Despite living in cramped conditions with Louisa’s parents and sister, as well as their two young daughters, Louisa and Fred consider themselves amongst the lucky ones. Utilising her talents as an accomplished seamstress, Louisa attempts to make a career for herself with her sewing. Her talent for recycling and creating fashionable clothes wins her admiration and respect. When fabric rationing slackens and clothes factories mushroom in the early nineteen fifties, the dynamics of Louisa’s family also change. As a result of these changes Louisa has to face hard challenges in both her work life and with her health.