Vintage 1920s clothing: See 44 fall & winter fashions from 1922, and how they were made

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Here are six full-color fashion layouts — with 44 different outfits — as published in The Delineator during 1922.

While this vintage print magazine included a variety of articles and advertisements, it was produced by the Butterick Publishing Company, and therefore exclusively featured Butterick clothing patterns in their fashion spreads.

Below, take a peek at how beautifully-made women’s clothing was back in the 1920s.

For more classic fashion from the twenties, check out Vintage Women: Adult Coloring Book #3: Vintage Fashion from the Early 1920s and Vintage Women: Adult Coloring Book #7: Vintage Fashion Layouts from the Early 1920s.

20 vintage women’s clothing fashions for fall 1922

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20 vintage women’s clothing fashions for winter 1922

There is a new sparkle to clothes this winter that touches them with life and fire — the gleam of cut-steel shoe-buckles, of jewel-like ornaments catching up the lovely folds of a dress, of the long earrings swaying from half-hidden ears.

The sporting character of the sleeveless chemise dress, for so long equally at home in the drawing-room and on the tennis court, is changing perceptibly, and it looks quite as if “ladies” were coming into fashion again, bringing with them the ripple of godets and the elegance of draperies. Even the young girl is less casual in her dress.

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Her street frocks are crisp with fresh-laid plaits and in her afternoon and evening frocks her delicate neck and shoulders are made more lovely by lace, deep berthas of rose point on a black velvet bodice or of silver lace caught up with old-blue ribbon over the apricot velvet of her dancing-frock. It is a picture style and very delightful.

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The jacket blouse and the blouse jacket have elbowed their way well to the front of the Fifth Avenue windows and New York almost killed a very charming style with the kindness of its enthusiastic reception.

The jacket and the blouse are twins so much alike that their own mother-designer has difficulty in telling them apart.

In many cases, they can be used interchangeably, but as the weather grows colder the blouse jacket is more and more made of the fur cloths and heavier clokies, while the jacket blouse appears in the matelasses, crepe silks and velvets.

The jacket blouse is extremely smart in satin or crepe embroidered with tinsel threads. The dark spice brown is very lovely worked in copper, while antique gold is used on cocoa color and steel or silver on black.

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The blouses of brocaded and printed crepes and embossed velvet make very elegant costumes worn with draped or circular skirts.

The blouse jacket is distinctly French in white or platinum-colored caracul fabric or gray astrakhan cloth with a straight wrap-around skirt or dress of black cloth. The same jacket can also be worn with draped or circular dresses.

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4133 — A deep shawl collar of fur is becoming on a raglan coat for motoring or hack wear. For such a Winter coat, tweeds, mixtures, double-faced coatings, homespun, camel’s hair, herring-bone, cheviots, polo cloth or checks are the serviceable materials to use. This coat may be made in a shorter length if you prefer.

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4135 — December’s girl wears a double-breasted box-coat over a three-piece skirt. For this suit use tweeds, homespun, serge or soft twills. The monogram is distinctive. Work it in satin stitch, outline or French stemming and seed-stitch.

4132 — This one piece dress is wholly charming in its simplicity. In soft twills, serge, homespun, tweeds, etc., it is smart. It slips on over the head and may omit the body lining if you wish. The embroidery may furnish the splash of color. Work it in outline stitch, couching and chain-stitch, or a combination of satin-stitch and outline.

4121 — Even the one-piece dress with a Russian closing has fallen under the spell of drapery at the front. The back of this dress blouses gracefully and there may be a body lining. Use wool repp, wool poplin, soft twills, tricotine, serge or broadcloth, etc. The peasant embroidery is smart. Work the design in a combination of cross-stitch and beading.

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4134 — A long collar, preferably of fur, plaits at the side, and ornaments at a low waistline are the achievements of a dress with a one-piece front. The sleeves are cut in to a cuff in a distinctive manner. There may be a body lining. Make the dress of soft twills, tricotine, serge, wool crepe or silk crepes, etc.

4136 — Bands, fagotted together, are a distinctive hand-made trimming for a dress of the slip-over type. The straight skirt is draped and joins the body at a low waistline, and the dress opens under the left arm. There may be a long body lining with marking for a camisole top. Use satin crepes, silk crepes or heavy crepe de Chine, etc., or use satin crepe with lace or Georgette sleeves, etc.

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4096 — The jacket blouse in mat elastic, chiffon velvet, etc., can be worn either as a jacket or as a blouse over a two-piece circular skirt. This skirt has a 1-inch inside belt. Allover embroidery is effective. Work it in one-stitch. Lower edge of skirt in straight-around outline.

4097 — Peasant embroidery is the fashionable trimming for a one-piece dress of this type, and the vestee may be in a contrasting material. It slips on over the head and may omit the body lining. Use wool jersey, wool Sponge, tweeds, etc. Work the embroidery in cross-stitch.

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