I have taken the next step to complete Gleek-iness. Just this fall, I scoffed at those who obsessed about the show. I could not understand why they'd want to listen to a bunch of teenagers sing these classic songs, rather than the artists themselves. But I am capable of admitting I was wrong. Which I was. So wrong...
Glee has grasped my by the shoulders and pulled me in. I cry, laugh, and awww in every episode. I spend more of my time than I care to admit on this website, "WWEPW" and along with my dear friend, have designated Thursday as dress like "Emma Pillsbury day".
Needless to say, I was beyond impressed with the Christmas episode costuming. I added more than one item to my wish list after viewing the clips. But the one item I could not get out of my head was this:
No luck. So I did the next best thing.
I made it.
It was long, burgundy, but slightly cuter. It's form-fitting and a thinner knit so I'm not drowning in it. It's got sparkles on the buttons. (Umm, yay!) And the cute ruffles on the pockets add both personality now and when I remove the trim for later.
For the decorations, I used white fleece I had lying around. I wanted something that wouldn't fray. I decided to skip the green underneath for fear that THAT was the deciding factor between quirky-cute holiday garb and get your "mom-jeans" I'm wearing a Christmas sweater territory.
The stripes on the sleeve were simple to sew on. I used a black embroidery thread and long stitches. I think the visible sewing gives it a collegiate feel.
I spent HOURS longer than I should have cutting out snowflakes and I'm STILL not super pleased. Snowflakes are so simple even kindergartners can do them, add polar fleece and it just explodes. Goodness. But I finally got an acceptable one and stitched it down. Then to add a little bit of continuity, I added one on the opposite hip pocket.
It was a simple project and so much cheaper and easier than searching for the official version. I think it's way more flattering than the original would have been as well. And once the season is over, I can easily rip out the stitches and add the cardigan to my embarrassing large collection.
As a side note, the Glee episode was adorable!
Glee: A Very Glee Christmas