I’m kicking off this November month of the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of drawings of fashions from the 1920’s that have bows at their neck. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Twenties as pictured in Sears Catalogs. I tend to think of 20’s fashion as being to obviously historical for me to be interested in incorporating them into my wardrobe, but as I looked for these pictures I had more and more thoughts about replicating some for myself! These first blouses were from an advertisement for Smocks and Middies, although I don’t know what the difference between a smock and a middie is. Anyone know?
These percale and gingham house dresses have small bows tied in contrasting ribbon below large collars. Doesn’t the simple bow nicely set off the doubled lace collar on the dress on the left? I’m actually pretty enamored with the left dress. Big functional pockets, decorative rows of buttons, piped waistband, what’s not to like?!
The bow neck blouses, featured in a skirt advertisement, both have large draping collars. The left is tied in a bow while the right has a simple, small bow tied in a contrasting color on top of the larger collar.
These Admiral brand Middy Blouses show off a naval influence in sailor blouses. You can find examples of sailor style tops coming out of almost any decade, but it’s certainly neat to compare different design details on a selection of very similar blouses all coming from the same time.
Several of these high fashion dresses inspired by New York and Paris feature large flounces at the neck, and I’m going to count them as bows :) These are from the late 20’s and you can see style elements that we typically associate with 30’s – they’re starting be a bit more form fitted, taking advantage of bias fabric. And look at those hemlines. You can almost see their knees!
This selection of dresses is market to the “High School Miss” and are made in junior sizes. The left two dresses feature very long bows, draping to the low waist, while the right two are a bit more subtle.
Stay tuned throughout the month for more inspiring bow neck blouses and dresses from other decades!