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Million Dollar Idea: The Cardigan T-Shirt

Recently, as librarians are wont to do, I was engaged in an absorbing cardigan sweater conversation with Julie Jurgens (@himmissjulie) and Elizabeth Burns (@LizB) on Twitter. Suddenly, Julie (of the excellent blog Hi Miss Julie!) came up with a genius idea.

The cardigan t-shirt.

I repeat. The cardigan t-shirt.

Inspired by the tuxedo shirt…

…it would have a cardigan printed on it. There should, nay, needs to be a t-shirt with a cardigan printed on it. Imagine the librarian humor possibilities!

Here’s what it might look like:

Or, if you really want to make a striking impression, you could try one of these bold styles:

Let’s get this done.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Liz B says:

    I would totally buy the first, all gray one.

  2. Ed Spicer says:

    Where are the fish?

    • Travis says:

      Ha – once a manufacturer steps forward, we’ll have to let them know that there’s a demand for cardigan t-shirts featuring fish!

  3. j says:

    all for it – the patterns are a bit scary
    all for black and other colors

    they are sort of like those t-shirts with long beads

  4. Jenny says:

    Last year around the holidays, Target actually had a cardigan t-shirt – a t-shirt with a pale blue “sweater” cardigan with snowmen on it. I wanted to get it for my husband, but they were sold out of his size.

  5. I like the final mock-up you have there. It’s a way to get the ubiquitous “book-themed” cardigan, without experiencing the shame of actually “owning” it.

  6. leslie says:

    hmm, i would go with the first one as well, made in a variety of colors…maybe find a mr. rogers look-alike to model it, wearing chuckies to complete the ensemble?

  7. Jess says:

    But what happens when your library is overly air-conditioned and you have to put a cardigan on OVER your cardigan t-shirt?

  8. LynnKertell says:

    What do you think of a knitted vest tee-shirt?

    Plus, this would be more appropriate in your air-conditioned library, when the cardigan goes on over the tee.

  9. Rochelle says:

    Please, please start manufacturing!!

    Bright colours, black anything will do… the librarian at last will have an official easy to recognise dress/uniform

  10. Kathy Nixie says:

    I need long sleeves and it’s got to have a pocket somewhere.

    love those tshirts!


  11. Melanie says:

    I think a librarian cardigan really should have dancing cats and shooting stars on it. But, if that isn’t a choice, I’d go for the cow one.

  12. tuttle88 says:

    I would totally wear these in a non ironic way but tell people I was wearing them ironically.

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