These blouses from 1932 and 1933 continue to popularize the use of separates, possibly for office wear, possibly because a blouse is easier to launder in a wash-basin than a dress, and probably because a blouse takes less fabric. The ability to get several looks from the same two or three blouses and one or two skirts might be another attraction in the scarce-money days of the 1930’s.
A few of the blouses shown below, all from 1932 or 1933, plus two or three skirts or suits, would combine to make a really extensive wardrobe. The skirts of 1932 -1933 were long.
First, Butterick blouses and tops from 1932:
Although this next set of tops are called jackets, they are so brief they might be worn with skirts or beach pajamas.
In case you noticed, three fabric hats made from Butterick pattern 4472 accompany the jacket illustrations.
1933 was also a good year for blouses, beginning in January. All are Butterick patterns featured in Delineator magazine.
The February report on Paris Fashions says dressy blouse 4922 in “saffron yellow rough crepe” would look good “over any table, bridge or luncheon.” Blouse 4922 in “light gray lawn … with a schoolboy collar and tie” is paired with a dark gray wool wrap-around skirt, 4914.
The cover of Butterick Fashion Quarterly showed another short jacket, Butterick 4888, and a wonderful pair of button front beach pajamas, Butterick 3884.
Here is a clearer image of both, from Delineator, July 1933.
However, I’m getting ahead of myself; more blouses were shown in the April issue of Delineator:
[Full at the top, fitted at the bottom: 1890’s sleeves.]
Digression: I’ve written before about the popularity of collars which could make one dress look like a wardrobe. On the same page was Butterick collar pattern 5072. Imagine these Depression Era collars transforming a simple dress or a sweater.
Some Thirties’ dress patterns even came with interchangeable collars.
Back to Blouses: In May, Delineator was writing about borrowing masculine styles for feminine clothing:
For men, there was a brief fad for short mess jackets — copied from the military — in 1934.
I’ll leave blouses from 1934 for another day.