This is the find that I nearly overlooked. Flipping through the rack at the antique mall, at first I thought this was just a modern sweatshirt. But something about the feel of it made me stop and take a closer look. I’m glad I did because this is a hard-to-find vintage sports cardigan. My guess is that it is from the late 1940s or early 50s.
It’s made from cotton knit fleece, like sweatshirt fabric, a fabric that I’ve seen in catalogs dating back to at least the 1910s. The seams are overlocked, and the label is printed onto cotton tape.
Styleknit: Made to Fit
The buttons are a hard, clear plastic that has yellowed slightly.
See the thread loop to the left of the buttonhole? Does anyone have an idea as to its purpose? There is also a loop on the inside.
I’m always so happy to find older active sportswear. It is relatively scarce because this is just not the type of thing that people tended to save. That is, unless you are like me. I saved relatively few clothing items from my youth and young adulthood, but among them is my favorite heathery purple sweatshirt.