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.
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.
They were relatively small items and could be washed by hand in a sink or washbowl and ironed quickly.
The shirtwaist was a tailored blouse or shirt worn mainly by working-class women in the early years of the twentieth century.
The shirtwaist was often worn with a fitted or looser A-line long skirt.
Even though many women wore corsets underneath shirtwaists to maintain sculptured figures, the shirtwaist was a liberating item of clothing.
It took the place of the stiff, tight, high-collared bodices of the nineteenth century.