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For your next step, we recommend the vintage patterns overview written by Vintage Fashion Guild members Karen Gray and Elizabeth Bramlett.
It's an easily digested summary of the history of sewing patterns and a good introduction to the important pattern companies.
I’m constantly researching what vintage sellers and fashion historians have to say about the nuances of accurately dating vintage clothing and identifying vintage labels and tags when shopping thrift stores, estate sales, your grandmother’s closet and other secret shopping sources!
To give you the tools to talk the talk and walk the walk of a vintage fashion expert, I’ve put together this article outlining eight tell-tale signs your piece is vintage, and advice on how to analyze each sign to identify the era your piece was most likely made.
Here's a roundup of some of the sources we've found the most useful and reliable.
So whether you’re a vintage clothing newbie or an expert looking to brush up on her skills, keep reading after the jump for my top tips on dating vintage clothing!
The construction and labeling of clothing garments changed from decade to decade in the 20th century, which is a benefit for vintage lovers who want to learn how to accurately date their clothing, whether for personal or resale services.
This list isn’t the end-all-be-all for dating vintage clothing.
Noting whether a garment has a union or Made in USA tag, as well as recognizing popular silhouettes, patterns and colors of an era’s most popular clothing styles will also help to authenticate the age of a piece.