It hasn’t escaped my notice that many vintage sewing patterns from the late 1940s were full of small, finer details… lots of gathers, shirrs and darts in unusual places. I can’t help but wonder whether the technical elements of some of these patterns were more than a talking point by the wearer, but also a testament to their own skills at dressmaking (which most women in those days were acquainted). A simple style, whilst attractive might have seemed too plain and “easy”. I wonder if more detailed dresses were a symbol of status. Either you were talented or you had a talented dressmaker (and had the money to pay for one)?
Butterick 5325 from about 1950 is a lovely example of small, “finer” details, shirred accents at the shoulders and more shirring as a decorative feature at one hip.