I'll catch up with my Christmas Day outfit tomorrow, in the meantime here's what I wore yesterday...
One of the greatest thrills that comes in collecting vintage clothing is to match a garment with its origins, whether that's finding the vintage pattern a dress was sewn from, or a photograph taken of its original owner, or an old catalogue featuring the item.
So when I was browsing etsy and came across this cardigan I was immediately excited. I'd just been browsing the sears catalogues from ancestry.com in my research for a vintage knitwear post and I knew I'd seen something similar. I went back through them and found it in the fall 1954 catalogue.
As it turns out mine didn't actually come from Sears, as it has a DuBarry label and is 100% virgin wool, not Orlon, but it's in the same loopy "poodle cloth" knit, and the design is identical, down to the 3/4 length dolman sleeves with "fashionable" turn-back cuffs and three-button closure. I guess designer knock-offs aren't exactly a recent invention!
1950s wool cardigan, etsy; Blue sweater, Primark via charity shop; Gloves, can't remember; Glass bead necklace, can't remember; Wool circle skirt, made by me; Shoes, Marks & Spencer; Clip-on earrings, can't remember (car boot sale?); Bracelet, Primark.
Have you ever matched a vintage garment with its origin?