1920s Dance Set Sewing Pattern bust sizes 32-44 Ladies Home Journal reproduction

Pattern Number: 6223


Dated to August 1929

The bust sizes range from 32″-44″ and B, C, and D cups. The hip sizes range from 35 1/2″-48″

There are 8 pattern pieces in this set.

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1920s Dance Set Sewing Pattern bust sizes 32-44 Ladies Home Journal reproduction

Pattern Number: 6223


Dated to August 1929

The bust sizes range from 32″-44″ and B, C, and D cups. The hip sizes range from 35 1/2″-48″

There are 8 pattern pieces in this set.

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Why Choose This Pattern?

This 1920s Dance Set sewing pattern was originally published by Ladies Home Journal under their Home Pattern Co alias
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We date Pattern 6223 to August 1929

On the packaging, the pattern is described as a "Ladies' and Misses Dance Set, consisting of a Side-Closing Bandeau. Two-Piece Panties and Pointed Yokes and Reinforced Facings Underneath Top for Garter Supporters and Reinforced at Crotch."

The late 1920s Ladies' and Misses Dance Set reflects the fashion and societal changes of the Jazz Age, an era marked by the flapper movement and a liberation from previous conservative norms.

Here's a detailed description of each component of the set provided by ChatGPT in June 2024,

"Side-Closing Bandeau
- **Design:** The bandeau is a simple, strapless brassiere designed to support the bust. The side-closing feature, typically with hook-and-eye closures, allows for a snug fit and ease of wear.
- **Fabric:** Made from lightweight materials like silk or cotton, often with lace or embroidered details.
- **Function:** Provides minimal support compared to modern bras, suitable for the dance and social activities of the era. It aligns with the trend towards a more natural silhouette and less restrictive undergarments.

Two-Piece Panties
- **Design:** The panties are high-waisted, reaching up to the natural waistline, with a loose fit around the hips and thighs. The two-piece aspect may refer to the front and back panels joined at the sides.
- **Side-Closure:** Similar to the bandeau, the panties also feature side closures for ease of dressing, typically with buttons or hook-and-eye fasteners.
- **Fabric:** Lightweight and breathable materials like cotton or silk, often decorated with lace or small bows.
- **Function:** Provides modest coverage while allowing for ease of movement, reflecting the active lifestyle of women in the 1920s.

Pointed Yokes
- **Design:** Pointed yokes are a distinctive style feature, typically found at the waistband of the panties or at the top edge of the bandeau. The yoke is a shaped piece of fabric that helps to contour the garment to the body.
- **Aesthetic:** The pointed yokes add a decorative element, often highlighted with contrasting fabrics, embroidery, or lace.
- **Function:** Beyond aesthetics, yokes help to distribute the garment’s weight more evenly and enhance the fit, contributing to comfort and freedom of movement.

Overall Style and Function
- **Fashion Influence:** The design reflects the influence of the Art Deco movement, characterized by geometric shapes and clean lines. The pointed yokes are an example of this aesthetic.
- **Social Context:** This dance set represents the shift towards more relaxed and practical clothing for women, driven by the cultural liberation of the 1920s. It allowed women to engage more freely in dancing and social activities, emblematic of the flapper lifestyle.

This dance set is a testament to the changing attitudes toward women's fashion and body autonomy in the late 1920s, combining functionality with the stylish trends of the era."

This Ladies' Home Journal pattern published under the brand name of the Home Pattern Company states that their patterns are the "Easiest of all patterns to use."
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This is a Multi-Sized size pattern designed for a late 1920s woman with bust size ranging from 32”-44”. B, C and D cups are included.

There are 8 pattern pieces in this set.
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Fabric Requirements all using 45”
Bust 32" - 36" is 1-7/8 Yds.
Bust 38" - 40" is 2 3/8 Yds.
Bust 42" - 44" is 2 7/8 Yds.

Lace Banding all using 45"
Bust 32” - 34” uses 3 ¾ Yds
Bust 36” - 44” uses 4 Yds

Suggested Fabrics can be found in the ChatGPT quote above. Our founder, Saundra Altman, suggests in the documentation, "The silk used for the Dance Set in the 1920s did not ravel. Today's silk may ravel." Please keep this in mind when purchasing fabrics.
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The package includes a copy of the artwork and a sizing chart on the front cover. On the back cover is the "Minerva Guide" (aka layout guide) and a material requirements chart. Inside are pattern layout for cutting and a copy of the original instructions along with our edits that we made during the grading process. Our instructions cover both Making the Garment and Cutting Materials. The patterns are on a 36" wide sheet and are hand-drawn, emulating the originals.
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Our patterns are printed on 20 lb. white paper and packaged in a reusable plastic. We always attempt to offer the most reasonable shipping rates for domestic and international orders. Multi item purchases are automatically adjusted for combined shipping.
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Additional information

Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 13 × 10 × 2 in

Sizing Information

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