t stop me doing it once!!! When i was breastfeeding my daughter I got fed up of wearing separates and not being able to wear nice summer dresses. So I designed one and had someone make it for me (wasn’t into sewing back then!). With the leftover fabric they made a dress for my daughter. It was hilarious when we wore them together and I was feeding her, all you could see of this baby was her head!!! I think I even have a picture somewhere! If you want to see!

  461. The trick with matchy-matchy is to be subtle, I think, and to remember who you’re designing for individually. There have been, for instance, Project Runway challenges where matchy-matchy either goes horribly wrong or turns out really interesting and fun. Mother-daughter dresses can look awesome if low-key accents and design elements echo each other, but they can also be disasters that make the child look too adult or the adult look childish. Even if the outfits “match,” they should be styled appropriately for the individual.

    I personally only like the idea of “matching” if it’s absolutely necessary–like a wedding or formal event where you’d want to coordinate with your family. I do think the idea of matching vests and skirts is really cute when the kids are little.

  462. Catherine says:

    I have three little girls and the grandmothers are just itching to put them in matching outfits, but they’re all so different I just can’t imagine clothing them the same. It is cute to see “theme” families some times… there is such a beautiful unity about it!

  463. Melissa says:

    I like the idea of similar styles or colours or prints, but I don’t think I would do an exact matchy-matchy with the same fabric or pattern.

  464. Xylia Brown says:

    Sorry, I think it’s just far too cutesy. Cringeworthy. Creepy. Kinda sorta matchy matchy is okay, but whole outfits…just no.

  465. deborah says:

    I don’t think I could handle assembling, let alone wearing, super matchy-matchy outfits. That said, I think there is a way to create an assembly of garments unique enough but with some common or complementary elements. Understated matchy-matchy with some quirkiness, count me in.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  466. Helen says:

    I’m not really a fan of matching outfits… There’s just something a bit sickly sweet about it! But I think the worst thing is matching childrens outfits – I quite often ended up in a different colour version of what my sister was wearing including a horrendous peach tracksuit!

  467. Claudia says:

    ooooh I hate those matchy outfits! I find it especially embarrassing if elderly hubby and wife dress alike in “sportive” outdoor clothes.

  468. Rebecca says:

    Matchy/matchy outfits are only cute on little kids. On any one else, it’s just scary.

  469. Jacqui says:

    Hate it, awful, tragic, embarrassing and just…No. No. No. No. I’ve never done it myself, or had it done to me, just observed it on other poor people so I don’t have any amusing stories sadly. Well not unless you count snickering at husband and wife tourists wearing matching jackets, baseball caps and shoes that is.

  470. Emily V says:

    Haha, what a funny question! I think coordination is nice, but not exact matches. And that’s really for things like pictures. Though I do actually understand wearing the same bright shirts or something for a day at an amusement park, for example, just because then it’s easier to keep track of everyone and others can tell where wandering kids belong. Or a family reunion? But no, I’ve never made matching clothes or anything. :) Rumor has it my mom wants a big family picture in matching Hawaiian shirts though, so I might be able to share a picture in a few months!

  471. Tina L. says:

    I have dressed my daughters in matching dresses. My sisters and I also wore matching dresses my mother made for us.

  472. Amber says:

    I have seen it done successfully, though I’m not sure I could pull it off so well. It’s really cute to see small kids with outfits or articles of clothes that either match or are complimentary patterns/colors. My son is 4 and my daughter is 2 1/2, I’ve considered making pants for my son and a dress for my daughter with matching cuffs or embellishments. And my kids will always try to match their father when we go out (maybe I’m not fashionable enough to want to copy?!), my son has both a fedora and a newsboy cap that are daddy replicas. SO cute!

  473. Jennifer says:

    I think it depends on the age of the kids. If they are to old, they don’t like it then it’s not really fun or cute. If they are young, usually they like it and it works. I like the family pictures where they all look similar but aren’t the exact same thing and each person has their personality worn.

    My best friends and I use to dress in the same clothes. I think it looks dorkey now looking back, but it was really fun then. I guess it depends on how the family or participants feel.

  474. Linda Fecht says:

    Tried years ago to make the girls something to match but wasn’t too successful.

  475. Teresa says:

    I’m against matchy-matchy outfits. I just don’t get it. First I was going to say that it was okay in some situations, but then I couldn’t think of a single situation that would work. *shrug* Oh well. I vote No.

  476. Linda says:

    I am firmly in the no matching under any circumstances camp. Childhood trauma, don’t ask…lol

  477. Adrienne says:

    Noooooo! Matchy matchy is not even a consideration in our family. It’s really important for my son to have his own voice and identity, usually he pick out his own outfits – within reason of course!

  478. Beth T says:

    When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to send matching dresses to my mom and me. They were “three arm-hole dresses”–does anyone remember those? I used to make them for my Barbie dolls, since they were simple to create from a block of fabric and always fit. But I’m digressing from the subject: matching dresses. Thinking back, I loved those matching dresses. If I had a daughter would I wear one today? Maybe, to make her happy, in a casual setting. But I would never outfit our entire family in matching clothes for a photo or holiday. To me, that falls in the category of “cutesy”, which definitely is not the same as cute.

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