These Spring dresses for “Teens and Twenties” are pretty sophisticated. Either would be a good choice for the office, as well as for the campus. Both have yokes that continue into the sleeves, a modest flare near the hem, and flattering vertical lines in their skirts.
Pattern 6629 has an unusual pointy design in the bodice — I think it’s a terrific look, and would also work with the yoke and sleeves in a lighter color than the body of the dress — a very flattering style if you want your shoulders to look wider and your hips to look narrower.
Look at the interesting backs of 6629 and 6623:
The “town” version of this pattern is a classic: variations of this dress with a yoke and stitched-down pleats were available in almost every decade that followed. Here’s a 1950’s Vogue pattern with yoke and pleats; Here‘s a 1970’s Chanel; a 1980’s Chanel, a Vogue pattern from the 1980’s, a YSL from the 1990’s….
I’m not absolutely sure what “size 20” translates to in 1936 — probably a 38 inch bust, since many patterns say “sizes 12 to 20; ladies 38 to 44.” Ladies’ sizes were sold by bust measurement and were for women over 5′ 4″ or so — as if women were never both short and in need of a 42″ bust measure….
In 1936, the Butterick sizes that I checked on the CoPA site were:
Size 14: Bust 32″, Waist 27, Hip 35
Size 16: Bust 34″, Waist 28, Hip 37
Size 18: Bust 36″, Waist 30, Hip 39
In addition to these dresses, WHC recommended this town or country suit as the third pattern for a six part wardrobe:
The idea behind all three patterns was that, by making two versions of each, you would have a complete wardrobe of casual and dressy outfits. You could even combine the suit jacket with the dresses. And it’s true that making two dresses from the same pattern is a real time-saver. Once you have finished one dress from a pattern, the second version, in different fabric, goes together very quickly.