Monday, February 8, 2010

"Fortunately, you can be patriotic and pretty both" - Make and Mend - 1942

"It's up to you to keep the home fires burning, to see that you and your family stay easy-on-the-eyes. Fortunately, you can be patriotic and pretty both. It's easy to teach an old wardrobe new tricks, to resurrect the skeletons in your closet and bring them up to date. Come on, take those old knockabouts and turn them into knockouts, keep that glint in Uncle Sam's eye and still do your stint towards Victory!"
This is from a 1942 booklet called Make and Mend for Victory put out by The Spool Cotton Company...who was urging you to use J. & P. Coats-Clark's O.N.T. threads to re-do your wardrobe so you could help do your part for the war effort. The ideas are good ones that can work clothes you have or find good thrift shop pieces and make use of some wonderful fabrics!


  1. Fantastic! Thanks for posting the layouts!

  2. I love the rhetoric in these "Make-Do and Mend" publications. I also love that you posted the layouts! I started doing "refashioning" (as it is so fashionably called now) last year, but nothing so complex as these transformations.

  3. This is great! Thank you for posting.