While writing about patterns illustrated as wedding gowns in Delineator magazine, October 1925, I recalled that Delineator (owned by Butterick Publishing Company) sometimes illustrated a pattern as an evening or afternoon dress in one issue, and then illustrated it as a wedding dress in a later issue. So I went looking for different versions of the seven “wedding” dresses from October.
These two evening dresses were illustrated as wedding gowns in the same issue — in fact, on the reverse side of the same page:
Here’s a closer look:
The evening dress description was a little different from the wedding version (see “October Brides”, posted Oct. 16th.)
The description of it as a bridal dress did suggest that it could be altered after the wedding and worn as an evening dress. Evening dresses usually had lower necks and lower armholes than day dresses.
As a wedding dress, it has covered arms (the sleeves were attached to the slip) and a higher neckline. For evening, it’s accessorized with necklaces and a very big feather fan (above right.}
Butterick 6349 also appeared in the October issue as a wedding dress and as a casual dress:
The skirt of the wedding version looks a little more flared, probably because satin is a stiffer fabric. It also looks shorter to me — again, perhaps that’s due to the droop of a softer material on the right.
As I expected, I found other “bridal” patterns illustrated as evening dresses in the previous month’s magazine. This one was impressive in both versions:
I only found five of the seven October Brides’ patterns in day or evening versions — perhaps because I simply didn’t photograph them. Why some dresses had bridal potential and others didn’t is not clear to me. If one of these two dresses could be adapted to a wedding, why not the other?
I wondered about this rose-trimmed dress, too — until I realized that it was born to dance: