Bathing Suits/Dress for the Family - June 1901
Bathing Suits / Dresses For Women, Styles 1AB, 2AB, and 3AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 15fed06bef
Figure No. 1 AB—The fashionable black-and-white combination is expressed in this bathing suit, plain white French flannel and white with black polka dots and black braid being associated in its development. The four-gored skirt is tucked in small clusters at each side, and a band of the dotted material provides ornamentation around the bottom. The blouse and knickerbockers are combined. The sailor collar and vest front are of the dotted fabric, as is also the belt, and the short puff sleeves are of the plain goods.
Figure No. 2 AB—A stylish effect is produced in this handsome surf habit, in the development of which royal-blue and cream white mohair are used. The blouse and drawers are combined, and the skirt is straight and full. The sailor collar is made of the cream white goods and is embellished in each corner with an embroidered anchor in blue to match the suit. The shield, also of the white flannel, bears similar ornamentation. Small white pearl buttons are arranged on the box-plait in the front of the blouse. The belt is made of the white material to match the chemisette and collar.
Figure No. 3 AB—This represents a practical swimming suit for ladies and girls, made of white brilliantine, trimmed simply with black braid. The suit is adapted to permit the freedom of movement that is essential for swimming.
One of the most important and interesting features of the Summer outfit is the bathing suit, which this season is unusually graceful and attractive. There are plaited, tucked and straight full skirts, as well as those of gored or circular shaping, and the blouses, are completed with a sailor collar, revers or bertha. Puff or bishop sleeves may be worn, the former being more attractive, the latter more desirable if one's skin is susceptible to sunburn.
The same may be said regarding low and high necks. Either tights or knickerbockers are worn, and many of the bathing suit patterns provide that either the skirt or knickerbockers may be joined to the waist; in this way, when the knickerbockers, instead of the skirt, are made separate, they may be replaced by tights.
The materials used in fashioning the bathing suits are: mohair, which may be said to hold first place, its wiry nature making impossible a limp, draggled effect when wet, flannel, serge, satin and silk of a heavy sort, though the last two are scarcely to be recommended, except for the sunbath on the beach.
Many persons prefer flannel of a soft but heavy weave, as it gives greater warmth than serge or brilliantine; it is especially desirable for children's suits.
Braid or material of a contrasting color usually provides the ornamentation. Black-and-white or dark blue-and-white are favorite combinations, though bright red is frequently used to trim somber-hued suits.
Black stockings are always in good taste, though stockings may be selected to match the suit or the trimming if preferred if the colors are not conspicuous. Canvas bathing slippers serve to protect the feet from pebbles and shells; cork soles in the stockings, are sometimes worn instead of canvas slippers and afford the same protection.
Suits for men and boys are made of stockinet, either striped or in plain, solid colors, with a border of a contrasting color; or they may be made of flannel.
Bathing Suits for Youths, Styles 4 AB, 5 AB and 6 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 15fee35972
Figures Nos. 4 AB, 5 AB, and 6 AB— Youths' bathing suit shown at Figure No. 4 AB consists of a shirt and knee trousers, and a cap; blue-and-white striped stockinet was employed in its development. The only material suitable the bathing suit for men shown at Figure No. 5 AB is stockinet, and in this instance dark blue, stitched with white, is used. The suit comprises a shirt, knee trousers, and a cap. Dark blue and white serge are combined in the child's bathing suit illustrated at Figure No. 6 AB; the pattern provides for a full blouse and knickerbockers as well as the close-fitting mode here described.
Bathing Suits for Boys, Girls, and Teens, Styles 7 AB, 8 AB and 9 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 15ff877ca9
Figure No. 7 AB –The boys' bathing suit pictured here is made with a large sailor-collar. The suit is developed from dark-blue flannel and simply stitched. Heavy serge might also be used, braid providing decoration.
Figure No. 8 AB —The straight skirt tucked in graduated hip-yoke outline, and the tucked yoke outline in the blouse, add a distinctive touch to this smart bathing suit intended for misses or girls and made of dark blue and white mohair. The white goods is arranged around the bottom of the skirt and around the short sleeves in a band with a pointed upper edge. The sailor collar, girdle, and tie are also of the white mohair.
Figure No. 9 AB—A bright-red serge sailor collar and belt give a decorative finish to this child's bathing suit, made of white flannel. This pattern may be produced satisfactorily in black, brown, dark-red and dark-blue flannel or serge; braid of contrasting color will supply suitable ornamentation.
Bathing Suits for Teens, Styles 10 AB and 11 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 15ffb82679
Figure No. 10 AB—Black mohair was used to make this suit of approved design, and trimming was supplied by white mohair braid in two widths. The two-piece skirt closes at the centre of the front. The knickerbockers and blouse are in one piece, and the sleeves are short puffs finished with a band.
Figure No. 11 AB - This attractive surf habit is developed from white brilliantine, with black braid for the decoration. The suit consists of a straight full skirt and a combination blouse and drawers. The braid trims the bottom of the skirt and also the sailor collar, which extends to the waist in revers, and is arranged on the band at the top of the full vest.
Bathing Suits for Young Women, Styles 12 AB and 13 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 15ffbff487
Figure No. 12 AB - Pleasing originality is displayed in this natty suit made of white mohair and trimmed with red braid. It comprises a three-piece skirt, tucked at each scam, and a combination drawers and tucked blouse.
Figure No. 13 AB—Navy-blue and white brilliantine are associated with good effect in this bathing suit. It consists of a four-gored skirt and a combination blouse and drawers. Bands of the white material trim the bottom of the skirt, while the sailor collar, belt, and tie are made of the same goods. The neck is in becoming V-outline, though provision is made for a high neck. The sleeves may be short puffs or in full-length bishop style.
Bathing Suit for Girls and Teens, Style No. 14 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 15ffc8e196
Figure No. 14 AB—This illustrates a stylish bathing suit for misses and girls, which is almost a duplicate of the design for ladies just described. The suit shown is made of white serge associated with an all-wool plaid showing red and green on a white background. The sailor collar, belt, and bands on the bottom of the skirt are of the plaid goods, and the tie is of white silk.
Bathing Suit for Teens and Girls. Style No. 15 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 15ffcb0ce2
Figure No. 15 AB - Navy-blue brilliantine associated with cream-white, with a smart decoration of navy-blue braid, developed this pretty suitor bathing suit for misses and girls. The body is made with a shield of the cream-white goods, over which the braid is arranged in double rows. The sailor collar that extends to the waist is also of the white brilliantine.
Bathing Suit for Teens and Girls, Style No. 16 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID #
Figure No. 16 AB —The sailor collar and trimming band around the bottom of the skirt of this attractive suit, which is mended for misses and girls, is made of pale-blue polka-dotted brilliantine, and the combination blouse and drawers and the straight, full skirt and short puff sleeves are of plain white brilliantine.
Bathing Suit for Teens and Girls, Style No. 17 AB. The Delineator, June 1901. GGA Image ID # 16001b94da
Figure No. 17 AB — Up-to-date bathing suit; designed for girls. It consists of a straight full skirt and a combination blouse and drawers. The sailor collar, belt, and bottom of the skirt are trimmed with dark-blue braid, while the material selected for developing the mode is cream-white flannel.
"Bathing Dress For The Family," in The Delineator, June 1901, pp. 1006-1009.