We never, ever had new clothes

Iris Hayes talks about her mother’s profession in needlework. She remembers her mother charging half a Crown to make a pair of shorts for boys from a pair of men’s trousers. When there wasn’t a lot of fabric going around, or enough money, adult clothes were adapted for children. Iris says they never had new clothes, unless they sometimes got a new coat at Christmas.

Storyteller: Iris Hayes
Date of Story: 1940s
Location of Story: London, UK
Date of recording: 15 August, 2016