We came across an interesting video, on YouTube, about the history of pockets. We never knew women used to wear pockets under their dresses and skirts. Invisible to third parties, precious to themselves. We would like to share this video with you and we immediately made a pocket ourselves, like then ...
A great informative video
In the video the history of pockets is described in detail and beautiful examples are shown. We actually never really thought about it at all. Trousers have standard pockets, skirts and dresses usually too, and if not: we have a spacious bag, a shoulder bag or a handbag. And if you want to keep your hands free, you can choose a bum bag, a cross-body or a backpack. No (woman) person without a bag, and no clothing without pockets.
But how did they do that in the past? You rarely see women with handbags or bags in clothes. We are talking about a long time ago, because at the beginning of the last century pockets in clothing were really emerging. And Coco Chanel designed tweed jackets with pockets as well. Two pockets on a tweed jacket? Well no, it immediately became four. These tiny little pockets were not very handy for all our personal things, but at least, the pockets were here to stay!
How to make old-fashioned pockets yourself
We immediately made one ourselves. With embroidery on it that we made with the Bernette B70 Deco. Making the pocket was not difficult. You make an egg-shaped pocket of unbleached cotton or lace, with embroidery on it and an opening or welt pocket opening. Then you make a cord or ribbon that fits exactly around your waist.
This bag is indeed completely inconspicuous under a skirt. Thin, good shape and it fits fine. What would they have stored in it in the past? Keys, make-up, passes and mouth masks were not the case. Nowadays we need a lot more storage space for all our personal stuff. But these pockets-from-the-past still remain a great idea. In case you want to take some extra money with you - unseen.
Women's Pockets Weren't Always a Complete Disgrace