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Uses Of Pockets: An Overview

There are many uses of pockets, going back thousands of years – I’m talking BC here! – when pockets were used to carry valuable items. Back then pockets were more like pouches, but over time, despite pockets still being used for the same reasons, they have evolved into something else.

Fast forward to 2019 and pockets are now just as likely to be added to clothing as a design feature as they are used as a place for storing valuables.

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Pocket Uses Explained

Women’s Pockets; Or lack Of!

One debate that still takes place is the lack of sensible pockets in women’s clothing, and this has always been the case. In fact, back in the 17th century men had the luxury of pockets being sewn into their clothing, whilst we women had to make do with pouches worn under our clothes, often just tied at the waist

Today, we women are still left behind when it comes to pocket equality, with smaller pockets in most women’s garments; they are usually cut narrower, shorter and created for design more than purpose in many cases.

How many times have you attempted to put an oversized smartphone into a miniscule denim jeans pocket, only for it to fall and crash to the floor when you bend over more than a millimeter?

Exactly – there is definitely no purpose there. In fact this article goes to some length at explaining the gender inequality and politics surroudning pockets through the centuries!

Uses Of Pockets: A List!

Whilst historically pockets were used to store valuable items, in today’s world, they are as likely to hold your loose change as they are the latest smartphone.

That said, there are many other uses of pockets such as:

  • Handkerchief pocket
  • Ticket pocket
  • Beer pocket
  • Watch pocket
  • Coin pocket

Sewing Your Own Pockets

One of the greatest aspects of being able to sew my own clothes is the joy of adding in pockets to my own clothes. Whether they are big and billowy holding all my possessions or sharp and tailored with space for just my phone, being able to design and sew my own pockets is a joy.

To that end, you can expect to see over thirty posts coming your way – and they’re all about pockets! Woop woop! Here’s a quick look at what you can expect to find:

  • Types of pockets
  • Easy pocket patterns
  • Tutorials for drafting patterns
  • Sewing tutorials for different pocket styles
  • Adding zippers to pockets
  • And so much more…

All the posts will be added to my Pockets overview page, and will be quite the comprehensive collection of Pocket posts ever! So, do stay tuned for that!

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Monday 1st of July 2019

Cant do enough for a good pocket, I add them to patterns and make them bigger, brilliant series to look forwards to!


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

I am so excited for this pockets series. I am a new sewer teaching myself or rather learning from wonderful people like you on the internet. Pockets are my thing! It's totally true that womens clothing are somewhat forgotten in this area.

Congratulations on your move to the mainland. I'm looking forward to learning about pockets yay!

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Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Hi Melissa! Yay, thanks so much for such a lovely comment! I'm spending this week finishing up my Learn to Sew series ( you can check that out here if you'd like to learn more: ) and the collar series will start back up in the third week of March! Super exciting! (And thank you for the congrats - apart from the recent heavy rains, I am *loving* living here on the mainland!