Sometimes you just have to break the rules. In the case of this teddy, I broke two of my self-imposed buying rules:
1. Buy online only from sellers I know.
2. Do not buy lingerie.
I really do not buy a lot online because I greatly prefer the experience of vintage shopping in the real world. I like being able to examine and learn. I like talking to dealers. And most of all I like using my skills to assess whether or not a piece is worth the price and is worthy of a place in my collection. I also don’t buy online from people I don’t know. I’ll not go into details, but not all vintage sellers are created equal.
I also have put an end to buying any lingerie. It just does not, for the most part, add anything to what I’m trying to develop as a collection. But never say never.
I was doing a rare ebay search for “sports” in the women’s vintage clothing section when this teddy came up. At first I was sure it was from the late 1970s with those high-cut legs, but I clicked on it just to satisfy my curiosity. The close-up photos showed an authentic-looking print showing sportswomen (and a few men as well) dressed in mid 1930s sports clothes. But prints can be deceiving.
The bra section was interesting, with a little gusset inserted for fullness. I also noticed the edging. It was looking promising.
The back was fitted by way of a bit of elastic, which looked vintage.
But what sold me on this piece was actually the crotch, or more exactly, the buttons in the crotch. I was convinced this piece was actually from the 1930s.
And when it arrived, my thoughts were confirmed. It’s not usual to see a rayon novelty print on underwear of that period, but one of the great things about collecting clothing is there is always something to be discovered, something one had no idea even existed.