Another simply cut but attractive tunic blouse appeared in this color illustration:
We’ll take a closer look at that one in a minute….. You may have guessed that “tunic” means an over layer that is shorter than the rest of the outfit. But the one below is not called a tunic blouse — it’s just a “dress.”
It took me a while to realize that Delineator was selling patterns, so the patterns which included all the layers were described as “dress” patterns, and those that only contained the top layer were “tunic blouse” patterns. That way, the buyer knew she would have to buy a separate pattern (or use one she already had) for the longest layer, which was usually made as a slip — but with fashion fabric rather than lingerie fabric.
The Tunic look had been very important in the 1910s:
Then, the longer layer of the outfit might be part of the skirt pattern or part of a blouse (called a “waist”) pattern. Or it could be sold as a complete tunic dress pattern:
This version of the tunic look appeared in 1921:
“A blouse of the sort with a suitable slip makes a complete costume. The Florentine neck and wide sleeves are particularly smart.”
In 1922, a variety of tunic blouses were on offer.
I especially like the surprise of bright yellow lining on this black velvet tunic. The bands on the sleeves seem to be embroidered with birds.
That dress almost makes me forget that most women would look like a sack of potatoes in it — a beautiful, black velvet, embroidered sack ….
Those very wide sleeves were also typical of 1922 — they deserve (and will get) a post of their own.
“An elastic can be run through a casing at the low waistline. If transparent, the blouse is worn over a slip; otherwise a skirt will do.”
I’ve written before on the tunic as a transition to shorter styles. These tunics are from January, 1925.
As skirts rose to knee length in the later 1920s, the knee-length tunic became irrelevant.
This tunic blouse appeared in 1930, another time of hemline transition: