|People were advised to prolong the life of clothing by repair and alterations.Women were encouraged to make patches and repairs a conspicuous feature of a garment.Many like these women would repair or alter existing clothing with whatever material they had. There was little point even trying to match colours or material.Clothing had been rationed since 1941 and from about 1943 onward the civilian population of Britain found new clothing almost impossible to obtain.|
|The woman on the left has altered a straight skirt by adding side gores to make a flaired skirt.|
The woman on the right has added a contrasting collar and belt to a dress she has lengthened a few inches using chevrons of patchwork.
Old knitwear was unravelled and reknitted.
Left hand photograph poss. by Wells of Lancing
Date about 1943-44