I have a few end-of-summer sewing projects that still need photographed before I can show them to you. Meanwhile, here's a fun early-autumn themed casual 1940s sweater outfit that I put together thanks to finding this adorable sweater at a thrift store a while ago. I had to wait until the weather cooled down before I could wear it, but right now is perfect short sleeved sweater weather.
I don't think it's actually vintage, but certainly works and could be a reproduction if it isn't. A nice cherry red cotton yarn, with an all-over lace knit pattern that has a solid yoke where the cutest little scotties line up in a row all the way around, sleeves and all!
The scotties are even done in black chenille yarn so they are raised a bit and a little fuzzier than the rest of the sweater. They have black bead eyes, and there is only one not in black, sporting a little plaid bow tie. The whole thing reminded me instantly of novelty sweaters from the 1930s-1950s, and I had to bring it home.
Of course, the fact that it was only 99 cents didn't hurt. :-)
It's a relaxed fit so it can be worn as a looser sweater style, or belted as I did here. You will see both options throughout the 3 decades I mentioned earlier.
It kinda looks like it could be a holiday sweater, and paired with a green skirt it would be perfect for Christmas, but since it's not specifically a holiday garment, I decided to make it fall-ish, and paired it with an autumn-hued plaid 1940s skirt, and a few simple accessories to bring together the high-school-or-college-age look that I felt went with the sweater style.
I also got a badly needed haircut recently. The past month or so I've been using hair nets almost every day because most brush-outs were unmanageable. Now I have to re-learn how to shampoo and style a shorter, more layered cut - so I'm still experimenting to find the perfect combo.
I'm sure this sweater will get a lot of wear in both fall and winter, and it will be fun to dress it up Christmassy during the holidays, but these scotties are too cute to save for just December!