Monday, May 22, 2017

Pockets around the web: Svaha pocketed dresses review and interview

I've mentioned Svaha dresses on here before, and they just look so intriguing.  Here's a review of three dresses in two silhouettes, plus an interview with one of the owners and a 20% off discount code!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pockets around the web: how to add pockets to a pants pattern

While we're on pants, here's a great tutorial for adding pockets to a sewing pattern for pants that doesn't have them.  While it is specifically for the Jalie Éléonore Pull-On Jeans pattern, I think it should work for most similar sewing patterns.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pocket review: Gloria Vanderbilt Avery Slim Leg Pull On pants

I measured a size 8 specimen of Gloria Vanderbilt Avery Slim Leg Pull On Stretch jeans.  These pants are delightfully comfy in terms of their soft, stretchy material and I wear them often when it's cool out.  However, the front pockets were rather lacking (rating: terrible).  I could hold my keys in one pocket.  I had to put both my wallet and my phone in the back two pockets.  So, I could get away without carrying a bag, but I was always sitting on my phone and almost having it fall out if I bent or moved the wrong way.  I ended up adding "pocket extenders" to fix things up to acceptable levels of pocket storage.  They seem to be going out of season but I found one version on amazon that matched the fabric content (cotton, polyester, and spandex) so would have the same comfy stretch.

Before I modified the pockets, front pockets were about 2 1/2" deep at the side seam and 4 1/2" deep at most. The width at the bottom is 5 3/4".  The outer opening is 4 1/2" from rivet to rivet but curved. The right front also has a 2 1/4" wide coin pocket that is 2 3/4" deep.

The paler striped fabric are my pocket extenders.

The tape measure crosses the small right coin pocket.  There is no coin pocket on the left side.

The back pockets (two) each measure:  5 1/4" deep at middle, 4 1/2" deep at sides, 4 3/4 to 5" wide at the opening (it varied), and about 4 1/2" wide at the base.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pockets around the web: Jalie's Hélène cardigan (sewing pattern review)

I used to have a Cabela's oversized cardigan (with glorious pockets) that reminded me of a knit lab coat.  So I was tickled to see this review of a sewing pattern for a cardigan that ended up as a real lab coat, with excellent looking pockets.  I bet it would look less like a lab coat in another color, if you are not actually a medical professional or lab-working type graduate student (or just want a colorful lab coat!).

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pockets around the web: a pocket round-up for insulin pump wearers

You may remember an article I linked to previously, on the necessity of pockets for people with insulin pumps.  I've found another pocketed round-up for people who need to tote their insulin pump, with clothing that should work for whatever small items you want to carry by necessity or desire.  It's unclear to me if they've tested these pockets in person, but they are certainly worth checking out.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pockets around the web: Scottevest Sandy Skirt review

Sorry I missed a week!  Things have been busy in pocket-land.  However, I just ran across this very promising review of the SCOTTeVEST Sandy travel skirt (there is also a longer version called the Sandra).  The pockets look fantastic.  This company looks to have a lot of good pocketed items... the Maddie Cardigan in particular caught my eye.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pockets around the web: Grainline Patterns Farrow Dress (sewing pattern)

The Grainline Farrow Dress caught my eye in a nice blog post with lots of views by Closet Case Patterns.  It appears to have generous pockets, though with the very loose dress structure I'm not sure how much pocket contents might distort the dress shape.  Might depend on the fabric used.  If you've made it, let me know!