patterns, necklines, clothing, extension, home economics department
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Design is probably the first factor to consider in choosing a pattern for a dress. However, there are a few other factors which will govern the choice. Price of some patterns is a prohibiting feature. One make of pattern may seem to fit better than another although this is probably not so true now as a year ago. However, if such has been found to be the case, it is well to continue using that make of pattern, as it will eliminate some unnecessary altering. Realizing the need for some standardization in measurements used in patterns, representatives from the U. S. Bureau of Standards, manufacturers, educators, consumers, and others interested in the problem, met and agreed upon certain measurements which would be used. Nearly all leading pattern concerns are now using these measurements as their basis for cutting patterns.
Andrews, Anita, "Patterns and Necklines" (1930). SDSU Extension Circulars. 301.