It was years ago (the 70s?) that environmental interests came up with the slogan "recycle, reduce, reuse." Decades before that, in the midst of WWII, came "make do and mend." In the spirit of both, I have been looking for ways to make the most of the clothing I already own.
Here is a list of PDF pamphlets I have gathered from around the web - almost entirely from various American university cooperative extension programs or university archives of such. (If you are not familiar with extension programs, they are pretty cool. They date back to 1914 and are the precursor to community colleges.) I do have a large collection of these PDFs and hopefully this list will be followed by others.
Please note that these are historic resources. They may refer to methods and items that are no longer sold or considered safe (home dry cleaning with gasoline, I'm looking at you). Do not follow such advice without exploring modern resources and using your best judgement. This first batch I have categorized as Clothing Repair, Economy, and Restyling.
Clothing Repair, Economy, and Restyling
|1938||Repair of Clothing of Household Linens||Helen Rocke||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln|
|1943||Clothing the Family in Wartime||Helen Rocke||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln and USDA|
|1943||Fall and Winter Clothes||Helen Rocke||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln|
|1946||Clothing Pointers for '46||Helen Rocke||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln and USDA|
|1951||New Clothes From Old||Allegra Wilkins||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln and USDA|
|1962||Repairing Garments||Anna Marie Kriefels||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln|
|1962||Reinforcing Readymades||Anna Marie Kriefels||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln and USDA|
|1971||Restyling or Remodeling a Garment||Jane Speece, Gerda Petersen||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln and USDA|
|1971||Restyling Sweater Knits||Jane Speece||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln and USDA|
|1971||Relining Coats and Jackets||Jane Speece||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln and USDA|
|1972||Altering Ready-Made Dresses||Anna Marie Kriefels, Jane Speece||Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln|