make do and mend

make do and mend

  (British old-fashioned)
to manage with less than you would like, by repairing old things instead of buying new ones Our family never had any new furniture. We just had to make do and mend.
See also: and, make, mend
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We'll meet again: Make do and mend designs from fashion students from Birmingham City University.
Second-year degree students from Birmingham City University's Birmingham Institute of Art and Design were tasked with designing a collection of clothes based on the Make Do and Mend movement of World War Two.
Among those to view the designs was Perry Common pensioner Les Hill, who said he had memories of his family entering into spirit of Make Do and Mend in wartime Birmingham.
Senior fashion lecturer Bob Manning said: "I'm so impressed with all of the pieces, they have done a fantastic job of reinterpreting the idea of make do and mend with a modern twist.