Print Dresses and Fabrics from August, 1928

Top of page 34, Delineator, August 1928. Print dresses.

Top of page 34, Delineator, August 1928. Several print or textured dresses.

Top of Page 35, Delineator, August, 1928. Print dresses.

Top of page 35, Delineator, August, 1928. Print and textured fabric dresses, including knits.

A two-page article from August, 1928, reminds us that we don’t have to stick to solid-colored fabrics to reproduce a great twenties’ dress. In “Figured Fabrics for Fall,” these Butterick pattern illustrations were accompanied by illustrations of fabric swatches. (If only these fabric swatches were in color!)

mallinson and stehli fabrics August 1928 Delineator

Left, Mallinson’s “brown satin crepe, printed on the crepe side, plain on the satin side;” shown in Butterick pattern 2129, below left. Right, “wine red canton crepe” made by Stehli, with the glint of gold tinsel thread all through it; used in Butterick pattern 2117, below right.

Butterick patterns 2129 and 2117, Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 34.

Butterick patterns 2129 and 2117, Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 34. The dress on the right has metallic threads forming the pattern.

2129 and 2117

Rayon velvet fabric made by Blumenthal, in a floral print.

Transparent rayon velvet fabric made by Blumenthal, in a floral print. Aug. 1928.

“Transparent rayon velvet with the colors and flowered design usually associated with chiffon,” was used for a surplice dress, Butterick 2166, below left. Crepe satin was used for Butterick 2178, below right.

Butterick patterns 2166 and 2178. Delineator, August 1928, p. 34.

Butterick patterns 2166 and 2178. Delineator, August 1928, p. 34.

2166 and 2178

Two Botany fabrics for Fall of 1928. On the right, a border print used for Butterick No. Below right.

Two Botany fabrics for Fall of 1928. Left, “checked grege and brown tweed,” used for Butterick 2154, below left. On the right, a “selvedge-bordered fabric” used for Butterick No. 2164, below right.

“Checked grege and brown tweed” (above, left) is used in the “runabout” dress below left, Butterick No. 2154; right, Pattern 2164 uses a wool fabric (kasha) with woven border pattern. (Pattern 2154 was also recommended for bordered fabrics.) “Grege” is now spelled “greige” — a pale neutral color that combines a warm note of brown or pink (as in “beige,”) with gray (which can be cool or warm, depending on the amount of blue or brown in the black pigment you add to white to make gray.)

Butterick patterns 2154 and 2164, Delineator, August 1928, p. 34.

Butterick patterns 2154 and 2164, Delineator, August 1928, p. 34.

2154 and 2164

This chevron-patterned tweed was suggested for a coat to match dress 2164:

Forstmann's tweed kasha fabric for a coat. 1928.

Forstmann’s tweed kasha fabric for a coat. 1928.

On the facing page, p. 35, more Fall fashions — and fabrics — were illustrated.

Printed wool fabric from Botany, and a phot-printed jersey fabric from Wyner. Delineator, 1928.

Printed wool fabric from Botany, left;  and a photo-printed (?) jersey fabric from Wyner. Delineator, 1928.

The fabric swatch on the left is printed kasha, used for Butterick 2162, below left. The geometric pattern on the swatch is turned ninety degrees from the way it is shown in the dress. Below right, “jersey, printed with a photographed tweed design of brown on beige,” illustrated on a simple V-necked dress, Butterick 2182.

Print dresses made with Butterick patterns 2162 and 2182. Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 35.

Print dresses made with Butterick patterns 2162 and 2182. Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 35. (Twenties’ dresses don’t get much simpler than this jersey knit one. Thank Mlle Chanel.) This pattern was available up to size 52 inches!

2162 and 2182 text

Below left, “black barre satin, a material that is cross-barred with satin lines on the dull surface, dull lines on the satin surface. (I had to enhance the photo to show that there is a subtle pattern in the dark material.) The double-faced satin was used in Butterick 2119. Below right, a rayon knit top with an ombre pattern in gray and white, over a plain gray skirt. Butterick pattern 2180.

Black barre satin made by Schwarzenback Huber, and an ombre knit rayon from America Rayon Fabrics.

Black barre satin made by Schwarzenback Huber (left), and an ombre printed knit rayon from American Rayon Products.

Butterick patterns 2119 and 2180, Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 35.

Butterick patterns 2119 and 2180, Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 35.

2119 and 2180 text

A silk crepe dress (Butterick 2170) [fabric not illustrated] called for a coordinating wool coat made from gray-beige wool threaded with dark brown (Forstmann fabric, below right.)  Left, a printed wool and rayon blend “with modernistic cross-hatch design in natural, beige and grege tones,” shown in Butterick dress 2184.

Left, a cross-hatched printed wool and rayon fabric from Bianchini Ferier, and right, coating with fine brown threads.

Left, a cross-hatched printed wool and rayon fabric from Bianchini Ferier, and right, Forstmann gray-beige coating with fine brown threads.

Butterick patterns 2170 and 2184. Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 35.

Butterick patterns 2170 and 2184. Delineator, Aug. 1928, p. 35.

2170 and 2184 text

Considering that these fall fashions used a lot of brown, gray, beige and “grege,” perhaps they don’t suffer from being shown in black and white illustrations, after all. (But it would be nice if someone was inspired to create these geometric designs in new, autumn colored versions!)

Geometric print dresses to wear to an exhibit of 1920's paintings.

Geometric print dresses to wear to an exhibit of Cubist paintings?

Click here for characteristic examples by Braque and Picasso which may have influenced these 1920’s textile designs. Even the tan/gray/beige color palette is similar.

Did Cubist art influence these textiles?

Did Cubist art influence these textiles?

Helen Dryden, who illustrated the cover of this August issue, painted stylized flowers like a dress fabric in the background.

Helen Dryden illustration for cover of Delineator, August 1928.

Helen Dryden’s illustration for cover of Delineator, August 1928.

Dryden illustrated many color advertisements for fabrics.) The Vintage Traveler wrote more about Dryden’s Art Deco ads for the Aberfoyle Textile Mill. Click here.

1920’s patterns in Large sizes: Several of these patterns included sizes for large women, with bust measurements from 46 (Nos. 2180, 2166, & 2154) to 48 (No. 2184,) and even up to 52 inches (No. 2182.)

1 Comment

Filed under 1920s, 1920s-1930s, Vintage patterns, Vintage Styles in Larger Sizes

One response to “Print Dresses and Fabrics from August, 1928

  1. I love twenties fabrics! All those fabulous geometrics–I wish someone would be inspired to make modern versions. But in the meantime, maybe you could put out one of those now trendy coloring books with the patterns in black and white, and we could color them in!

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