Ninety-nine years ago, women might have been dreaming about wearing these dresses:
Here they are in detail, in no particular order:
The word “vestee” is used rather loosely. Other Butterick patterns from this year, in the collection of CoPA, have a line on the bodice pattern for cutting the “suspender top vestee.” I would guess that this dress has a side seam opening, closed with snaps, or hooks and bars. (A hook and bar at the waist is always a good idea!) The bolero jacket has an interesting back; close-fitting sleeves, trimmed with many buttons, are an option. Butterick 2250, April 1920.
Butterick 2229 has decorative buttons running along the outside of the sleeves and the skirt. Delineator, April 1920, p. 151.
The skirts of No. 2272 and 2229 stick out from the body in a similar way.
Although perfectly authentic, these styles might be better suited to comedy (or comic characters) than to serious plays. We always have to consider audience expectations — and that includes changing ideas of beauty.
Of these six designs from April 1920, I know which I would rather wear!