Friday, January 29, 2010

Butterick 1629 - Ladies' One-Piece House Dress

About 1920.

The design of the crossed collar which buttons into the waist belt is odd, particularly in a hue darker than the dress itself, but the sailor's collar is very common at this period, and is a first cousin to the collars found on middy blouses, commonly worn at this period for casual, sporting, or athletic use.

Outside of the peculiar collar, this is a nice design. The button front means that the dress can be opened out for ironing.  The tucks on either side of the front and on the back add some practical fulness as well as provide an attractive vertical line.

At this time, Butterick's instruction sheet, hasn't yet been titled "The Deltor," though Butterick has applied for a patent for it.

By 1921, Butterick was advertising the advantages of The Deltor with a full page advertisement in the February 1921 issue of Everybody's Magazine:


Diane Shiffer said...

Oh Andrea, you do love to torture me, don't you?

What a sweet little dress this is. and personally i love that little cross-over collar. It remind me of those sweaters they wore in the mid-1800's, or even those kinds of white linen things that girls or servants sometimes wore over their dresses in the Regency era. Of course I haven't a clue as to what either of those garments were called, but no matter;)

Vande Historic Costuming said...

That is a striking house dress - lovely collar detail! It does transform the dress from very drab to really quite attractively trimmed, and very simply. Yummy!
Thanks for sharing!