Looking through an old wartime booklet I have from 1942 called Make and Mend for Victory, I was simply amazed, to put it mildly, by what women of that era did.
Sure, when wartime shortages hit, they used their scraps, or rehemmed a dress to give it new life, or darned a hole in a pair of socks-those were the easy ways to reuse and save.
But they did so much more, too. They really were clever, and resourceful in ways many of us wouldn’t dream of being today, and the one example that for me, stands out- partly because it so poignant-is that they took their absent husbands, fathers, sons and brothers shirts, pants and suits, and recut them to make new clothes for themselves and their children.
Here are some pages from Make and Mend for Victory-and I apologize for the poor picture quality, but I didn’t want to compress this little booklet in the scanner-it is starting to fall apart.
Given the circumstances of that time, I’m sure there were tears on more than one occasion, too, as a beloved’s suit was repurposed to make clothing for another member of the family.
This is just one more reason I find that generation so inspiring!