Can you tread the needle love, my eyes don’t see so well these days, white cotton dear. I will cut a piece off the tail, I need to make a new collar, the old one is past repair. If you unpick the cuffs we can turn them later, it will earn us a shilling.
When we have finished this shirt perhaps you find me some brown paper and string, so that we can wrap up Jimmy Soden’s trousers. I’ve reversed the turn ups to hide the wear and repaired the pockets. That’s two more shillings. Soon we will have a day off, perhaps go to Birmingham.
In Britain in the early 1950’s many things were still rationed, and for many people money was tight. Clothes were patched and repaired, socks darned, rugs made out of sacking, pegged with off-cuts of worn out clothes. Many sewing machines worked overtime.