Ask just about any woman, and one of the biggest frustrations of many ready-to-wear garments is the lack of truly functional pockets. Handy for keeping your keys or cell phone stashed, it’s not hard to add a pocket (or two!) to many sewn garments–even when using patterns that may not originally have pockets. But pockets don’t have to be fully utilitarian and plain; I’ve dug up a few examples of beautiful pockets that bridge the gap between practicality and pretty.
This dress from the Willow Pre-Ready to Wear collection (Spring/Summer 2012) is a great example of incorporating a pocket into seaming. In this case, the pockets are set into the diagonal skirt seams in the front. It’s almost a variation on a kangaroo style pocket, and just goes to show that not all pockets need to be in side seams.
A 1950s sundress with a clever use of a border print. Look closely: the pockets are in each of the side border panels. A slit along the top of each panel is edged in piping, and then the pocket bag is affixed behind the panel. Like the previous example, it’s a bit sneaky and not something that screams “pocket!” at first.
Diagonal pockets on skirts are still a popular option today. What struck me most about this particular style is that it’s worked into the overall “x” motif of the bodice. (Which also gives a bit of an illusion of an hourglass shape.) Note that the cream trim does not extend the full length of the pocket edge: only about halfway. My guess is that this was done so as not to overemphasize the hip area. Pockets can not only be functional, but also give a bit of a visual twist to a silhouette.