In fashion, trial balloons are sent up all the time. Some take off into the stratosphere, and some quietly deflate and are forgotten. As far as I can tell, it’s all about timing.
This dress pattern from 1920 got it half right:
The sleeveless look, the sheer embroidered Georgette, and the horizontal line at the hip became standard for evening wear a few years later.
The loose, unfitted, hip-length top turned out to be the look of the future.
The bottom part of dress 2417, however, was another story,“The drawn-in effect achieved by the plaits at the lower part is new…. ” I think those may be tassels on the front pleats. The other pleats (tucks, really) are stitched down. “Lower edge when falling free [is] 1 3/4 yard.” With 6 or eight stitched-down pleats on each side, it would be considerably less.
Hobble skirts which made wearers take tiny steps were a hit in earlier in the century — this image is from 1911 — but our 1920 version didn’t suit the increasing freedom of women, who were used to plenty of leg-room by 1916.The mid-Twenties’ shape was narrow and unfitted…
… but Mid-Twenties’ skirts didn’t start out wide and then get tighter near the hem, like No. 2417.
Just another fashion dead end!