Novelty and variations on basic weaves can help define fashion trends of the day.

Whenever you use a reproduction fabric, you should document the project properly.

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Old voile had wide satiny selvages; most today are narrow.

Fragments of wool tapestries dating from the 4th or 3rd century bce have been.

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.

The first overlock machine (serger) was patented by the Merrow Machine Company in 1889.They were not common in women’s dresses until the late 1930s. Machine chain stitch came first, followed by lockstitch. Hand-sewn and machine-sewn construction (as opposed to hand-sewn finishing) coexisted for years – until the 1880s, if not later. Short, center-back neck zippers – mostly 1930s-1940s. Coil (plastic) zippers – invented in 1940, but not in common use until the early 1960s.This can be a deterrent in pinpointing fine old lawn, particularly with retro designs now in vogue. Quick Tips for Dating Vintage Here are some quick, easy-to-remember tips. Center-back dress zippers – seen occasionally in the 1940s and early 1950s, but generally later 1950s and 1960s and in most dresses since the 1970s.Perhaps many names will be familiar to you and bring on a dating fabric by width of nostalgia.