What Would Emma Pillsbury Craft?
Most gleeks out there will tell you that, along with the singing, dancing and general fabulous exuberance of Glee, the fashion is beyond cool. From Kurt's elegant, sophisticated wardrobe to Tina's Victorian Goth glamour to Rachel's self-styled "sexy-schoolgirl-librarian-chic", each character has a distinctive look that the fandom has come to love. The character whose wardrobe has made the most stir, however, is retro-dressing guidance counsellor Emma Pillsbury. Her look is immaculately put together and ladylike, but also youthful, flirty, colourful and fun. Entire websites have sprung up in admiration of her style (the popular What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear? is my personal pick).
It doesn't have to break the bank to create your own Emma-inspired wardrobe--it just takes a little craftiness. Toronto Public Library has a variety of materials that can send you on your way to a whole new Emma-licious look!
If you're handy with a sewing machine, take a look at Sew Cool Sew Simple:
Stylish Skirts. With clear instructions and lots of pictures, this book promises that "if you can dream it, you can make it...best of all, you'll never--ever--suffer from skirt envy again". Another Emma-friendly sewing book to check out is Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make With Fabulous Fabrics.
If you're a knitter by choice, the new Rowan's Greatest Knits: 30 Years of Knitted Patterns from Rowan Yarns is worth a look. Designers such as Kaffe Fassett, Sasha Kagan, Kim Hargreaves and Jean Moss showcase some of their most luscious, feminine designs. And just for fun, some of the hats in 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats to Knit would make lovely accessories.
Speaking of accessories, where would Emma be without hers? I think Emma
would like Chic Bags: 22 Handbags, Purses, Totes, and Accessories to Make--I could see her sporting almost any selection in this book! Making Vintage Jewellery: 25 Original Designs, From Earrings to Corsages might also pique her interest, as would Vintage-Style Beaded Jewellery--35 Beautiful Projects Using New and Old Materials.
Emma's look is all about beauty, detail and individuality. Exquisite Embellishments For Your Clothes will help you see what you already own with a fresh eye, and offers lots of small tweaks that can give you a new look with very little effort. Felt it! Stitch it! Fabulous! Creative Wearables from Flea Market Finds celebrates earth-friendly retro style that would certainly win Emma's approval. Finally, the Toronto-based Worn Fashion Journal regularly features vintage, retro or otherwise Emma-friendly looks. Check out their web site in between issues!