Thursday, December 10, 2009

Silly Superficial Question


Can a girl wear a gown both for Christmas AND for her First Holy Communion? Is that too cheesy? Am I the only mother who thinks of having her daughter wear a special dress for more than one occasion?

Oh, and it would make a lovely Easter dress too. :)

What say you?

And no, it's not the gorgeous gown pictured, though that's available here....if you can afford it.

23 comments:

Melanie B said...

Kristen,

I think it would be perfectly beautiful for her to wear it more than once.

Butterfly Momma said...

I don't see why she couldn't wear it more than once. And also, just for the record, I have no doubt at all that you could sew something as exquisite as the dress you linked to. You are very talented!

Mrs. 2nd Lieutenant said...

i definitely think it could be more than once...

although, i will say that having your first communion gown be JUST for your first communion (like a wedding dress) is very special. in addition, it can be passed along to a sister or cousin but.. there is just something about having an extra special dress just for Jesus :)

maybe i'm just a sentimentalist :)

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I can't imagine why she couldn't wear it again. If you don't want it to look just the same in the pictures, could you embellish it a bit, perhaps with a colored sash or some ribbon around the hem and neckline?

Literature Goddess said...

I agree with Emily--a beautiful red sash for Christmas, an ivory one for First Communion...Let her enjoy such a treasure! I also agree with Butterfly Momma--no doubt you could create a beautiful dress she will always remember...

Elizabeth Foss said...

Mary Beth wore hers for her First Communion first and then for Christmas the following winter. Then, Katie wore it for her First Communion. I love their dress and hope that their little sisters will wear it, too.

Anonymous said...

You are not alone! Our girl's First Communion dresses have doubled as flower girl dresses. You are thinking pratically :)

Beth said...

They can wear it more than once! And Kristen, you could totally make that :)

jordin said...

Absolutely they can!!! I think it is our consumeristic society that says otherwise. Besides, most little girls WANT to wear their beautiful dresses over and over again.

sarah said...

I believe so. My daughter's baptism dress provided her with great wear for more than a year - I took off the sleeves, and later shortened the skirt, and when she was finally finished with it, I made it into a quilt!

Having said that, she wore it to her baptism FIRST. I wouldn't like her to do something so very special in a dress that had already been worn.

Anonymous said...

The dress can definitely be worn more than once; but I think it should be new for First Holy Communion since that is such a sacred and significant event. Wearing her FHC dress later will bring back happy memories of a very special day!

Cheryl M. said...

A beautiful dress should be worn more than once...so I think it's perfectly okay to do so. Kristen, I enlarged the pic you posted and you certainly can make this for much less than you can purchase it. It's a beautiful gown!

Ouiz said...

My oldest daughter wishes she had a First Communion outfit that she could have worn again. She can't understand why she could only wear it once (it is most definitely a FHC gown, and would look totally out of place in any other circumstance).

But if you could make something like this picture here (and I agree with everyone else -- you could do this!!!), your daughter could easily wear it more than once. And she'd probably be really happy about that, too!

Jeannine said...

What a gorgeous dress, and I am positive it could be the inspiration for your own creation! I agree with Cheryl...it can be her First Communion dress, and then how wonderful to wear her First Communion dress for Christmas, Easter, and weddings for as long as it fits!

Anonymous said...

I also think the dress should be new for First Communion. I think having a new, never-before-worn dress for that day highlights the specialness of that day and how much it's different from other days/what's gone before. To me, wearing an already worn Sunday dress/special occassion dress makes it seem too ordinary, like just any Sunday, or just a chance to get some more wear out of something already purchased for something else. Wearing it for something else afterwards might not be so big a deal, but I think it should be new for First Communion. That's my two cents. ;-)

Ellie said...

I think wearing it again for very special occasions such as Christmas and Easter, as well as passing it on to a younger sister, and/or saving for a daughter is a wonderful idea, like wearing your grandmother's wedding gown. I think it is a blessing to have a lovely gown, which represents so much, that can be shared and worn again. And I like the ideas others' have suggested, of embellishments and little alterations for differing occasions/wearers.

Blair said...

Of course! Especially if you paired it w/ a nice red cardigan for Christmas :-)

Cheryl M. said...

Coming back for another comment...when my Sweetpea made her FHC, I made her a white dotted Swiss dress with a white slip underneath. I wanted her to wear the dress a bit more so I made a second slip out of a pale mint green batiste - the green slip and a mint green ribbon in her hair gave the dress a whole new look.

Katheirne said...

I made my eldest daughter's first communion dress. It was the traditional all white. When she wore it again I added a pale blue sash and some pastel colored fabric flowers. I (and maybe I need a couselor) do think all white dresses are kind of cheesy except for weddings, baptisms, first communions, quinceaneras or May crownings. It just seems a bit too "look at me" for regular Sunday wear. If I hadn't altered the dress for additional wear, I probably would have packed it away for another sister to wear on her first communion, just like I did with the baptismal gowns.

Emily G. said...

Definitely wear it again! In fact, it is traditional for little girls who've made their First Communion that year to wear their dress for the May Crowing procession, and also on Christmas Eve if they are in the procession that brings the Infant Jesus statue up to the creche. As for Easter next year, if it still fits, why not?

Mary said...

What they said...Yes, yes and yes!

Carmen said...

I wore my first communion dress again as a flower girl in a wedding and then my sister wore it two years later when she made her first Holy communion. Maybe my Tess will wear it too!

Lacy @ Catholic Icing said...

I know this post is old now, but I just wanted to say that I love getting as much use out of any dress as possible! In fact, the flower girl at my wedding wore my first communion dress. So you just hang onto it :-)