Eighty years ago, Delineator magazine showed the latest styles seen at Lake Placid, NY, and offered Butterick patterns for skiers and skaters. (Lake Placid hosted the winter Olympics in 1932.)
Skiers at Lake Placid, January 1927. Leslie Saalburg illustration for Delineator, p. 15.
The woman at left wears a beret, long trousers, and a heavy jacket with big pockets:
Woman skier in belted jacket, January 1927, Delineator.
In spite of twenties fashions, the belt must have “ridden up” to her natural waistline with movement.
Behind her, a woman wears a matching checked top and knickers:
Detail, Ski Resort, January 1927. Delineator, p. 15. I’m curious; was that outfit true-to-life or artistic license?
A few pages later, Butterick patterns for winter sports were featured.
Costumes for Winter Sports: Butterick patterns for skiing and skating, January 1927.
“7062 — 4147 — Back of the north wind is the windbreaker with knitted or fabric collar and cuffs and a hip band that buttons snugly. For skis with their horrid trick of doing a treacherous double cross reinforced knickers fitted at the knee are worn with wool hose and socks.” The knickers button tightly at the knee and were available up to waist size 38 inches. It looks like she is wearing two pairs of socks, one rolled at the ankle.
Butterick windbreaker ski jacket pattern 7062 with heavy wool knickers, pattern 4147. Delineator, Jan. 1927, p. 22.
Butterick windbreaker pattern 6991 and pleated skirt 1175 from Delineator, January 1927, p. 22.
Duvetyn was a brushed fabric, usually wool; suede was also suggested for the jacket. The skirt, with its top-stitched pleats, would have been too tight for some skaters’ moves, but “contrives to be both slim and roomy.” This being the twenties, when some skirts hung from the shoulders on an underbodice, the skirt was sold by hip size. Does “waistcoat style” mean the belt was adjustable, like the back of a vest? Her striped stockings are probably wool. Textured and patterned stockings were popular for casual winter wear.
Textured stockings in an editorial article about rainwear. Delineator, April 1929, p. 85.
For more illustrations of colorful stockings in the 1920’s, click here.