Patterns for October Brides. Delineator, October 1925.
The classic 1920’s roses embroidered on this simple beaded dress show both luxury in ornamentation and simplicity in style. It is just one of seven October wedding dresses from Butterick, including one recommended for very young brides, and one that was available up to size 48 bust.
Butterick patterns 6362 and 6360, Delineator, October 1925, pg. 32.
Butterick 6362, October 1925. Made in colored fabric, this pattern would serve as an afternoon or evening dress.
In illustrations, it’s not always easy to distinguish between a line of beads or a line of topstitching. The zigzag edges of No. 6362 are probably an indication of picot edging, a typical 1920’s hem for chiffon. Spaced beads were sometimes used, but their weight would affect the hang of the draped panels.
You can see a picot edge on the collar, and spaced beading on the edge of a side panel on the blouse of this suit, circa 1917. Thanks to B. Murray for permission to photograph.
Butterick wedding dress No. 6360, October 1925. The sheer sleeves may be removed and the armhole cut down to make an evening dress after the wedding. This pattern was available up to size 48 inches bust measurement.
Wedding gowns from Butterick patterns 6224, 6175, and 6146. October 1925, Delineator. They are as short as ordinary day dresses.
Butterick 6224, with embroidery transfer 10285 for the rose worked in pearls on a satin or silk crepe dress. Delineator, Oct. 1925.
Wedding dress No. 6175, Butterick, Oct. 1925, Delineator pg. 34. Her bouquet looks like a dead fox, but I like the subtle beading (?) around the top and seams of the lace flounce.
Wedding dress No. 6146, Butterick pattern; Delineator, October 1925.
Butterick 6349 was for a “very young bride” (or a small woman), and only available in sizes 15 to 20 years. Even in satin, it looks rather sporty! Click to see the pattern envelope illustrations– which do not suggest that it is a wedding dress.
It’s noteworthy that all seven of these 1925 wedding dresses are just below knee-length — shorter than most day dresses earlier in 1925. Not one is a full length gown. Some have short sleeves — not suitable for a church wedding, but popular for informal weddings at a private home. Some can be used as ordinary evening dresses, and all but one are available in sizes up to a 44″ bust measurement (and one is bigger.)
The veils range from clouds of tulle to a lace mantilla, from a headband to a tiara.
Bridal veils and wedding headdresses, Delineator, October 1925.
This dress, which began the post, was the featured illustration:
Wedding pattern 6227, Butterick, October 1925.
Butterick 6227, October 1925.
Butterick Bridal Gown 6227, Delineator, Oct. 1925, pg. 34. An all-over pattern of stylized roses — “work in beads” — might be a mother’s labor of love….
In an alternate view, No. 6227 has long, sheer sleeves, tied at the wrist, and a wider hip sash.
Here are the back and alternate views:
Back and alternate views, Butterick 6360, 6175, 6227, 6145, from 1925.
Back and alternate views, Butterick 6349, 6224, 6362, from 1925.
6362 has quite a pretty back, while most of the other wedding dresses depend on their veils for back interest.
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