Sunday, November 7, 2010
The A-Z of Vintage part 3: M-R
M is for Make Do and Mend the ethos during the rationing of the second World War. During that time there were restrictions on fabric, trims and other provisions meaning that women had to make their clothes to go the distance. Instead of getting a new dress women might've made a collar or worn a scarf to change how it looks and also there was an emphasis on repairing instead of disposing. My grandma said she used to draw a line on the back of her leg and powder them to give the look of stockings because they were rare.
N is for Nylon the synthetic fabric first developed in 1935 and revolutionised our clothes. In 1939 nylon stockings were shown at a fair creating excitement and changed the production of hosiery due to its popularity. During the war it was an alternative to natural fibres such as silk. In the 50s the blend of cotton and nylon created 'wash and wear' clothes, garments that dried quickly and didn't need ironing. Its popularity is still evident today. Thanks nylon!
Have a lovely week :)