1929 and 1930 Side by Side

Two very similar suit patterns illustrate the big change in fashion between late 1929 and 1930. Both images from Delineator magazines.

I was struck by the similarity — and the difference — between these two Butterick patterns, issued in 1929 and 1930. Both have bolero jackets, which stop above the “waist” of the suit. Both have blouses with a line of buttons down the front, prim collars, deep cuffs, and are accented with frills. Both have a girdle around the hips. Both are shown in print fabrics. Both are worn with cloche hats.

But…. the return to the natural waist has completely changed the proportions that look “right.”

1929 bolero suit with dropped waist: Butterick 2576, Delineator, April 1929.

1930 bolero suit with natural waist: Butterick 3378; Delineator, August 1930.

Side by side again:

Delineator published these illustrations less than a year and a half apart.

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5 Comments

Filed under 1920s-1930s, Dating Butterick Patterns, Hats

5 responses to “1929 and 1930 Side by Side

  1. Chris

    Thank you for finding these patterns and analyzing a side-by-side comparison! This was a fascinating analysis of subtle but significant changes over only a year and a half! Please do more of these articles – thank you!

  2. Fascinating! All the details of the blouse are scaled down in the 1930 version.

  3. That’s really amazing! I love this comparison.

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