Another simply cut but attractive tunic blouse appeared in this color illustration:
We’ll take a closer look at that one in a minute….. You may have guessed that “tunic” means an over layer that is shorter than the rest of the outfit. But the one below is not called a tunic blouse — it’s just a “dress.”
It took me a while to realize that Delineator was selling patterns, so the patterns which included all the layers were described as “dress” patterns, and those that only contained the top layer were “tunic blouse” patterns. That way, the buyer knew she would have to buy a separate pattern (or use one she already had) for the longest layer, which was usually made as a slip — but with fashion fabric rather than lingerie fabric.
The Tunic look had been very important in the 1910s:
Then, the longer layer of the outfit might be part of the skirt pattern or part of a blouse (called a “waist”) pattern. Or it could be sold as a complete tunic dress pattern:
This version of the tunic look appeared in 1921:
“A blouse of the sort with a suitable slip makes a complete costume. The Florentine neck and wide sleeves are particularly smart.”
In 1922, a variety of tunic blouses were on offer.
I especially like the surprise of bright yellow lining on this black velvet tunic. The bands on the sleeves seem to be embroidered with birds.
That dress almost makes me forget that most women would look like a sack of potatoes in it — a beautiful, black velvet, embroidered sack ….
Those very wide sleeves were also typical of 1922 — they deserve (and will get) a post of their own.
“An elastic can be run through a casing at the low waistline. If transparent, the blouse is worn over a slip; otherwise a skirt will do.”
I’ve written before on the tunic as a transition to shorter styles. These tunics are from January, 1925.
As skirts rose to knee length in the later 1920s, the knee-length tunic became irrelevant.
This tunic blouse appeared in 1930, another time of hemline transition:
5 responses to “Tunic Blouses, 1922”
Love this post! Thank you for sharing all the “tunic” findings. I like to wear a 2019 combination — tunic with loose pants.
I never considered that — although I love loose pants. I did consider the long top plus leggings look (loved by some women) as a variation on the tunic. Now I see leggings worn without the long tops and find them slightly shocking. Glad so many women are accepting their own bodies. Uncomfortable with seeing every crack and dimple….. I spent my younger days trying to get employers to focus on my ideas, (women have equal brain power) not my body…. (which was definitely not the same as a man’s.) Of course, there used to be a distinction between clothes we wore to work and clothes we wore for partying.
Fascinating! I way some of the tunics are tied also points to the future arrival of the dropped waist.
Thank you for this post…so interesting!
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