Two designers showing strongly banded dresses were featured in Delineator‘s January report from Paris. And a strongly banded Butterick pattern appeared in the same issue.
The designer dress by Lanvin has a “silver girdle” molding the hips and its “divided front tunic” is trimmed with silver, perhaps silver stitching. (Custom embroidery is still a mark of couture.)
Striking, contrasting bands down the center front give impact to this Butterick pattern (right) from January 1926:
“Crepe satin used with its reverse side” would give a very subtle effect; here, chiffon velvet seems to be suggested, although applying those straight bands to velvet would not be easy sewing. Heavy crepe de Chine would be an easier-to-handle choice.
The flared sleeves of Butterick 6543 are very like the Lanvin couture design, although the bands ate placed differently.
Here is the alternate view of patterns 6561 and 6543:
Note the short-sleeved summer version of 6543; the suggested border print fabric would make a dress that looked very different from its dark winter version.
Happy New Year, 1926!
This banded evening dress by Jenny was also illustrated in January 1926 — It’s not for the timid:
In “orchid pink crepe satin embroidered with pink pearls and blue flowers worked at hip and shoulder,” it would be modified to suit the woman who ordered it. It was probably available in other color choices — and with a sheer “modesty” insert in the deep V neckline, if required.
For a much less elaborate Butterick dress from 1926 — which used a slimming contrast tie to good effect, see 6553, at right:
The long ties are important to the effect of these dresses, distracting from the horizontal line at the hips, adding the illusion of width to the shoulders and drawing our eyes up, closer to the face.
Butterick 6559 (left) makes good use of a border print.
Wishing you a very happy 2019!