of remembrance, and is inscribed on many war memorials
Many women found themselves widowed and grieving, often with children to bring up alone. For others the comfort and busyness of children would have been welcomed, but many city children had been evacuated to the country.
do whatever they could to extend the life of their clothes, from darning
socks to washing nylons more carefully. This attitude went on to apply
was unraveled and the yarn wound into balls, then it was knitted into a
the former outer sides were sewn together to make a stronger sheet with
the worn patches on the edges and so tucked under the mattress. A seam
down the middle of a sheet might not be great but probably better than
no sheet at all. My mother was still doing this right up until I left home in the 1970’s!Old curtains and blankets were recycled to make into new skirts and
jackets. Sewing patterns were published that used the least fabric
possible to make a new garment. Skirts were shorter and slimline. Fabric
couldn’t be wasted on a full skirt or pleats.
Fabric was cut from the tail of men’s shirts to cover frayed collars.
Shirt cuffs were made slightly shorter so the frayed edge could be
folded up onto the inside. The opposite was done with men’s trousers
(pants) that had turn-ups on the bottom at the time. The turn-up was
folded so that the frayed part was on the inside even though it made
them slightly longer in the leg.
(36 eggs every four weeks) 9
eggs for one week
Sweets: 262g (3oz) per week.