pockets

This is a little thing but it’s been nagging me forever.

What do you call the kind of pocket seen in this Flickr set (Simplicity 4717, 1943).  (This is my set; I made the dress a couple of years ago.)

I’ve gotten in the habit of thinking of them as “Colonial pockets” because they’re similar to the pockets women wore as a separate accessory before pockets installed in clothing became common, but I know that that’s only my lazy term for them and they must have a proper name.  Unfortunately, since I don’t know what that name is, I can’t search for it, and since they’re not a terribly common kind of pocket they’re not coming up on my various “types of pockets” searches.

 

 

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Hi friends! I wanted to share this project today that I made over a year ago. It’s a shirt dress I made as a project in a sewing class I took at my local community college. I based it on this 1940′s dress pattern in my collection, though I didn’t use the actual pattern:

As you can see, the envelope is in pretty rough shape! I fell in love with the cute diamond-shaped pocket detail.

The fabric is a gray cotton chambray. I also did some topstitching in yellow! For more pictures and info, check out my post here on my blog, Scavenger Hunt.

       Happy Wednesday!

                    -Melissa

 

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Oh, 1950s dresses how do I love thee! I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while and I knew exactly what type of dress that I wanted to make with it!

A great 50s double breasted dress with a great collar!

And too top it off, I found a pattern with pockets (Simplicity 1097)! Score!

I chose some yummy white trim to make the collar pop and a white belt to break up the business of this print.

More photos and construction details can be found on my blog. What’s your favorite fun feature on a dress? Mine’s definitely pockets!

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My extra credit project from the recent Simplicity blog hop, from pattern 2444, a modern pattern based off one from 1964. All the lovely versions floating around in the blogosphere tempted me, so I set aside my usual shyness with full skirts. The fabric is an 80s windfall from my mom’s stash, and I just love it. Can you believe she has this in yellow, too?! Might have to confiscate that. Gift of the Wind is a local public art kinetic sculpture, also from the 80s, and its blustery movement truly ties in to the fabric to me.

I fully lined the dress in batiste (also stolen from mom), added stay tape to the pockets for support, and hand-picked the zip. I made my usual adjustments to the back bodice, but am still working on fitting the front. There is some gaping, but not enough to dissuade me from donning the dress. I might be coming around to full skirts… in small doses :) (I love them on others!)

More photos over here

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