Advertisement for Woolard's repair establishment
Printer: Shaw, H. G.
Medium: Print on paper
As clothing was very expensive during the 19th century, few people could afford to buy new garments regularly. Clothes were expected to last a long time. Constant cleaning and repair prolonged their wearing life, and when it was over, items were often remade into other clothes or cut down to fit children. Repairs and alterations were usually made at home: holes would be darned, hems altered and waistbands expanded or reduced. For more difficult repairs, garments might be taken to a professional repair shop such as Woolard's repairing establishment described in this advertisement.