I love a pocket, especially a BIG pocket. A pocket that can carry my phone, my purse and a collection of Superhero Lego Minifigures.
I have spotted a couple of corking ‘pocket’ dress patterns of late and I just made a lovely dress with giant pockets, so I thought an ‘ode to the pocket’ was order of the day. As we are on the subject, I thought I would interview my friend and fellow pocket lover, Emily Hundt from In the Folds. Her Rushcutter really is a dress with some major pocket work.
What inspired you to incorporate BIG pockets into your Rushcutter?
I incorporated big pockets into the Rushcutter, because I just love pockets. I love the look of them, but more so I love how handy they are. I love them for stashing bits and pieces when I am too lazy to carry a handbag (which is often), but most of all, I just love having pockets to put my hands in. Especially when I’m nervous! What I like about the style of the pockets on the Rushcutter, is that you can easily leave out the pockets if pockets aren’t your bag (don’t worry. I’ll try not to judge you) or you can swap the pockets on View A for the pockets on View B (hidden in-seam pockets), so there is lots of room to play, so that you get your ideal pocket preference. Pocket placement is always an element of my design process, as I want them to be really functional (you will never see a fake pocket on one of my patterns!)
Do you have a recent ‘me made’ piece with rad pockets?
To be honest, there has been very little selfish sewing this year (unfortunately), apart from Rushcutter samples. Although, I am currently working on a pattern for a pair of trousers I am planning to release sometime in the new year. And they have pockets of pretty epic proportions. I haven’t yet sampled them in anything apart from calico, so I’m not sure if they qualify as a make yet though?!
Is there another indie pattern that you love (on your to do list?) that has awesome pockets?
As I said, I don’t really have time for much selfish sewing (although it is on the new years resolutions list for 2016) and when I do have a chance to sew I tend to draft my own patterns. But I do keep track of all the indie releases, and one that comes to mind is the Louisa dress by Compagnie M. It has two different pocket options (kangaroo or asymmetrical) which is what caught my eye.
And finally, what’s in your pocket right now?
In my pocket right now I have my phone (so that I can listen to podcasts and have the freedom to run around my studio like a headless chook, as it’s somehow December) and my house key. Oh, and a crumpled up receipt.
Excitingly, Emily and I will be running some Rushcutter dress sew-alongs in the new year. If you are interested and would like more information and just drop me a line through my contact page.
To continue with my pocket theme I thought I would share a recent make. I spotted this pattern on the Sew Unravelled blog, twice! I am a big fan of Jillian (I think I have mentioned this a few times). I really liked the two dresses, sunshine on a rainy day and the pineapple dress of happiness. Don’t you just love the names!
The pattern is from the Japanese pattern book, Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear by Yoshiko Tsukiori. As luck would have it, I stumbled across it in my library, the sewing gods were smiling down, I just HAD to make it.
You don’t really get the sense of BIG pocket-ness from the pattern. It was only when I saw Jillian’s versions that I was convinced to give them a go. It was a fairly straight forward make. I graded a small top to a medium bottom as the size ran quite big. I think in hindsight I really could have made a straight small. I also opened up the armholes on the front to allow for my hunchback! I did make a rather catastrophic error when drafting the pattern which meant I had to redraw and recut the front bottom panel which is the reason why there is no pattern matching (that’s my excuse anyway!)
It is much more flattering that I expected. I thought the oversized pocket would make me look rather large in the hip area, but I don’t think so. The fabric is a stiff cotton with no drape so it sits quite well and hold the shape. I should also say that the fabric is totally AWESOME. A charity shop find. I think it is someones home screen printed experiment. Clearly they were not in love with it. Your loss is my massive gain! Not bad for $2. Yes, that’s a total of $2 to make this dress! You have got to be happy with that.
Big shout out for pocket love!