Part 2: Butterick Fashions in Color, September 1920

Big hats with a varied dress silhouette; Butterick patterns from Delineator, September 1920. These patterns are from page 96.

1920 was a year when fashions were in transition from the wide hipped “tonneau” skirts of the late teens to the narrow silhouette of the later 1920s.

Left, a “tonneau” or barrel skirt (Butterick skirt 9064.)

Traces of this 1917 silhouette could still be seen in 1920:

Left, Butterick 2572 has a slenderizing opening down the front, revealing a colorful panel; right, Butterick 2560 has a side closing and a hipline that foreshadows the later 1920s.

A hat trimmed with monkey fur; fitted sleeves that cover part of the hand. Looking wider at the hip than the shoulder was not unusual. Butterick 2572.

“The broad sash widens the waistline….” The “vestee” revealed in down the middle is as long as the rest of the garment.

This dress would not make a woman’s hips look slender…. Butterick 2560.

(And the fashion for low busts — even on very young women — always makes me ask, “How is that possible?” Bust flatteners were available in 1920. )

Butterick 2582 is another surplice (or side) closing dress. Another “waist widening” sash effect.

Butterick 2580 from September, 1920.

This over dress ends several inches above the underskirt/satin slip.

Like many other dresses in the September issue, a muted coral or spice-brown red is used.

Left, Butterick 2602 is an embroidered dress with an oriental hem.

For autumn, an enormous brown hat is worn with this gold-ish dress.

The “oriental hem” is gathered to an inner lining.

If the bodice was made of a sheer material, the lining might have a “camisole top” with narrow straps instead of a full lining.

Perhaps it’s a good thing to be reminded that there have been eras when no woman ever asked, “Does this dress make my butt look big?”



Filed under 1920s, bags, Hats, Hats and Millinery, Vintage Styles in Larger Sizes

5 responses to “Part 2: Butterick Fashions in Color, September 1920

  1. Thank you, it’s always so interesting to see these dresses in colour! I think models 2602 and 2582 would be quite wearable today – maybe an option for my plan to recreate something from 1920 in 2020, although I’m a little scared of the draped parts without a sewing pattern. (CoPA does not seem to have them.) I also really like, that the fashionable silhouette around 1920 was so close to a normal adult female body!

  2. Duy Khang Nguyen

    I was sometimes by the word “Overgaiters”, at first when i searched the word on google, it like no result for the word, but these day I thought Overgaiters are the part of the shoes that look like spat after observed throught out the year 1918-1919

    P.s: If you can’t see the blue word it said :”Are these Overgaiters (The White part of the shoes”
    P.S.S: The issue is October 1918

    • Look up the word “gaiters.” Overgaiters is just that fashion editor trying to make it clear to readers that the gaiter is not part of the shoe , but a separate garment.
      Incidentally, I got dozens of emails with the same words but they were SPAM and not from your usual email address. You may have been hacked!

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