As I browse through images from Delineator magazine, I notice odd trends, like these cross-over button plackets from 1930 to 1933. They seem rather complicated, and I’m glad I don’t have to figure out their construction.
The tricky bit on some, like the two pictured above, is that the part of the dress with the buttonholes on top is different on the bodice and the skirt. If the bodice buttons left over right, the skirt buttons right over left, and vice versa.
The dress with a sort of zig-zag front closing is also seen with the bodice and skirt overlaps going in the same direction:
The idea seems to be inspired by a couture dress from Patou, which was sketched for Delineator in May of 1930.
This approach, with one side of the dress clearly overlapping the other on both bodice and skirt, is easy to understand.
It was recommended for older and larger women:
The dress below really has a lot happening — the multi-closing, overlapping front pushed to extremes: **
But Butterick had not given up on the really difficult “right over left/ left over right” look. In 1933 two versions of this blouse were featured:
Below, center, is another 1933 cross-over dress, with the top and skirt appearing to button in different directions:
** One possibility is that many 1930s’ garments had a side seam closing, which was almost never shown on the pattern illustrations. That would allow some of these button closings to be purely decorative. Till I actually see one of these “left over right, right over left” garments, I can only speculate.