Last week I wrote about the Pauline Trigere pattern I didn't win. Here's a pattern I stalked on Etsy for months, but couldn't justify the $45 price tag. Fortunately, the ZipZapKap, the seller offering the pattern, had a sale last weekend, and I was able to pick it up for 40 percent off. It's still my most expensive pattern purchase ever, at $27, but I am thrilled to have it! I think it may be my next project, once I finish my final 60s shirtdress.
I love that it was designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, circa 1941. My dad worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture his entire career. I don't think he encountered any sewing patterns on the job, though. (However, his lab did have a cool ball-point pen testing machine: you loaded it up with ten pens, and the machine drew circles with them down a long roll of paper until they ran out of ink.)
Some time back I picked up another U.S. Department of Agriculture pattern, also from 1941. It's also a wrap dress, but with different neckline, sleeves, and pockets:
I think there may be a few more of these Advance U.S. Dept of Ag patterns out there. I'd love to have them too, but I suspect they're not easy to find. Advance 2910 is in the Vintage Patterns Wiki. (I just noticed that Advance 2924 is not: I should add it.) If you've seen others, let me know!