A zipper in the ’30s would most likely be found along the side seam and is always metal.
1940s: The zipper is accepted in women’s clothing, horray!
While the serged seam had been around since the early 1900s, the serger machine became more affordable for at-home dressmakers in the ’60s, thus women adopted the serged seam to leave behind a clean, crisp finish to their work.
UNFINISHED SEAMS: If the piece has unfinished, frayed seams there’s a good chance it was made before the ’50s since both pinking shears and serger machines weren’t available to at-home seamstresses.
Bakelite was invented in 1909 as the first ever synthetic plastic.Kiki's Rewind Designs are created by Christine Ramsey, a life-long seamstress and avid fabric collector who is passionate about vintage textiles. I wrote about eight easy ways to identify your garment as vintage, which helped you to recognize whether that great maxi dress you thrifted was actually from the ’70s or was just a 2012 lookalike.1920s: Zippers were invented in the late 1800s but weren’t used in clothing until the 1920s, and only in men’s trousers and children’s clothing because they were considered for women to wear!Reason being that a zipper made it too easy to take one’s clothes off, thus only “easy” women would ever want to wear a garment with one!
1970s – TODAY: Plastic zippers found along the center back of a garment officially reign supreme — and are what we’re left with today!