Image from National Library of Scotland
Here are a few sample coupon values for some common garments:
- Non-wool skirt — 4 coupons
- Wool or wool-blend trousers — 8 coupons
- Non-wool dress — 7 coupons
- Stockings — 3 coupons
- Pair of boots or shoes — 5 coupons
- Non-wool fabric, 44″ wide — 2.5 coupons per yard (from Fashion on the Ration, Cargo Cult Craft)
Image from the Imperial War Museum, London
In 1943, the Ministry of Information began the "Make Do and Mend" campaign through a series of publications to help women and families get the most out of their existing clothing due to the severe shortages during the war. The Make Do and Mend materials encouraged refashioning or making new clothes from old ones, mending any existing faults, and reusing fabric and yarn material to make new things.
Clothes had to last longer in order to save precious coupons, so they needed to be taken care of and washed and ironed more carefully. Nothing was thrown away, especially if it could be made into something else. These booklets are full of great ideas for refashioning and reusing. My favourite is making a woman's suit out of a man's suit as seen in the photo below:
Image from 'Make and Mend for Victory' booklet, at Cargo Cult Craft
The entire booklet, 'Make and Mend for Victory' is available for download at Susannah's blog 'Cargo Cult Craft'. It's a great read and full of inspiration!
Image from the Cargo Cult Craft blog
Shelly over at New Vintage Lady is also hosting a month-long Make and Mend sew-along. Here's the details:
Definitely check out the New Vintage Lady blog, it's one of my favourites!
Do you have any refashioning or mending projects on your list?