Whenever I see an image of Pippi Longstocking, a little tale about Pat always makes me have a quiet smile:
Apparently, part of her school uniform was made up of thick woollen tights, which she hated. Her school friends had all begun to wear knee high socks/stockings but Pat's Mum refused to discard perfectly good woollen tights.
Un-deterred, one morning Pat took a pair of scissors to her much-hated woollen tights - chopped them off at the knee, pulled them onto her legs, tied a piece of elastic round the top of each one and rolled them over. Hey presto, knee high stockings!!
Off she trotted to school, feeling very much in vogue. However, that evening she got home to the fact that her Mum had found the 'pants without most of the legs part of the tights', plus her sewing box where Pat had rummaged for lengths of elastic - and was going 'ballistic' to put it mildly.
Poor Pat, the following day she sort of skulked her way to school, hugging walls and praying no-one would notice her. Her Mum had only made her sit down with a load of darning wool the previous evening and re-sew the knee-high stockings to the pants to re-construct the tights. Of course they looked pretty dreadful, the joins were very visible and yup, she had to carry on wearing them all Winter!