Friday, October 08, 2010

In the Details: Unusual Pockets

I just can't stop marveling about the details that pattern company designers used to put into their patterns. Perhaps it was a direct pull from designer collections at the time or they were just tasked to be more creative. Whatever the reason, I thank them. Again, like the collar post I wrote awhile ago, these same details can easily be incorporated into our home sewing projects. All that is needed is a little time drafting an appropriate pattern for the pocket and you're done.

Enjoy the images below:

Vogue 9717

I love how the pocket's shape match the collar's curve. A simple changes to make by using the collar pattern to adjust the shape of your existing pockets.

McCall 7715

Another case of altering the shape of the pocket, this one is also moved to overlap the side seam of the skirt.

McCall's 8893

Third time's a charm! Here there is only one pocket.

Vogue S-4997

But if one pocket is nice, how about doing it twice? Here you have stacked pockets which remind me of the little coin pocket nestled within a jean pocket.

Vogue S-4031

This one could be the most difficult if is in fact a working pocket. If not, then this would simply involve adding the band detail during construction or later as an embellishment.

Simplicity 2833

I am in love with this skirt, I see it in a fluid silk satin. This could simply be a case of basic pocket and an added cuff decoration.

McCall's 3556

Similar to a pocket detail in the earlier post, this "lazy" pocket is super simple.

Butterick 7638
I have no advice on how to create this one but if you have pattern drafting skills you can create it yourself. All others, just admire the shape.


A cousin to the "lazy" pockets, this one is extremely lethargic and involves falling down half it's height and hanging loose. I also salute those girls for not being afraid to add width to the hips for the sake of fashion.

Images: Midvale Cottage Vintage Fashion Library

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting post. I have just begun reading your blog BTW and love it.

Back in "vintage pattern" days most women sewed, and they ("we") wanted details like in better and usually too expensive-for-our-budget ready-to-wear. In our family we did not have much in the way of accessories, so garment details were what we wanted. Pattern companies, to be competitive, gave us details. My grandmother was a trained tailor and could design and make anything; other family members did their best or relied on what pattern companies offered.

Angela said...

Interesting post! Those are some pretty cool pockets... thanks for sharing!

lazystitching said...

Cool post! I love the navy dress the most.
~Alana

moggyo said...

What a lovely summary of pockets. I tend to be rather lazy with pocket-including then curse when I have nowhere to put things... so I should make more little bags!