Sewing and Pattern Design

USDA Patterns: Dresses and Aprons

Here are several patterns sold commercially under the Advance brand that were designed by the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics. They were also described, illustrated, and photographed in Bureau publications.

This group of patterns appeared in Dresses and Aprons for Work in the Home (1944), Farmers' Bulletin, Number 1963. U.S. Department of Agriculture

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"Trim and simply designed, this princess dress never hampers activity whether you are reaching for the topmost dish or stooping to pick up a mess of green beans. Pleats set in side-back seams function with the sleeves and give room where it's needed. The collar, at front only, is cut in one with the dress. A plain neck line at the back is cool and less bother when a wrap is worn." p. 5

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Advance 3765

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Pull-Over Dress with Ties

"Simple to make, the pull-over is a straight, one-piece style with a fiat, low neck and ruffles instead of sleeves.

A sash runs through “tunnels” sewed along the waistline at side back. When tied at center back, this sash gathers in the skirt fullness and holds it in place so as to prevent pouching after sitting.

Rickrack trims and strengthens the neck and ruffles. It will last as long as the dress." p. 6

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"This jumper apron has wide shoulder straps fitted to prevent slipping and a three-gore skirt that is trim at waist and hips, yet gives plenty of cover-all protection. The skirt buttons easily to a three-cornered piece in the back.

Side openings on the pockets keep them from gapping and catching on door handles or cupboard knobs." p. 11

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Advance 3711

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