Ten Blouses from 1920

A blouse and skirt combination from March, 1920. Delineator, page 135.

Blouse patterns were featured in May and June Delineator magazines. You’ll see those tasseled rope belts on several of them. Some of the overblouses are quite long.

Butterick blouse 2350 has raglan sleeves and front and sleeve lacing.

Butterick blouse 2362 looks like two garments, but the center panel is a “vestee.” May, 1928.

Blouse 2381 has a distinctly Twenties’ look:

Blouse 2381 is relatively shapeless. It’s a hint of later Twenties’ styles; the kimono sleeves are cut in one with the blouse and the hem reaches the hip.

The short, frilled sleeves came back in 1929 -1930.

Butterick blouse 2385 from Delineator, May, 1920, p. 150.

Butterick blouse pattern 2347, Delineator, May 1920, page 150.

Although the model’s face is young, this blouse has a “mature” feeling to me —  and it was available up to bust size 46.

Back views of the patterns from Delineator, May 1920, p. 150. 2385 has a two-pointed swallowtail back. 2381 looks very different with a square neck, hip band, and long sleeves.  The fronts can be seen here:

Blouses from Butterick patterns, Delieator, May 1920, page 150. From left, 2350, 2385, 2362, 2381, 2347.

Another group of blouses appeared in June:

Butterick blouse pattern 2415 from Delineator, June 1920, page 110. It does not have a sailor collar, although the tie suggests a girl’s middy.  There is nothing sporty about those cuffs! Note the contrasting bias trim.

Butterick 2434 from June 1920. This shape is similar to a beaded and appliqued vintage blouse you can read about here.

Butterick blouse 2401 from June 1920. It’s  slightly different from May’s  No. 2362, which had a yoke effect at the shoulders.

Long blouse 2407 was described as “Chinese.”

Butterick blouse 2426, June 1920, Delineator.

Five blouses from Delineator, June 1920, page 110.  Top left, 2434; center, 2415, top right, 2401; bottom left, 2426, bottom right, 2407.

Back views of blouses from June 1920, page 110.

Blouse 2214 (not one of the ten) was featured in color in March, 1920. I included it to show two of the skirts that might have been worn with these blouses.

A blouse and skirt combination from March, 1920. Blouse 2214 with skirt 2170. Delineator, page 135.

Pleated skirts or narrow skirts could be worn with these blouses.

The drawing of these 1920 faces and hairstyles is also interesting  — worth a second look.

Edit 11/28/18: Here is the pattern description of blouse 2214 and skirt 2170.

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7 responses to “Ten Blouses from 1920

  1. So how do you get those sleeve frills on 2381 to stand up much less stay pleated, I wonder. I would not enjoy ironing this one. 2347 looks like the same issue. Plus you have to embrioder too. A lot of time and effort, I wonder if they were really made.
    bonnie in provence

  2. I love the sense of historical evolution that your posts provide. And after looking and hundreds (thousands?) of photos of older women, I think that the sense of age in the illustration for 2347 comes from all that lace and the cameo shaped pin.

  3. Duy Khang Nguyen

    was the blouse 2214, is the russian blouse ? cause this blouse really look like like russian blouse

    i sometimes didn’t know the difference between a normal blouse and a russian blouse? could you tell me the different

    • “Russian blouse” is one of those fashion terms that means different things at different times and to different writers. I just added the pattern description of it to my post for you. It does not use the word “Russian.” In my experience, “Russian” does not always mean the blouse or coat looks like a classic Russian folk shirt. It does not always mean that the garment closes at the side front, either. So I can’t define what a “Russian blouse or coat” looks like. Many Russians fleeing the Revolution took refuge in Paris, bringing with them embroidery skills that were used by couturiers. Maybe that’s what made you think “Russian?” You could search Delineator or other fashion magazines year by year for “Russian” and maybe come up with an interesting article!

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