Friday, December 30, 2011

Poodle Sweater

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?

10 comments:

  1. What a cardigan, what skirt, what shoes, gloves, hair... everything... you look wonderful...!!!

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  2. Wow! I'd love a poodle cardi! Lucky you! x

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  3. How cute! And I love it with your telephone skirt. :)

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  4. I adore this post :) What a wonder thing to have :)

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  5. Ohh!! it must be great to find things like this! by the way, you look completly lovely and pretty, I love the complete outfit and your victory rolls also......I would like to do my hair like that but I can't :(

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  6. Oh how cool! Not a vintage garment, but once I bought a vintage cook-book and found some clippings tucked inside from the Daily Mail about how to make rations go further...I got a wartime food non-fiction book from the library that week, and the exact same articles were featured as prime examples!

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  7. I'm still completely & utterly in love with that skirt you made! That sweater is a great find too! They look lovely together!

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  8. That's such a neat connection!!! I've made just a couple of style match-ups, and it's such a thrill. And you look marvelous, I just love the pop of the bright turquoise gloves!

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  9. FAB cardigan. Yes I have matched a dress up to the sears cateloge, and, as you say it is a monster thrill. I only wish it would be still possible to order up a few more since it fits me so well.

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  10. Charlotte I just had a similar experience with Sears - locating the source of a garment in a photo from 1949 I am trying to copy. That is excitin as it tells us so much about the owner and how she shopped and felt that we felt was true. :)

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