This is another set of dress patterns which were also sold as bridal patterns, this time from April of 1925.
It’s striking to me how this illustration for the article on weddings shows up-to-date short skirts in comparison to the pattern illustrations for the same Butterick dresses. (Perhaps patterns had a longer lead time, so the article’s illustrator adjusted hemlines to the newest fashions.)
The dress worn by the Maid (or Matron) of Honor, Butterick pattern 5933, was illustrated as an evening dress — in print fabrics — in both April and May:
Two versions of the bridesmaids’ dress appeared, one for Ladies and one — with a different pattern number — for Misses 16 to 20.
There is a difference in hem length and torso length, and both differ slightly from the center illustration.
The dress on the right, for Misses and small women, had different proportions. [Much more attractive to my eye….]
Butterick 5919: “A hand made ribbon or metal gauze flower trims this one-piece slip-over frock with handkerchief draperies. Use Georgette, chiffon or chiffon voile over a separate one-piece slip of satin, silk crepe or heavy crepe de Chine in flesh color or to match dress. For day wear the slip may have sleeves…. Dress is for Misses 16 to 20 years.”
In addition to the article on page 24, there was an entire page of ideas for Butterick bridal patterns — most of which were also illustrated as day or evening dresses elsewhere in the magazine … sometimes months previously.
The caption says,
I love finding more than one illustration of the same pattern — and Butterick often featured its patterns in Delineator magazine in two successive months — or in two places in the same issue.
It makes sense that wedding gown patterns would be bought by young women; one of these Misses’ dresses was also shown as a bridal gown:
One of these was shown as a bridesmaid’s dress, and another as a wedding gown.
No. 5919, far right, was the bridesmaid, as discussed above; No. 5960 (center) has sleeves and beading in its bridal version.
These wedding gowns went back a little further:
No. 5447 was the featured bridal gown in this wedding party for October, 1924:
The tabard of No. 5719 would lend itself to a silvery, medieval look, especially with a long-sleeved underdress.
Many years ago I saw this English wedding dress, dated 1924, in the Bethnal Green Museum, now a part of the V & A. I couldn’t find the image online, so here it is scanned from the postcard I bought:
A silver wedding dress, with heavy lace trim, was also in the Bethnal Green Exhibit.
Here is a small part of the advice Evelyn Dodge gave to brides in 1924: