Sunday, September 12, 2010

The one that *didn't* get away!

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!

1 comment:

  1. Oh! I love both of those dress patterns! So pretty, feminine and comfortable and practical for every day use : ) Just perfect!!!