I stumbled upon this film on the BFI National Archive YouTube channel and found it really amusing. This silent short from 1926 teaches a woman how to create an evening dress out of a morning frock with a few homemade modifications.
This kind of economization was quite common until ready-to-wear clothing became so cheap and ubiquitous in the second half of the 20th century. Women frequently updated last season’s garments with new trims and simple alterations of the neckline, sleeves, or hem.
Do you restyle your garments like this? If not, maybe this video will inspire you to make a few adaptations yourself instead of buying something new. Think about it — do you have any pieces from last spring you can modify to fit this spring’s trends?