I love the note written on the pattern envelope for Simplicity 6161:
"DIane. Let me know about this skirt."
Well, it's a straight skirt. Side zipper and darts. Pretty basic.
Why the note? Obviously the writer didn't have the opportunity to show Diane the pattern and ask, "What do you think?" Was it slipped under a dorm room door? Left on a daughter's pillow? Dropped on a co-worker's desk?
OR...is "Let me know about this skirt" code for "The premier will be arriving at 11"? Was this pattern used by an international superspy? The copyright date is 1965, so it was issued right in the middle of the Cold War. The pattern is cut out, so our superspy could sew as well as evade the KGB. Just think how wrong the Bond movies and Mission Impossible have been all these years! Spy safehouses the world over were probably stockpiled with sewing machines and fabric so that these men and women of mystery could whip up new disguises. I bet 007 himself, in addition to mixing a mean martini, could topstitch like nobody's business.