Hiya, Ade has done me some pics.
Here we have in my opinion one of the star items of my collection. The ATS track suit. These were issued only to ATS PT instructors so there were not that many made. I know of only three of these in collections today including one which is held by the National Army Museum that once belong to HM Princess Elizabeth (Our Queen today). The Princess was not actually an instructor but I guess being Heir to the Throne had it little perks! This item again is not shown in the referenece book on the ATS.
This example of mine is unique. It was kept as a "Sealed Pattern". Sealed Patterns were the master item from which all other subsequent items made had to confirm in design and material. This wartime track suit formed the model for the 1953 pattern Women Royal Army Corps track suit. You can see the swatches of material and labels which are attached to the suit by string which is held in place by a wax seal. I have yet to find a single example of this 1953 version in WRAC green material.
The track suit is a two piece item, with a top and bottoms. The material is very modern in appearance and feel. It has a slightly stretchy nature and has a fleece type feel to the inside. The colour is the usual chocolate brown corps colour.
Both the top and bottoms were made by the same manufacturer: "Gymphlex" Graham & Merritt Ltd, Leicester. All exmples I have seen were made by this maker, who possibly made the whole contract?
Both garments are dated 1942.
I will show the track suit top first.