(A variety of 40s plastic buttons and belt buckles, via A Makey ‘Do’) Seam finishing on items of this era were the same as any garments made before the mid-1960s.

dating during the 1940 s-37

However, it started to become more common to find garments with “pinked” edges.

This means that the fabric was cut with pinking shears, which created a zig-zag pattern, thus preventing the material from fraying as quickly as a straight-cut edge.

(via Adored Vintage) The second World War affected just about every household during the forties.

Everyone was encouraged to support the war effort in any way they could, and most often this meant through rationing.

The “look” of the early forties tended to be very military-inspired, as it was a direct reflection of the world events at that time.

The two-piece suit became very popular in women’s fashion during the war.

Feedsack fabric was still widely used, and re-fashioning old garments to suit the new silhouettes and styles was very common.

The phrase “Made Do and Mend” came about due to this.

Women had grown tired of the fashion restrictions through the war and Dior was their answer.