The Most Unusual Christmas Sweater Ever Requested - Hint, It's for a Moose
Custom Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Customizing Christmas sweaters and accessories is a funny business. Really funny. I've gotten some interesting inquiries over the years, like a man who emailed me once asking: "Do you have the HoHoHo boxers in a 6XL?" Um. No. Can we make some? Maybe.
Moose Christmas Sweater
Just the other day we got what may be the most unusual request ever for a customized Christmas sweater from someone. Here's the entirety of the email:
OMG. Really? I have so many questions. First, I wondererd if was for a real moose. And I wondered how she knows the moose is an 8XL. If it's a fake moose, do the legs screw off? Otherwise it would have to be customized with velcro sides to get the legs through the arm holes. But seriously, is there any other way possible to get a moose's legs through the arm holes?
So I assumed the moose needs a cardigan. Assuming it's a male with antlers, this sweater couldn't possibly get over its head. Even a female with NO antlers would need a cardigan.
I was sure a a vest would meet this moose's needs better than a sweater with arms. I cant imagine the moose's arms fitting into an 8xl sweater. Besides the logistics, a moose's triceps must be huge.
So I was thinking a vest with button or zipper closure is best. But I had to know the girth of the moose. I have a mens 8XL vest that will fit a man with a 76" chest. But I'm going out on a limb and guessing that a moose is larger. By a lot.
I'd love to customize something for her moose. I could decorate a zippered vest with long flowing fringe and dangling ornaments and jingle bells. It would be fabulous!
The customer and I have been swapping phone calls, so stay tuned. I'm confident that there are no actual moose Christmas sweaters on the market, and would love to work on this project.
UPDATE: I found out more about the customer's moose! It's actually PART of a animatronic moose from the 80s that she wants to resurrect. The original moose was sitting upright (like a human) and rotated his head back and forth.
The moose head is still in existence….the body is sadly missing. So her idea is to stuff an 8XL mens Christmas sweater....add custom moose-sized mittens....and Voila! A holiday moose. Mr. Moose will need a support built to hold up the body and head at the rear...and then big gift boxes at the bottom and front to hide below the sweater. What a fun idea!
I'm finding inspiration from these Lenox moose Christmas ornaments. Moose wearing Christmas sweaters - adorable! I love the lights! I'm hoping the customer wants me to incorporate some colorful Christmas lights into her moose's vest.
Other Custom Christmas Sweaters:
2 Person Christmas Sweaters
About five years ago, a popular television show inquired about getting a 4-headed Christmas sweater. It was very doable! In case you're wondering, a 2 person Christmas sweater is available off-the-shelf nowadays in a few varieties. No customizing necessary.
To create a 4-person sweater you'd need to attached two of these 2-person sweaters together....eliminate adjoining arms on the joined side...and you'll have a 4-person sweater.
Customizing a women's sweater for a mans body
Back when I started selling Christmas sweaters in 2008, there were NO mens-sized Christmas sweaters at all. Imagine that? Very few brand new women's Christmas sweaters were being sold in stores, and men's sizes just did not exist. The only Christmas sweaters available were up-cycled (used) holiday sweaters from the 80s and 90s, and they were all women's sizes.
So at that time I received zillions of requests for customized men's Christmas sweaters. I'd add several inches of dangling fringe to the hem of the women's sweaters making them long enough for a mans body. And that also made them uglier - and contenders for a prize in and Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.
Looking for ideas? Check out the Holy Grail of Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Scroll through pages of examples like this contest winning custom sweater. And for infor on how to make some amazing crafty sweaters yourself, read about our Best DIY Christmas sweaters of all time (and how to make them).
Custom Sweaters with Faces on the Sweater
The MyUglyChristmasSweater.com website became well known for it's customized Christmas sweaters with politicians faces. We made a set of custom Trump and Melania holiday sweaters for an ugly Christmas sweater fashion show on Fox news in 2016.
Trump inspired holiday sweaters are still in high demand. Check out more Trump Ugly Christmas sweaters and apparel.