I’m making an educated guess at the age range, based on other Butterick illustrations. Teen girls aged 15 to 20 years were “Misses,” and they usually had their own pages of fashions in Delineator magazine. Butterick patterns for children often reflected adult style details; but styles for young children changed very slowly, so we sometimes find patterns that were released years before mixed in with brand new ones — in this group, two patterns numbered in the 5000’s appear among 6900’s.
Red and blue often photographed as black, so I love seeing the red swimsuit. It buttons at the shoulders.
When I based a painting on this 1920’s photo of my cousins Gerald and Mimi, I made their bathing suits blue, but colors ranging from purple (or navy blue) to red, green, and brown all photographed as black.
The white and blue dress (6878) looks much like the dresses for grown-ups in the same issue:
The lavender dress has a sort of scalloped front; scallops were also used on this woman’s dress:
This is my favorite:
The same detail is seen in a dress for older girls:
Like the scalloped lavender dress above, the polka dotted dress (6959) can be tightened at the hip with button tabs. Perhaps the tie on the back of the flowered dress (6909) serves the same function.
Dresses for girls and women were often shown with smocking near the shoulder or hip, and sometimes at the neckline and wrist.
In addition to children’s patterns illustrated in color, these outfits for boys and girls were shown in black and white, with a touch of yellow:
… like this woman’s dress (in yellow) from the same July 1926 issue of Delineator.
July is time to start planning a fall wardrobe, so these stylish coats for older girls were also shown:
Notice how short these coats for girls are. I sometimes think that young women adapted easily to the shortest of nineteen-twenties fashions because they had never worn longer ones. Below are some coats for young women aged fifteen to twenty from the previous season — March, 1926.
By comparison, they look too long to me! By the end of the year, such coats were probably being shortened: