Vintage 1920s clothing: See 62 summer 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 the summer of 1922.

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

Vintage womens’ clothing styles in the summer of 1922

By Evelyn Dodge – The Delineator – June, July & August 1922

The shop windows are full of country clothes — white wool sports capes, softly fringed; white crepe silk capes over white crepe silk dresses; little white sandals with scarlet heels; wide hats of transparent straw, orange or scarlet by preference, wreathed with fruit and flowers; scarlet in the cire girdles of summer dresses, in the new sleeveless jackets worn over summer dresses, in belts, and bathing-suits, in parasols and hand-bags.

Stylish women in 1922

A cursory inspection of the windows of the smart Fifth Avenue shops indicates clearly that New York is prepared to follow Paris along Russian lines.

One sees Russian dresses trimmed quite simply with rows of flat braid at the side closing, boat-shaped neck and irregular hems. One that was shown recently in the early Fifties was of pale platinum gray linen with dark-blue braid, small blue buttons and neat pockets bound with the braid.

Also a la russe are the blouses, some of them straight and shirtlike, others with the characteristic peasant neck and full sleeve, but all of them heavily laden with Russian cross-stitch embroidery.

Red and dark blue, red and yellow, or red with blue or black are the peasant colors for cross-stitch and generally appear on white or linen blue.

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Quite smart, though less typical, is wood-brown cross-stitching on yellow, or scarlet on pale gray, but the bright peasant colors are very gay and pretty with the softly fringed white homespun skirts.

The sports blouse of French origin drawn into a band at the hip is being shown by all the shops that make a specialty of the new so-called sports clothes.

It is something like a sublimated middy blouse, but trimmer and smarter than the middy ever thought of being. It’s very good looking as part of an all-white dress, with the collar, band and skirt trimmed with vivid color.

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3760 — A sleeve attempts a number of things these days and the very newest exploit is their masquerade as a cape as in this frock.

This dress slips on over the head and has a straight skirt in one with the front and back. It may be made without the cape sleeve and have a blouse body lining.

Make the dress of silk crepes, crepe de Chine, cotton crepe, crepe voile all one color or in two colors, or of crepe meteor, crepe satin, charmeuse all one material or with silk crepe, or of crepe jersey all one color, in two colors, or with silk crepe, etc.

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3726 — What dreams of cool nights of midsummer loveliness this frock suggests! The straight front and back tunics fall gracefully at the side and join the blouse at a low waistline marked with fabric flowers.

This dress slips on over the head and closes under the left arm. There may be a long body lining marked for a camisole top.

Use silk crepes, crepe de Chine, crepe meteor, crepe satin, charmeuse, Georgette or foulard for this dress. Attractive color combinations are sapphire blue with gray, light orchid with dark orchid, or pearl gray used with coral pink.

3735-10925 — The beauty of this one-piece chiffon gown lies in its long and lovely lines. The side panels and the slight fullness at the front are becoming.

This frock slips on over the head and has a straight lower edge, and it may have an elastic in a casing at a low waistline or a blouse body lining.

The large motifs on the side panels are effective and simple to embroider. Work the design in one-stitch or bugle beads. Suitable materials for this dress are silk crepes, crepe de Chine, crepe satin, crepe meteor, foulard or cotton crepe.

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3746 — The “candy-stripe” dress is cool for Summertime wear. The vest with its piquant vestee and the cuffs as well as the trimming bands on the skirt are a pleasing contrast in color.

The dress may be made with a blouse body lining and has a straight skirt which joins on to a blouse at a low waistline. Suitable materials for this dress are gingham, cotton prints, dimity, cotton crepe, crepe voile, taffeta, crepe de Chine, silk crepe, pongee or tub silks.

3772-10968 — Short sleeves are the newest type for summer frocks like this one. On this one-piece dress an ultra-long girdle marks the low waistline which may have a waistline elastic in a casing.

The dress slips on over the head and has a straight tawer edge. It may have a blouse body lining. The beading on the skirt is smart. Work the design in large beads or French-knot embroidery.

Make the dress of cotton crepe, cotton voile, or Georgette, silk crapes, crepe de Chine, crepe satin, crepe meteor or charmeuse.

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3734-3732-10895 — Even the jaunty jacket has acquired the short sleeve! This little coat may be made with or without sleeves and is worn over a one-piece dress.

The dress, which slips on over the head, has a straight lower edge and may have a blouse body lining or an elastic in a casing at a low waistline. The appliqued flowers are new. Work them in a combination of beading or French-knot embroidery and one-stitch or bugle beads.

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20 vintage women’s fashions from July 1922

In the shop windows, under striped awnings and flower-boxes, gay with pink geraniums and Michaelmas daisies, dresses of organdy in the delicate shell colors of pale pink and mauve and yellow.

[They may also be] in the characteristically Parisian combination of pale-blue organdy trimmed with bands of dark blue and with a corsage bouquet of violet-colored organdy flowers with long sash ends of ribbon like a violet shadow on the skirt.

The organdies lend themselves to the period styles of spreading skirts, fichus and fichu-like collars, and their appeal is primarily to the young and slender girl with her short skirts still short in spite of the much ado Paris makes over longer dresses.

They are charming with wide-brimmed shadowy hats wreathed with flowers or with wide ribbon tied in long loops.

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3767 — Long lines may be familiar in clothes, but there are devious ways of introducing them in a new light.

This one-piece dress uses trimming bands of the same material as the dress and runs them down to the straight lower edge of the skirt. At the low waistline velvet ribbon makes a Grecian girdle.

The dress slips on over the head and has a waistline arrangement of elastic in a casing. Make the dress of crepe de Chine, silk crepes, crepe meteor, crepe satin, charmeuse, crepe jersey, etc., all one color or in two colors.

3794 — Even cottons may be cool in a tailored way, for a dress like this, which is a slip-over type, is nothing more than a long body joining a straight skirt. If you prefer, make it with a blouse body lining.

Silk crepes, crepe de Chine, Georgette, cotton voile, crepe voile or fine cotton crepe all one color, in two colors, or figured with plain arc suitable materials.

You may use taffeta all one material or a plain body with a checked skirt, cotton prints with a body of cotton crepe, etc., gingham with a cotton voile or chambray body, etc.

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3817-10880 — Summer clothes show a gay tattoo of brilliant designs, sometimes all over the long body as on this dress which is a slip-over type. Embroidery again appears on panels which with the straight skirt join the body at a low waistline.

If desired, you may omit the blouse body lining. A series of scrolls and diamond-shaped patterns forms the embroidery design. Work it in a combination of one-stitch or bugle bead embroidery and outline stitch.

Use silk crepes, crepe de Chine, crepe meteor, crepe satin, taffeta, etc., or use silk crepe in two colors, etc.

3561-3819 — That demure collar of the guimpe with sleeves to wear with her one-piece dress in jumper style may be made separately. The normal or low waistline of the guimpe suits if for a slip-over dress with its low waistline arranged with an elastic in a casing.

The sleeveless guimpe is worn with sweaters, suits and dresses. Use gingham, cotton homespun, chambray, cotton prints, dimity, crepe voile, cotton crepe, crepe jersey, etc., for the dress. For the guimpe use cotton voile, plain net, organdy, etc., with a net body.

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3787-10914 — Contrast is the secret of effectiveness on so many of the new clothes. In this one-piece dress, which slips on over the head, bands of different color are embroidered.

The low waistline may blouse from an elastic arrangement in a casing, or the dress may have a blouse body lining. The scroll design is attractive. Work it in one-stitch embroidery or bugle beads. Silk crepe, crepe de Chine, crepe satin, crepe meteor, charmeuse are suitable.

3808 — Waistlines may be lower yet, but usually there is a narrow string belt or girdle to restrain their down-falling propensity.

The soft fullness at the armhole varies the one-piece front of this dress, which slips on over the head. The straight skirt joins the long body of the dress in black and has a straight lower edge.

For those who do not like a blouse body lining there is provision for using elastic in a casing at the low waistline. Use silk crepes, taffeta, crepe de Chine, crepe meteor, crepe satin, charmeuse, or gingham, sports silks, crepe jersey, etc.

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22 vintage styles for women from August 1922

3836 — Wise frocks for Midsummer wear have cast aside superfluous appendages and come forth simply, short of sleeve and straight in line. Very often they add long, left-tying sashes which reach down below the hem of the dress.

This dress in the new Russian effect joins a straight skirt to the waist at a low waistline. It slips on over the head, and, if one prefers, may be made with a long body lining.

Make the dress of silk crepes, crepe de Chine, crepe meteor, crepe satin, soft taffeta, foulard, Georgette, silk voile, tissues, fine cotton crepe, crepe voile or cotton voile.

3839–3665–10954 — Many of the blouses we wear owe their origin to the land of the steppes. This blouse in Russian style marks its low waistline with a ribbon girdle or uses an elastic in a casing.

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It slips on over the head quite easily and adopts a new embroidered design. Work the design in a combination of cross-stitch embroidery and beading.

The hat is one of a set containing a type suitable for ribbon. Use crepe de Chine, silk crepes, crepe satin, crepe meteor, pongee, radium, cotton crepe, etc., and make the hat of satin, taffeta, etc.

3841 — 10968 — When a bright silk and vivid beads conspire to trim a Summer frock of the slip-over type, the effect is altogether winning!

This dress conceals a closing under the left arm and its loose panels and straight skirt meet the dress’s upper half at a low waistline; or there may be a long body lining marked for a camisole top.

Silk crepes, crepe de Chine, cotton voile, swiss, organdy, fine cotton crepe used all one color, in two colors, or a figured with plain material are suitable choices; or use crepe satin or crepe meteor all one side of the material, or combining dull and shiny surface, etc.

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3875 — Panels, avowedly loose, suggest fuller skirts for the new dresses, but low waistlines are insistently determined to pre serve the straight silhouette.

The loose panels, the hem of the skirt, and the chiffon collar, cuffs and vestee of this one-piece frock are bound with plain silk. The dress is a slip-over type and may be made with a long tight sleeve. A blouse body lining is another possibility.

3842 — Lace is patrician, distinguishing a one-piece dress in the wide sleeves and loose side panels.

The best features of this dress, which slips on over the head, include a shoulder slightly wider than the average and a deep armhole where the sleeve is sewed into a long body lining. There may be an elastic in a casing arranged at the low waistline.

Use silk crepes or crepe de Chine with sleeves and panels of a harmonizing color, or figured crepes or silk with plain crepe or silk Georgette or chiffon for sleeves and panels, plain with figured crepes, etc.

3852 — Fabric trimming has wound its way into many of the new summer clothes. For this straight-lined, loosely bloused, simple type of dress it is a dignified trimming for the sleeves and lower part of the skirt.

A wide sash girdles the low waist line where the waist and the straight skirt meet. The dress has a long body lining and slips on over the head.

One may use crepe de Chine, silk crepes, crepe meteor, crepe satin, charmeuse, satin, taffeta, foulard or heavy cotton crepe, etc., for this dress. For a much more formal frock for later wear, chiffon or velvet is appropriate.

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3845 — Drapery is never in the dark concerning the laws of attractiveness. In accord with many of the French draped costumes, the drape centers itself at the left and places two ornaments at the low waistline of the dress.

The closing of this dress, which slips on over the head, comes under the left arm and the draped skirt joins the body at the waistline. One may include a long body lining with a possibility of a camisole top.

Make the dress of silk crepes, crepe de Chine, crepe meteor, crepe satin, moire, foulard, or of cotton crepe. This is the type of frock which will be suitable in chiffon or velvet to wear for evening this next season.

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