Sometimes a minor fashion detail will catch my eye as I browse through photos. I don’t think this one was a major fashion trend, but it does show up enough for me to make quite a collection of examples. Scalloped hems had been seen in the 1920s, but these button tabs seem to be a 1929 – 1931 feature. They are shown on women and children.
Sometimes they appear on skirts.
Sometimes they are bound with bias fabric contrasting with the dress; sometimes they are lined but not outlined. See above. (And sometimes it’s had to tell which from the illustrations….)
I think the dark outline of the scallops is not bias binding, but the artist’s attempt to show a shadow. The tabs on the skirt hold a pleat in place. They probably don’t unbutton.
I’m not sure how popular bias-bound scalloped button tabs would have been with home stitchers…. It’s relatively easy to make a scalloped edge when it is finished with the garment’s lining, like the hem of this blue dress:
Aprons and cotton dresses often had scalloped hems bound with contrasting bias tape.
This apron from 1931 uses bias tape for trim and to bind the edges of hem, neckline, armholes and waist ties.
The curved part of the scallop is easy to bind, but the points where the curves meet take some practice.
Scalloped button tabs appeared in Delineator in November, 1929:
There are subtle differences, like the color of the attached scarf and the size of the buttons.
It’s likely that many of these scalloped button tabs were purely decorative, and the dresses opened under the arm, along the side seam.
Scallops showed up on house dresses…
And on suits…
Scallops had long been popular on girls’ clothes.
The next illustration gives us a combination of scallops and straight lines! Probably artistic license….
Occasionally the button tabs took on an angular, zig-zag quality:
This stylish scalloped version comes from December, 1931:
That’s all, folks!