I bought this riding suit some time ago, but have neglected writing about it. Actually, I’ve been wanting some information about the label to fall into my lap, but that didn’t happen so I’ll have to hope this post brings around someone who knows about the brand.
What I do know (or, rather, guess) is that this suit is from the mid 1930s. It is certainly before shoulders started to get puffy around 1937. The buttons also look to be 1930s, as do the construction techniques.
The label is Real Sport: Breeches with the Masterseam. I’ve seen the label before in men’s breeches, but this was the first time I’d seen it in a woman’s garment. The masterseam refers to the center back seam of the breeches that could be adjusted for fit.
The fabric feels to be a rayon, but I have not tested it. There is the possibility that it is wool.
That center back pleat adds to the mobility of the rider.
This is a leg, in case you can’t tell from the sideways photo. The inner leg is a fine suede. All the buttons are present; I just didn’t button them.
There is a lot of room in the upper legs. So, would these be breeches, or are they jodhpurs?
The pants have a side-button closure. From all my recent research on knickerbockers and breeches, it seems that women’s pants always opened on the side, while male pants always had a center fly. It is possible that there are exceptions, but I have not found them.
You don’t think I need a horse to go with these, do you?
UPDATE: I got an email from Lynne, web searcher extraordinaire, who found a 1935 ad showing my jacket with solid pants. Thanks, Lynne!