Dating in the 1940s
KEEP IT TOGETHER – fasteners Men’s dress trousers continue to have button flies through the 1940s. Vintage slips, bras, and garters have metal hardware, not plastic.
Belt loops on men’s pants were first used in the early 1920s, coexisting with suspender buttons for years. SEW AND SEW The first practical sewing machine was invented in 1829 and was used to produce French army uniforms.
Some still call all overlock stitches “merrow,” but only a 2- and 3-thread overlock is actually a merrow stitch.
Men’s suits lost their vest and became two-piece in the U. MATERIAL WORLD – about fabrics 18th century silk brocade with white ground usually indicates English manufacture while yellow ground usually indicates French manufacture.
Rayon, or artificial silk, is a semi-synthetic fabric processed from cellulose (wood) fibers. Various formulations are known as viscose (English process), Modal, and lyocell. It was used extensively for lingerie and dresses until the 1950s, when nylon became popular.
Short, center-back neck zippers – mostly 1930s-1940s. Coil (plastic) zippers – invented in 1940, but not in common use until the early 1960s.
The zigzag machine was patented in 1873 by Helen Blanchard, but a model for home use, manufactured by Italian company Necchi, was not available to consumers until 1947.