M&S Wartime Utility Clothing

Discussion and activity ideas

KS3/4 -Design & Technology
KS3/4 - Enterprise Learning

KS3/4 - Learn To Learn
KS3/4 - Business Studies

Discussion ideas:

  • What do you think it would be like for you today if clothes were rationed? What would you be most upset about not being able to wear?
  • If you were a dress designer how would you adapt your designs to use less materials?
  • What are the differences between man-made and natural fabrics? Think of three of your five senses - sight, sound and touch.
  • Why do you think man-made fabrics were so popular after the Second World War? 

Activity ideas:

  • Research what man-made fabrics are made from, then make a list of man-made and natural fabrics. Looking at the labels on clothes will help you do this. 
  • Find an old shirt, jumper or pair of trousers and convert into a bag by deconstructing / reconstructing the existing item.

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