“These Slanting Lines Are for Slenderness.” Seven styles meant to flatter large or mature figures were featured on the same page.
Two of these designs were available up to bust size 48 inches. The rest came in the normal size range, up to 44 inches. Two “slenderizing” ideas were 1) diagonal lines and 2) lighter or brighter colors near the face, to draw the eye upward and away from the not-so-slender figure. I have my doubts about No. 4064:
It’s hard to tell whether the back view succeeds because of the diagonal line or the elongated fashion figure. Notice the tiny tucks fanning out like rays from the back neck. The six gored skirt has a side closing in front.
Butterick 4054 has an ingenious skirt, with “arrows” pointing to the center of the body.
Those little frills look skimpy to me, but the princess seams are very clever, making the shoulders lok wider and the hip, look narrower.
The lighter top and darker skirt (Butterick 4075 and 4052 ) is a classic combination, but may not be slenderizing when the dividing line is at the hip….
Nevertheless, that diagonal line and side opening skirt are interesting.
Also diagonal is this wrap dress:
In addition to its diagonal closing and front hip seam, a pale colored under layer draws attention to the face. The bodice, with its “soft revers,” has enough drape to camouflage a thick waist.Dress 4051 has an unusual collar which folds under, and a skirt whose yoke has sharp diagonal lines that add interest.
Velvet is the recommended fabric, not necessarily in black. Midnight blue, burgundy, dark brown, forest green –any dark color might be used.
Butterick 4044 also uses a jabot effect with diagonal lines in the skirt’s double yoke.
The yoke creates a focus of interest at the center of the body. It echoes the V of the bodice. Satin is suggested for both the light and dark areas.
There is a hint of the Twenties in this dress for older (or larger) women.
For larger sizes, a one color dress, rather than this two-tone version, is recommended. The “new unbelted waistline” is hardly new — they were still in style just two years earlier, in 1929.
[Fashion writing…. Feh!] Nevertheless, diagonal lines and lighter, brighter colors near the face are not just a Delineator fashion writer’s idea: