Advert for Walliss's South London repairing store
Printer: Wilkes & Co
Medium: Print on paper
New clothes were very expensive during the 19th century, and many people among the poorer sections of society could not afford to buy new garments regularly. Instead they mended the garments themselves or took them to repair shops like this one. Clothes with holes could be darned, hems could be restitched, waistbands expanded or reduced, and some items like skirts or dresses could even be turned into completely different garments for children. Boots were often patched and a hat could be transformed with the addition of a piece of ribbon or lace.