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Samantha Brown Ultrasoft Cardigan

Item 650772

"A beautiful sweater to keep you warm on the plane and bring a relaxed elegance to any outfit." -Samantha Brown

Merino wool—known for centuries to be insulating and breathable—adds airy warmth to this soft-to-the-touch cardigan. The nylon-acrylic blend helps to retain its shape after years of packing and unpacking. Simple in design, it has a wide, fold-back lapel and rib-knit detailing at the front opening, cuffs and hem. The pieced back adds form-flattering structure over formal or casual layers. Two front pockets. Nylon/merino wool/acrylic. Machine wash. Imported.

Samantha Brown Ultrasoft Cardigan

Sizes XS(2-4), S(6-8), M(10-12), L(14-16), XL(18-20). Falls to upper thigh.

Plus Size Samantha Brown Ultrasoft Cardigan

Plus sizes 1X-3X. Falls to upper thigh.
  • Samantha Brown Ultrasoft Cardigan
  • Merino wool blend
  • Wide, fold-back lapel
  • Rib-knit detailing at the front opening, cuffs and hem
  • Pieced back adds form-flattering structure
  • Dresses up or down
  • 2 front pockets
  • Falls to upper thigh
  • Nylon/merino wool/acrylic
  • Machine wash
  • Imported
Women's Sizes
Men's Sizes
Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-770-3387

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from TravelSmith are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

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By Jutleymail
Jackson, TN
November 15, 2016
"Gorgeous cardigan! - This is my second Ultrasoft Cardigan. Bought the blue one last winter. This rose cardigan is simply gorgeous, and fits true to size. I'm 5'4" and about 160 pounds. Love the softness! Look forward to wearing it a lot.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
August 25, 2016
"Colors?. - It would be nice also to have basic colors too. White, black, beige. I have the grey and it is very comfortable but I keep coming back, hoping for added colors.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
July 23, 2016
"You keep advertising on line at $26 but it is only available in one color at $89. What's up?I would not recommend this product."
By san-mikmcc4856
July 07, 2016
"Very soft - As stated this cardigan is very soft. I especially like the longer length.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
North Florida
July 01, 2016
"Very nice sweater - Soft sweater in a lovely rose color. The sweater is larger than expected.- I recommend this product."
By owlesqs
Yorktown Heights, NY
June 25, 2016
"really nice - This cardigan has nice lines and is in a very soft and cozy fabric. The light gray color I purchased will go with almost everything. It is too warm to wear it now but I couldn't resist the sale price and will enjoy it when the weather gets cooler.- I recommend this product."
By adsrowley
June 22, 2016
"Too long and too loose - Like another reviewer, although I'm a bit taller at 5'5", this cardigan is way too long. It was also too big. I had to roll up the sleeves quite a bit. I ordered a small, which is my normal size. It did not have the quality I expected, either. It looked cI would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
April 21, 2016
"A bit disappointing - It's a nice cardy, It's soft and loose-fitting perfect for drafty plane-rides. It's only getting 2 starts from me because a) I think it's overpriced and b) the seam on one the left pockets had detached.I would not recommend this product."
By menow1123
March 29, 2016
"Love It - Exactly as hoped. Good length, fits well, VERY soft. I ordered one in grey and just placed an order for another in red. You will really like it :)- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
January 10, 2016
"The perfect cardigan - I have 2: the heather gray and the purple. I would order two more in black and in blue if they were still available in size small. I would typically wear a medium, but the small hangs perfectly. Love the shawl collar. So sad you won't be restocking.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Washington, DC
November 05, 2015
"Overpriced - Bought two of these cardigans for a business trip. Although soft, they wrinkle. Look better in the pictures. Should be worn with jeans. Too casual for work.I would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Frankfurt, Germany
November 04, 2015
"Great sweater - Very lovely heather violet color. Love the pockets. Weight is substantial enough to keep you warm as a single layer or layer over a long sleeve shirt in colder weather. I will be wearing this a lot. Lucky enough to get it on sale. Great addition to my ove- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
November 02, 2015
"great sweater for travel - This is comfortable and goes with everything- It is not too hotand it is lightweight.- I recommend this product."
By melodee2008
October 20, 2015
"need petites - This is a beautiful sweater; but, TS needs to have it in petites, It is very long on me & I have to bend over to get my hnads in the pockets. I will have to return it. I am 5'2 1/2' tall.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
September 02, 2015
"Perfect Travel Cardigan - Just back from a trip to New York - planes, trains and automobiles, AND lots of walking. This cardigan was the perfect travel companion. The length is just right for coverage. The open front makes it easy to cool off if you enter an overheated room, and t- I recommend this product."
By eperel
Northern California
September 01, 2015
"This will go with me everywhere - I cannot stress enough how soft, comfortable and versatile this sweater is. As a cardigan connoisseur, this one has definitely found its place in my collection. In fact, it can take the place of many. This is the perfect thing to take with you on a quick- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
SF Bay Area
September 01, 2015
"Warm and Cozy - Love this new cardigan. It feels like cashmere and holdsits shape nicely. The color options are all beautiful and I may just have to buy another. Love the longer length and alwaysappreciate having pockets.- I recommend this product."
By vaca365
August 29, 2015
"Favorite Cardigan - I love the fit of this cardigan! Unlike some cardigans which can be boxy, this one has a nice fit in the waist. It washed really well and dried quickly! I love wearing the cardigan after yoga because it's so soft and comfy!- I recommend this product."
By awells
SF Bay Area
August 29, 2015
"Very Cozy - I love this cardigan. I got it in both grey and blue and I have started to wear it quite a bit as the summer nights have gotten cooler in the Bay Area. Its the perfect weight for taking on a plane. I took it on a trip with me to UTAH and I wore it every n- I recommend this product."
By aporter
Novato, CA
August 29, 2015
"Feels like Cashmere! - This sweater looks and feels great! It can be paired with jeans for a travel worthy casual look or dressed up with your favorite skirt. The wool is soft and very cozy. I highly recommend the beautiful blue color.- I recommend this product."