We love Butte Knits ~ they generally are cut in simple and classic lines, they are easy to wear, and totally timeless. This one from the fabulous Mad Men era of the 1960s borrows heavily from the uber-successful Chanel design elements with its boxy cardigan style and 3/4 length sleeve.
This button front cardigan jacket is made of a fabulously ribbed textured knit in a rich tone of red and is trimmed in amazing pink satin. It has front side darts, and fitting darts on the back shoulders, too.
There are 4 rows of top-stitching around the collar, on the faux welt pockets and around the wrist trim that lends an quilted appearance.
There are also satin-covered buttons down the front, as an accent on the welts and at the wrists, too. The buttonholes are bound finished and horizontal.
Laid flat this measures:
20" across at underarms for an approximate 40" bust.
5" from neck point to shoulder point.
19" sleeve length (3/4 length, or bracelet length)
22" long from center back of the neck to the hem.
42" around the hem.
This is in excellent condition with no flaws.
In addition, we will be sending along the matching short sleeved jewel neck top with it, since it has two tiny light spots (less than 1/8" each) on the front of the shell about 9" down from the neckline, between the darts. We have not tried to remove them yet. When we tried to measure them, they blended in with the fabric closeup, please see photo we added to try to show it.
Details for the shell are:
This is a plain shell top of smooth red knit trimmed with that same gorgeous shocking pink satin around the neckline and short sleeves.
There are front fitting darts from the side seam. Even though this is knit, it is tightly woven and not super stretchy as today's inexpensive knits often are.
There are shoulder darts in the back for a nice smooth fit. This has an 11.5" Talon zipper down the back with metal pull and plastic teeth.
Measurements, laid flat are:
20.5" across underarms for an approximate 40-41" bust.
4.5" from neck point to shoulder point.
15" across the top of the back shoulders.
9" sleeve length.
20" long from center back of the neck to the hem.
38" around the hem.
These measurements translate to an approximate size 10 by contemporary standards, but please compare to a similar garment of your own that fits the way you prefer.
A little about Butte Knits:
Butte Knit was a division of the Jonathan Logan Corporation, which in the 1960s was the largest manufacturer of women’s clothing in the world. Butte Knit was established by David Schwartz in 1959 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was the first company to produce double-knit fabric in the US.
The Butte Knit factory was unique in that it was a vertical factory, in which the entire process from the spinning of the yarn to the finished garment was produced in one place.
Thanks to the Vintage Fashion Guild for their reference materials on Butte Knits.
We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.