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Make Do and Mend...

So we left the Big Smoke of Brisbane for our new happy home in Mackay... 

Since moving to Mackay, I've found a part-time sewing job at a clothing alterations shop. When a suit was brought in with two buttons to be sewn back on, I realised that we will eventually be the last folk in this town who know how to mend clothing!

 

Back in the day,  the government made sure everyone knew how to repair clothing!

Back in the day,  the government made sure everyone knew how to repair clothing!

A far cry from, say the 1940s, when clothing would be repaired and recycled by neccessity.  I enjoyed reading Make Do and Mend, a collection of leaflets distributed by the government, showing folk how to repair and re-use their clothing during wartime rationing. 

 

Blogger Design Mom has lots of cute mending ideas like this embroidered patch! 

There's something quite charming and frugal about fixing things instead of discarding them, as these repairs from Design Mom show!