Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Pocket review: Dickie's Women's Overalls

Long time, no blog.  I've got a number of new reviews (of both dresses and pants) saved up in my voluminous pockets.  But, today's pockets are not so glorious as I was hoping.

I ordered a size large in Dickie's Women's Denim Bib Overalls (color: medium stonewash).  I was immediately disappointed by the pockets.  They were barely deeper than your average disappointing blue jeans!  I should have tried the Carhartt's.

The two front slash pockets seem promising at 7 1/2" maximum depth and until you realize that the 6" diagonal edge reached to a minimum depth of 2".  My phone sticks out (and it did manage to stay in during various bending and activities) and I can get keys in the other pocket.  However, it'd be risky to try to do both keys and wallet in one pocket.  I will be sewing pocket extenders on to make them more functional.

I did find the front bib pocket held my wallet securely.  It's about 5" deep and 3 3/4" wide, with an adjacent pencil/pen pocket about 1 3/8" wide.  The corners are rounded.

The two back pockets are perfectly acceptable at 5 1/2" deep and wide.

Finally, there are bonus pockets on each leg towards the back/side.

On the wearer's left is a single 4 1/2" deep x 3 1/2" wide under the hammer loop.

On the wearer's right is a slightly larger one at 4 1/2" deep and 4" wide.  Behind it is a larger pocket with a slanted opening.  It makes 8" deep and slant opening of 3 1/2".  The lower part overlaps the top pocket so its lower dimensions are the same.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Pockets around the web: Of Mercer (office-wear with pockets)

With fancy business wear (or business casual, even), it's hard to find something that looks professional and still has useful pockets.  Of Mercer has a number of dresses and skirts with pockets.  They aren't very clear on how big they are, but several look promising.  Here's a drapey dress with side seam pockets.  My main concern there would be if the fabric is sturdy enough to not distort if you include phone, keys, and wallets.  Several drapey and stretchy dresses also look very comfortable although one does have to be careful with pocket contents in stretchy clothing.  They also have two types of pants with pockets (one has welt only), but again unclear how big they are.  This gray full-skirted dress looks most promising to not show your pocket contents.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pockets around the web: Girls Will Be clothing (girls' shorts with pockets!)

It's been a while since I was young enough to wear kids' clothing, but apparently things have changed since I wore shorts as a kid.  Short-shorts and few pockets... not helpful when you have rocks and sea shells to stockpile.  A new clothing line has been developed to have sturdy, reasonable-length shorts with big pockets for girls!  They look great.  (They also have some fun t-shirts!)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pockets around the web: Vogue 1546 dress sewing pattern

Erica Bunker's blog recently featured another sewing pattern with pockets.  The Vogue 1546, a drapey sundress, apparently has pockets that can hold an iPhone 7.   Fancy and practical!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pockets around the web: reviews of two sundresses

Hourglassy.com recently reviewed two dresses that have pockets.  One, the Retrospec’d Norma Jean Dress is described as having POCKETS, so they're there, but the sizing of pockets is unclear.  The other review, of the Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny Dress, specifies that an iPhone fits easily in "generous" pockets, so that should provide a bit more pocket size info.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pockets around the web: Old time pocketry

This video is long (7 minutes), but highly instructive on how hard it used to be to get dressed (in 18th century Britain).  There are add-on pockets, at least??  The video was made by National Museums Liverpool.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pockets around the web: B6178 Culottes sewing pattern

Did You Make That? recently featured a sewing pattern for culottes (which I assume could be lengthened into regular wide-legged pants if you prefer full-length pants).  She notes that the deep pockets can be stuffed full of tennis balls for one's dog (or one's self, I suppose, if you are inclined to tennis), so these sound quite promising in the pocketry department!