Story: Unpaid domestic work

Kitchen-floor dressmaking (1st of 3)

Kitchen-floor dressmaking

Mrs Holmes and her neighbour cut out a dress on her kitchen floor in the Hutt Valley in 1944. Making their own clothes using paper patterns and fabric from drapery shops and department stores enabled women to keep up with the fashions while saving money. It could also be an enjoyable creative outlet for some women.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-001174; F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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How to cite this page:

Matt Morris, 'Unpaid domestic work - Making clothes and preserving food', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2021)

Story by Matt Morris, published 11 Mar 2010