Where there is a small family, make it a rule to mend for half an hour each night. You will never get behind with the mending it you do this.

Before you cut fabric, lay the material out and see how it goes. Nap fabrics must be cut in one direction. Cut with the nap running upward to the top of the dress. Dresses cut of nap fabric usually require more material.

Floral prints must also be cut carefully with the pattern going one way up, and it is advisable to buy a little more than the quantity required for the garment.

Checks and plaids have to be well matched.

Buttons will stay on longer if you rub your thread with beeswax before sewing.

If you desire a decorative button for a blouse, belt or hat, choose a large coloured button, then crochet around the button with coloured silks to the required depth. Wooden buttons can be bought and painted to match any dress colour scheme.

Rub your hands with talcum powder before you start to mend. This prevents the hands getting hot and sticky.

Use your scissors on emery-paper now and then and they will keep beautifully sharp.

When tacking, have a wrist pad for pins – this makes • tacking so much easier.

Keep a child’s magnet by you in your sewing box. It will get all the pins from the floor after your tacking is over.

Keep belts on a coat-hanger that has small screws attached. You hang the belts by their buckles.

To prevent losing your scarf have three loops sewn to the inside neck of your coat and your scarf will slip into the loops when you remove coat and scarf.

Make little pinafores and chairback rests from odd pieces of lace.

If figured draperies are faded, they can be touched up with wax crayons. The material should be washed and pressed and then retouched with crayons before pressing again.

Make windows gay by arranging net curtains on a rod top and bottom of each window, then ‘waist’ each curtain with a braid band to match the colour of your room furnishings.