“Sunback” dresses and jackets, Butterick Fashion News, July 1948.
Are you ready for summer?
Summer dresses from 1948 often included a matching jacket or bolero cover-up.
Simplicity 2401 has an interesting lowered waistline; both dresses have jackets with flared peplums. Simplicity store flyer, April 1948.
Summer dresses from Simplicity, April 1948 are versatile because of their jackets. Left, strapless 2345; right, 2397, with appliqued flowers, is ready for picnics or shopping.
In 1948, strapless dresses were not suitable for church, but you could wear the little jacket to services and then head for an afternoon picnic or barbecue party without changing. Simplicity 2397 had a matching girl’s pattern, for mother-daughter dressing.
Right, Simplicity 2415 for girls. The jacket made this sundress more formal and also might limit sunburn.
The 1947 Dior influence is strong in many of these summer styles: long skirts, nipped waists, wide hips, and flared jackets.
Butterick 4564 was illustrated with a photo in the August 1948 store flyer.
Butterick 4564 as illustrated in the BFN flyer, July 1948. Without the jacket, it’s ready for dancing. (I wonder if it was ever used for the bridesmaids at informal weddings?)
Butterick 4493 is strapless, like Simplicity 2345, but the fitted Butterick jacket is more labor intensive.
“Wear it with the bolero for traveling to town.”
Another strapless dress, Butterick 4527. Butterick Fashion News, July 1948.
Notice the subtle advice: “with a jacket  can gad about the city;” in daytime, a strapless or very bare look was for private events, not public transportation or city streets.
Butterick 4611, for teens, has straps attached at center front and a jacket with flared peplum. BFN, August 1948. Note the gloves.
Butterick 4569, from July 1948, was still in style in the 1950s. I remember sundresses like this one, with a “cuff” over the breasts.
It “travels from country to town” because of the cover-up jacket. Here is is again (at right, below):
Left, coat dress 4574, July 1948. The jacket of the very severe suit on the right, Butterick 4569 (here in a different illustration) covers the sundress. Both of these styles were available in petite sized patterns.
Butterick 4574 was also illustrated twice in the July flyer:
Butterick 4574, a “bare-back camisole” dress, has narrow straps. Even in the late 1950s, dresses with very thin “spaghetti straps” were not allowed at my high school dances. However, the redingote makes it look “middle-aged” to me.
A bolero jacket with all-in-one sleeves was faster and easier to make, and worn by adults as well as children:
Butterick offered this ruffled sundress, No. 4497, with a cover-up bolero for girls; August 1948; BFN flyer.
A simple bolero for women from Simplicity, April 1948.
A jacket with sleeves is also nice at a backyard party when the sun goes down and the mosquitoes are biting…. Ah, those summer nights.