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?”