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?