One year later, young women were wearing their dresses much shorter, and fashions looked more youthful because of a subtle change in proportions.
When looking at designs from 1926, we need to make allowance for the exaggerated length of the 1926 fashion [illustration] figure.
Here’s the original 1926 image again — tiny heads on very long bodies:
To make a point, I altered this image rather crudely to show that the biggest change from 1926 illustrations to 1927 illustrations is in the torso length:
1920’s dress patterns had to be altered at the waist, not just at the hem, to make the proportions look “right” — and to match the later 1920’s styles. (Click here for alteration advice from December 1926.)
The fact that many late Twenties’ dresses had a horizontal seam at the mid-hip must have made it much easier to restyle 1926 dresses into 1927 dresses!
Conjecture: A thrifty woman could use the bottom of a 1926 dress as the skirt of a 1927 dress:
Or she might shorten the dress three or four inches at the 1920’s dropped waist level and cover the resulting seam with a belt….
I suspect that, when skirts got shorter in 1927, many “little dressmakers” must have been busy doing simple alterations like these.