This week I’m looking at vintage patterns showing sports of the Pan Am Games. (See the first post here.) Today: a pattern for gymnastics.
Rhythmic gymnastics. This early 1930s gym and dance costume was available in misses’ and juniors’ sizes. The costume includes a long-sleeved or sleeveless blouse with elasticized lower edge and two styles of tap pant:
Like other sportswear patterns, McCall 6498 stayed in print for several years: Allison Marchant/carbonated’s copy is copyright 1934.
5 thoughts on “Pam Am Games 2015, Vintage Pattern Edition: Gymnastics”
I could definitely see these tap pants being worn under a skirt for dance.
View A has drag lines on the drawing, which I guess is what they were going for. It’s a look…
Actually if you make a blouse to fit precisely at the waist (not too long or short at any point) and finished it with elastic I think it would be quite a nice look, and make a change from stuffing all the excess into your skirt or trousers. It just makes me think of how important our modern stretch fabrics are for true sporting comfort.
Ingenious, isn’t it? I love the tap pants, too — they always remind me of Ruby Keeler in 42nd Street.
Isn’t it interesting how they’ve posed these dancer/gymnasts? Sort of unhappily fiddling with their upper-shorts-department.