I’m always excited when there is verifiable, solid information about how ordinary people in the past lived, dressed and went about their business. For instance, what happened in their lives during milestone events such as weddings – specifically, the making of the wedding dress. I am fascinated by this post from Witness2Fashion, and that is why I am re-blogging it here with permission. Read and enjoy! Samina
Left, Butterick Starred Pattern 5299, a copy of the wedding dress worn by actress Helen Twelvetrees in Disgraced; right, a vintage wedding dress made from this pattern.
Some time ago I wrote about Butterick Starred Patterns. As far as I know, only twelve Starred Patterns were issued; they were exact copies of movie costumes by top film designers.
Left, still photos from a Bette Davis movie; lower right, two Butterick “Starred” sewing patterns that are exact copies of her costumes. Delineator, 1933.
Star Helen Twelvetrees modeled a wedding gown designed by Travis Banton in this Paramount movie. Delineator, 1933.
Wonderful Liza D at Better Dresses Vintage recently acquired a vintage wedding gown …
Vintage wedding gown discovered by Liza D, photographed on a very tall mannequin.
…along with the Butterick pattern used to make it.
Butterick Starred Pattern 5299, from 1933. Someone wrote “Dots Wedding Dress”…
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