make do and mend

make do and mend

To maintain one's possessions for as long as possible, repairing rather than replacing them when needed, with the goal of not buying and/or consuming more than is necessary. To "make do" is to use what one has or make the best of a situation, even if it is not ideal. Growing up, my mother had to provide for three of us on her own, so we learned very quickly to make do and mend.
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make do and ˈmend

(especially British English) mend, repair or make things yourself instead of buying new things: We’ve all forgotten now how to make do and mend.
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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.
We'll meet again: Make do and mend designs from fashion students from Birmingham City University.