Pan Am Games 2015, Vintage Pattern Edition: Bowling

This week I’m looking at vintage patterns showing sports of the Pan Am Games. (See the first post here.) Today: a mid-century bowling pattern.

Bowling. This early 1960s pattern from Simplicity includes an “action back” shirt and skirt in two lengths. The skirt has inverted pleats in front and back; the shirt, which may be monogrammed, has pleats at the back shoulder seams:

Early 1960s women's bowling pattern - Simplicity 4648
Simplicity 4648 (ca. early 1960s) Image via Etsy.

2 thoughts on “Pan Am Games 2015, Vintage Pattern Edition: Bowling

  1. I would never have noticed the pleats on the back, but those could be very useful for someone like me. All I need to do is figure out how close to put them to the sleeve back seam so they don’t stick out. Perhaps a slight overlap.

    1. They don’t call it an Action Back Shirt for nothing 😉 I think putting the pleats right at the back shoulder seams gives a very mid-century shape, but maybe not the look you’re going for..

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