Pan Am Games 2015, Vintage Pattern Edition: Cycling

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

Cycling. This cycling illustration graced the cover of the summer 1938 issue of Vogue Pattern Book:

Late 1930s Vogue Pattern Book with cycling illustration
Vogue Pattern Book, June/July 1938. Image via eBay.

The pattern is Vogue 8014, a sport or evening frock, bolero, and calot (hat) in the collection of CoPA:

1930s sports dress, bolero, and hat pattern - Vogue 8014
Vogue 8014 (1938) Image via the Commercial Pattern Archive. For research purposes only.

3 thoughts on “Pan Am Games 2015, Vintage Pattern Edition: Cycling

  1. What an intriguing pattern. Suitable for cycling and for evening wear. Essentially just a princess seamed dress with 8 panels I think, and a short bolero jacket. While it is pretty and the full skirt would make it easy to cycle in my experience is that wide skirts are not the most suitable for cycling. It would blow up and could get caught in the mechanism. And the hat and jacket are elegant rather than ideal for cycling. She does seem to be wearing a sports or walking shoe. What do you think?

    1. I feel like the cover illustration shows a wider skirt than the pattern envelope. I suppose the only way to know would be to make it up! It’s interesting that Vogue was serious enough about the cycling aspect that they made a point of showing bicycle handlebars on the envelope..

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