Delineator, July 1917, top of page 51. Butterick patterns.
I’ve been collecting images of women’s blouses from 1917; this particular page shows such a variety of skirts, blouses and hats that it deserves a closer look.
Butterick Blouse-Waist 9203, Delineator, July 1917.
This blouse was also featured in a color illustration in June:
Left, Butterick Blouse-Waist 9203, Delineator, June 1917.
And in a different version in August:
Butterick 9203, as illustrated in August 1917.
The same blouse, trimmed with filet crochet lace. July 1917. in 1917 a blouse could be called a “waist,” a “blouse,” a “blouse-waist,” or a “shirt-waist.”
Butterick 9203 was shown with a relatively simple stitched-down pleat skirt (No. 9276) , but the skirt was enhanced with a checked cotton belt and matching checked border:
Butterick skirt 9276 and bag 10625. July 1917.
Blouse 9203 could be made with a high-necked insert; the blouse has a sailor collar in back. The posture of 1917 is very high-waisted in back — caused by the shape of the corset.
Four “blouse-waists” and one “shirt-waist,” Butterick 9153. July 1917.
I’ve spent hours trying to figure out the difference between a blouse, a blouse-waist, and a shirtwaist. I haven’t found any consistency yet. Sometimes a “blouse” is pulled on over the head, and sometimes a “shirt-waist” has a button front, but — not always. More about that on another day.
Butterick skirt 9281, July 1917.
This view shows blouse 9280 in a single breasted version, with an optional high neck and the popular sailor collar in back. Skirt 9281.
Shirt-waist 9513 and blouse-waist 9116. Butterick’s Delineator magazine, July 1917. No. 9116 has “the new collarless neck.” The hat at right looks very much like a flower pot.
Blouse-waist 9116 with skirt 9290. Women who were not comfortable wearing the relatively new bare necklines could make the blouse with a high collar instead.
Both skirts have interesting details. The medieval-influenced belt at right isn’t included.
Butterick skirt patterns 9266, left; and 9290, right. This was the era of the “barrel” skirt; wide hips were in style.
Shirt-waist 9513 and blouse-waist 9116. Butterick’s Delineator magazine, July 1917.
Another sailor collar.
Not related to these patterns — except for its sailor collar — is this vintage embroidered lace waist.
Another high-necked blouse option, sailor collar, and a back view of the skirt with gathers above its waist.
And the “most unusual hat” award goes to….
Summer hat, 1917. She also has “bee-stung” lips, usually associated with the 1920s.