I had always loved clothes, and took a good deal of time and trouble over them. My clothes were specially made for me, and I turned my nose up at ready-to-wear stuff. Today this would be unusual and terribly expensive, but it was not the case in the 1950s. In fact it was cheaper. Really good quality clothes could be made for a fraction of what they cost in the best shops.
– Jennifer Worth, author of Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (Merton Books, 2002).