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Make Do and Mend

Extent: 160 pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date:

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9781782430278

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

The rationing period during World War II was a difficult time, and yet it is remembered nostalgically as a time of unity and great sacrifice.
Make Do and Mend
focuses on clothes rationing, which was introduced in June 1940. With the nation's industrial output concentrated on the war effort, basic clothes were in short supply and high fashion was an unknown commodity. Adults were issued as little as 36 coupons a year to spend on clothes. But a man's suit could cost 22 coupons, a coat 16 and a lady's dress 11, so the need to recycle clothing and be inventive with other materials became a necessity. The government issued the leaflets included in Make Do and Mend to advise on how best to avoid wasting valuable resources by recycling curtains into dresses and old sheets into underwear; in short how to 'make do and mend' rather than buying new clothes.
Produced from original material held in archives the leaflets are also a nostalgic showcase of forties style, which makes them the perfect gift.

Publication Date: 24/03/2014

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781782433033

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

About the Author

'Various authors' refers to a collaboration between authors carefully selected by Michael O'Mara Books.


  • 'This book is packed with tips from the era, including reproductions of original leaflets, on everything from how to prolong the life of clothing to moth prevention', Yours
  • 'These nostalgic collections make a fascinating document of wartime austerity', The Lady
  • 'Packed full of vintage thrifty tips for saving money', Irish Tatler
  • 'A rather handy guide to surviving this age of austerity', Crafts magazine
  • 'Reproductions of advice and instructions given out during the second world war to make the most of wartime rations, all in a delightfully authentic vintage style', Crafty
  • 'A fascinating documentation... a pleasure to read', Knitting magazine