Readers, ever since I wrote about a 1920's union suit I bought on eBay two years ago, I've gotten frequent inquiries about where one might find a pair just like it, or whether I'd made a pattern to make one.
The truth is that I never did make a pattern, no real reason. I plan to do so now however. I just picked up another vintage dead stock 1920's union suit on eBay, this one in better condition and better made (albeit frightfully discolored).
The brand is, believe it or not, Polo! You can see up top (and below) the polo pony and player embroidered on the label.
This union suit is, thankfully, a little too small to try on, so I'll spare you the sight of me in it.
I really like the way this union suit is constructed. Like the other suit I'd purchased, it has a horizontal knit band at the back waist.
The challenge is finding the right fabric. As you can see, it's made from a superfine cotton gauze. I've never seen a fabric like that for sale, have you?
I like the wide neck facing. At the armhole, the edges are simply rolled and stitched.
Buttons look like authentic shell.
Then there's the back (really backside) opening. This one is narrower than the opening on the other pair I'd purchased two years ago and I like this one better.
I don't think it's going to take very long to whip up a pattern. The challenge will be, as I mentioned, finding the right fabric. I'm open to any ideas you may have, either to source the fabric or for suitable substitutes.
Have a great day, everybody!
(A little eye candy for those who appreciate such things...)