Two Blouses from the Mid-Twenties

Two blouses from the 1920's

Two blouses from the 1920’s

Both of these blouses appeared to be factory-made, both have long sleeves, and both have side openings that button at the hip. They also have strong vertical lines — a nice touch to copy if the hip-widening properties of twenties styles make you uncomfortable. Both are from a private collection that has been sold.

Machine Embroidered Twenties’ Blouse

Vintage 1920's blouse with machine embroidery.

Vintage 1920’s blouse with machine embroidery.

The body of the blouse is slightly eased into the hip band, for a mild blouson effect.  The colors are light blue, navy and rust. There are six tiny tucks on each side of the center front hidden button placket. The design is geometric. it may have been embroidered on light cotton ribbon and applied to the blouse.

Collar, cuff, and CF placket trim.

Collar, cuff, and CF placket trim.

Back of twenties blouse with embroidered trim.

Back of twenties blouse with embroidered trim.

There is a slight amount of easing at each side of back where it meets the hip band.

The hip band closes with buttons on the sides:

Hip band is closed with buttons.

Hip band is closed with buttons.

You could adjust the fit by moving the buttons.

White Tucked Twenties Blouse with Lace Trim

White tucked  vintage 1920's blouse with lace trim on collar and cuffs.

White tucked vintage 1920’s blouse with lace trim on collar and cuffs.

This blouse is not as long from collar to hip as the first blouse. It’s possible that some buttons have been replaced. The sheer cotton with woven stripes is enhanced with tucks on either side of the center front placket. The wrist-length sleeves have long cuffs that fold back, covering the buttons.

Collar detail, 1920s vintage blouse.

Collar detail, 1920s vintage blouse. The blouse would look better after pressing.

Side view of vintage twenties blouse.

Side view of vintage twenties blouse.

The blouse uses French seams, with flat-felled seams at the armholes, like a man’s shirt.

Detail of hip opening on 1920s vintage blouse.

Detail of hip opening on 1920s vintage blouse.

These 1924 Butterick blouse patterns from Delineator magazine have many of the same characteristics, including vertical lines and visible buttons at the hip band.

Butterick blouse patterns, Delineator, May1924.

Butterick blouse patterns, 5228 and 5243; Delineator, May,1924.

These 1924 blouse patterns have a different hip treatment. The one on the left fits loosely and is belted to create a slight blousing. The one on the right is snugly buttoned.

Butterick blouse patterns 5055 and 5077, with hat 4973. Delineator, March 1924.

Butterick blouse patterns 5055 and 5077, with hat No. 4973. Delineator, March 1924.

This cotton broadcloth blouse from Sears cost $1.98 in 1924 ($2.39 for stout sizes.).

Blouse with hip buttons, Sears catalog, Fall 1924.

Blouse with hip buttons, Sears catalog, Fall 1924.

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5 responses to “Two Blouses from the Mid-Twenties

  1. The ones in the catalog look slightly longer than the real life shirts…or is my eye fooling me? What a terrific color combination for the embroidery on the top shirt. It’s a beautiful design as well.

  2. whitequeen54

    I like the designation of “stout size.” It sounds so old-fashioned and dignified, more so than “plus size.” And it reminds me of Winnie the Pooh doing his stoutness exercises!

    • Why didn’t anyone write a song that went, “Women, Give me Women, Give
      me Stout-Hearted Women” to go along with “Stout-hearted men?” I’m
      surprised we didn’t sing it in the Girl Scouts. We certainly sang a
      lot of other song parodies. In fact, my Scout troup sang a lot of
      songs by Tom Lehrer!

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