Sleeves which end in a flare: Butterick patterns from February 1930. Delineator.
Left: bare arms covered by a sheer Bertha collar; Center: bare arms covered by a sheer jacket whose sleeves have a double flare or flounce. Right: bare arms for evening. Butterick patterns in Delineator, April 1930.
1930 was a good year for capelets, Berthas, and other soft, sheer, flowing covers for the arm.
Butterick sleeve pattern 3075, February 1930.
Short sleeves (above the elbow) were also appearing on dressy dresses (and even on dinner dresses.) A sort of combination of the two styles was the new fitted sleeve with a flounce or “flare.” I first noticed these “medieval” sleeves:
The very long, slit flare on these sleeves was “medieval.” Butterick 3265 from Delineator, June, 1930.
Click here for some real medieval sleeves. Was Charles Addams remembering these dresses when he drew Morticia Addams?
Butterick 3534, from Delineator, December 1930. Another example of a flounce or flare with a slit in it.
A side note: notice how many of these 1930 evening dresses have a long, sheer skirt over a shorter, opaque lining.
Three evening gowns with sleeve interest. Butterick 3052, 3044, and 3054 from February 1930.
Digression: The one on the right is not chiffon but a coarse net mesh, and would deserve a closer look even without its above-the-elbow, tied sleeves (definitely a 1930 style.)
Sleeves that tie above the elbow “are entirely new;” sheer skirt over a shorter opaque layer. Butterick “dinner frock” 3054, February 1930.
The flared sleeve, which is my real topic, was included in pattern 3075 — it offered several sleeve styles for updating or individualizing other patterns:
Butterick sleeve pattern 3075, Delineator, February 1930, p. 31
Butterick sleeve pattern 3075, Delineator, February 1930, page 30. This illustration included the tied sleeve seen on No. 3054.
Right, the flared sleeve again. Afternoon dresses, Butterick 3215 and 3202, May 1930.
Here is the flared sleeve on a dress for “madame,” i.e., an older women. (She holds her lorgnette in her hand.)
Butterick 3128, an afternoon dress for older or larger ladies.
(This alternate view shows a tied sleeve instead.)
I inherited this collapsible lorgnette with leather case and long chain, like the one worn in the illustration above.
Left, a dress with removable sheer cape; right, Butterick 3289 has a tied bolero top with long, flounced sleeves.
Both dresses have a shorter, opaque under layer with a longer sheer layer on top.
Detail of the 1930 bolero top, Butterick 3289.
I was lucky to find pattern 3269 at the Commercial Pattern Archive. (CoPA), so we can see the pattern pieces.
Pattern envelope for Butterick 3289.
Right: pattern shapes for sleeve and flare 3289.
In that case, the flare is a circle or oval with a round opening in the center.
I was glad to see that these sleeves were not limited to Butterick styles. Here is a very similar dress and jacket pattern from Ladies’ Home Journal:
Another evening dress with optional flounced-sleeve jacket. LHJ pattern 6483, 1930.
The pattern shapes for the sleeve and sleeve flare. This flare (10) is made very differently.
Another — different — sleeve flare:
A third way to achieve the “flare” sleeve. This one hangs open at the back.
Another flare was seen on this McCall pattern from 1931:
McCall pattern 6617 from 1931.
A short sleeve with a frill (top) and a long sleeve with a surprising shape. McCall 6617.
Also from 1931 is this set of sleeves:
Nine sleeve shapes from 1931. Butterick 3698.
A variety of ways to create a flared sleeve.
And, for real inspiration, here is a couture dress by Ardanse, very sheer from neckline to upper arm, where the lace fabric of the dress creates full, slit sleeves with a big, circular flare; they seem to defy gravity.
Couture by Ardanse, left, and Lelong, right. Delineator, May 1930.
9 responses to “Sleeves with a Flare: 1930”
I’d love to see a real life example for that last style, even if only on film or photograph. Seems like at least one vamp must have worn it. I’ve never seen this flared sleeve on a dress in the wild either. Only bishop sleeves or huge folded back cuffs. Maybe it was for wealthier people only, because it was so impractical.
It made me think of movie costumes, too. It must have been very fragile, but as I said: wow!
Yes, it’s just amazing. It must have been a knock out. Actually I’m going to look at some movie star glamour shots to see if I can find something similar.
I really tried, but there’s nothing with the floating sleeves. I found a lot of weird and interesting netting effects, most notably on Mae West (can you IMAGINE) but not that effect.
I love your lorgnette! And am longing for an amusing lace belt.
An amusing belt … I missed that.
These sleeves are so elegant. It’s very interesting to see the pattern parts of these kind of sleeves as well. I love the lorgnette!
Loving the these sleeves. They were wildly popular patterns a few years ago. No matter the era, a great sleeve is always in style.