Size: approx. M, but could fit from S to L, depending on preferred fit
Bust: 38” flat and unstretched, will stretch up to 44” max.
Best fit for 36-42”
Waist/hem: 28” flat and unstretched, will stretch up to 32” max.
Length: 18” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to hem length: 10” (pulls up just a bit shorter when worn)
Sleeve length: 20”
Shoulder to shoulder: 16” flat and unstretched, to 18” maximum
Label: Ballantyne of Peebles, 100% Pure Cashmere, Made in Scotland.
2nd label: A Faris Original, hand trimmed in Hong Kong
This pastel blue 1950s beaded cashmere cardigan by Ballantyne of Peebles (in Scotland) is trimmed all over with “frosty” tendrils of iridescent sequins, tiny pearl beads and white glass tube beads. The cardigan has a typical 1950s sweater shape, with three-quarter-length sleeves and a round neckline. It is moderately fitted at the shoulders and bust, with ribbed trim at the cuffs, neckline, and hem. The unusual scalloped hem, located at approximately the the natural waist, is slightly more fitted than the body of the sweater, since the ribbed trim does not have quite as much give to it—see measurements for details. The cardigan fastens in front with a row of pearl buttons, and the body (not the sleeves) is lined with pale blue rayon chiffon. The fine cashmere will add a layer of warmth without significant weight—great to layer over your favorite close-fitting tops or dresses. It is in excellent to mint condition with no issues to note, other than a small red pen mark on each label. Quite possibly the cardigan was never worn, since the 2 extra pearl buttons (that presumably came with the sweater when purchased) are still attached at the hem. According to the ever-useful Vintage Fashion Guild’s Label Resource, by the 1950s “Ballantyne was recognized as one of the finest makers of cashmere in the world”. Here is your chance to own a mid-century vintage classic: a gorgeously beaded cashmere cardigan sweater by an historic Scottish maker!