Today in history a look at some of the fashions and articles from the Australian Home journal from October 1942 - Spring in Australia. My copy is a little ratty, especially the cover, but it is still very readable and has the original free patterns.
1942 was about the middle of WWII, and America had been in the war for almost a year. ' Sew and Save' and 'Make do and Mend' were popular catch cries. This article shows how to pick apart old clothes to make new ones - an evening dress into a night gown, a coat into a skirt and Mother's dress into a child's dress.
I am currently listing this and other vintage mags on Etsy, if you're interested.
There were also instructions for making a summer hat out of left over dress fabric, and and making short socks, using only one clothing coupon instead of 4 for a pair of stockings!