Old sewing patterns for leisurewear
A 1950’s pattern for shorts and blouse was suitable for making up in cotton, rayons or linens. The blouse had shoulder pads. The sewing guide in the packet advertises Parapads patented rubber shoulder pads. They were made by Dunlopillo. It also advertised Lightning zips, made by ICI.
1959 pattern for slacks, shorts and short shorts with side zipper. Suggested fabrics were linen, denim, corduroy, velveteen, flannel, jersey, Oxford cloth or plaid woolens.
A sportswear pattern from 1960 includes an overblouse with bateau neckline, shorts, tapered pants, cropped blouse with middy (sailor) collar and dirndl skirt. Suggested fabrics were denims, sailcloths, linens, duck, piques or crisp cottons.
1960’s pattern for beach robe with or without hood.
1974 pattern for tennis dress and panties or sleeveless dress. Suggested fabrics for dress were cotton, rayon, brushed rayon, crepe, jersey, gingham, pique and poplin.
Early 70’s Practical Pattern 6563 states “Uninhibited, simple and effective halter-neck Sun-Top teams with ‘pull-on’ Oxford Bags OR Skirt”.