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100 Years Ago: Women’s Bathing Suits for 1917

A friend once gave me a bathing suit as a birthday gift, with the explanation, “The swimsuit isn’t the real present. The real present is that now you don’t have to go through the agony of shopping for a swimsuit.” … Continue reading

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Before “Twenties’ Fashions” Had That Twenties’ Look

The iconic look of nineteen twenties’ fashions — dropped waists, short skirts, an emphasis on youth — didn’t really dominate until the latter half of the decade. These styles from 1924 don’t suggest flaming youth. These outfits from the tubular … Continue reading

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Butterick Vacation Wardrobe for $25, 1933

The Butterick company’s target market in the 1920’s was upscale; there were regular reports on French fashions, and even a new column giving women financial advice during the stock market boom of the late twenties. But in this Depression Era … Continue reading

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Butterick Hats and Dresses for May, 1933

Although pattern companies still sell hat patterns, it’s always a pleasant surprise to find traces of a vintage hat pattern. Butterick hat pattern 5126 was featured on the same page as five outfits for May of 1933. The fashion for … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Day Meditation on My Mother’s Hair (and Maternity,) 1940s

My mother’s friends joked about her vanity, calling her “glamourpuss,” but she stayed with this 1939 hairstyle for at least ten years. I’ll admit, it suited her. In this picture, she’s dressed for the Fourth of July, always a big … Continue reading

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Asian-Influenced Maternity Pattern, 1956

This chic maternity pattern appeared in the Butterick Fashion News store flyer in June, 1956. [I apologize for the poor quality photos — my new computer won’t run my old photo program!] The “Party time” version was a skirt and … Continue reading

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Maternity Patterns from 1907

Since Mother’s Day is approaching, this 1907 article about maternity fashions from the Ladies’ Home Journal seems appropriate. I accessed this article through ProQuest. The images were very faint and the text hard to read, so I have enhanced them. … Continue reading

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Spring Prints, 1938

Maybe it was the result of seeing flowers in bloom that made women dress in print fabrics every Spring. In 1938, the flowers on the dresses were often big ones: These (mostly floral) print dresses appeared in the Butterick Fashion … Continue reading

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Hats and Dresses for Young Women, April 1924

One of the pleasures of pattern illustrations in old magazines is seeing the accessories that accompany them. I especially enjoyed these 1924 hats and dresses for “Misses age 15 to 20” (and for “smaller women.”) Some of the hats are … Continue reading

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Colorful Fashions for April, 1926

These Butterick patterns for April, 1926, were illustrated by Marie L. Britton. I did not record all the pattern information, but, based on other issues of Delineator magazine, the illustration style distinguishes between dresses for women (usually sized up to … Continue reading

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