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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Imperial War Museum; Facsimile edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904897649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904897644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.3 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Gilbert on 29 Jan 2009
I have always been keen on make-do-and-mend but was attracted by the nostalgia of this book which is a reproduction of wartime leaflets. It is excellent, and not only a trip down memory lane to a time when buying new was not possible, but is as relevant today as it was then.

Even after years of sewing and mending I picked up many useful tips and have put some of that knowledge into practical use recently. I have patched trousers that have worn between the legs, mended pants, darned socks and sweaters, patched a t-shirt and saved a trouser seam from coming apart by top-stitching. You don't necessarily need a sewing machine either since most of the suggestions can be done by hand-sewing.

But it is not just an instruction book for inspiration, it is great fun to look through from a historical point of view.

In my opinion every home would benefit from the advice in this book, and in today's unsettled financial climate we should all do our best to make do and mend to save money.

And isn't it trendy to buy from charity shops and personalise clothes nowadays?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jay Rainbow VINE VOICE on 3 Sep 2008
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it was smaller then i expected but cramed with good info. well worth it for referance or for pleasure
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Philpott on 4 Sep 2010
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This is a very tiny book, but jam packed full of really useful info - even how to turn a slip into cami-knickers! Good fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LDB on 17 Oct 2013
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As a 66 year old pensioner on the government's generous £144 per week (about half the official minimum wage for a 35 hr week!) I thought I could qualify for the queen of mean awards - but this book taught me one or two tricks even I didn't know, even with my years of being "frugal", i.e. permanently skint! Everybody should have a copy, and read, mark and learn from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jasper on 31 Mar 2014
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Quick delivery and delighted to get tips on how to make do with things in this day of austerity measures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Jennings on 28 Nov 2010
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Its a good book but very small i thought it would have a lot more information in it but its a cute little book that is a nice present for those who like the 1940's- 50's
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