Elegance *and* pockets!

by Erin on June 26, 2007


Vogue 9399

Reader Elizabeth sent me a link to the Etsy store that has this pattern — it's called, unsurprisingly, patternshop. Some nice stuff, but what really caught my eye was this dress. I love the lines of it.

Despite the fact that I usually wear big ol' skirts and vintage-y details, I have a secret hidden Calvin-Kleinesque minimalist buried under the novelty prints, hoping someday to escape into something like this.

My inner minimalist wants this in gunmetal-gray textured silk (and she doesn't want the jacket, thanks for asking). She doesn't want the hat, either, or the corsage, but she might, possibly, maybe, after careful consideration, put some black silk piping at those shoulder seams and around the neck. Nowhere else. And of course, since this dress has pockets, she wouldn't carry a bag. She wouldn't wear an armful of bangles, either, but instead one large blackened-silver cuff, gorgeously grotesque and almost Giger-like in design. (I haven't figured out the shoes yet, but when I do, I'll let you know.)

Of course, since my inner minimalist almost never gets to come out, she'll continue to think about this dress while reading philosophy and listening to aleatory music in her cell, hidden behind the bolts of silly fabric. She doesn't mind. She likes the quiet.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Ladygrande (Texas Marie) June 26, 2007 at 2:32 pm

That’s a lovely dress.

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flea June 26, 2007 at 4:26 pm

I looked at this image and mentally said, “crotch pockets.” I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this was a commentary on the dress, or on the juvenile state of my brain.

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Hannah June 26, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Ah she ( i presume/assume she … ) is a lovely seller. I’ve bought a fair bit of their etsy … buy with confidence! :)

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airstreamdiva June 26, 2007 at 5:14 pm

how much do i love that you refer to “aleatory music?” hahah.

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Andrea R June 26, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Spectator pumps. :) that dress is totally made for ‘em.

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Margot June 26, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Not everyone networks on planes — Some people… just are, for better or worse. Thinking of making any kind of impression on a stranger doesn’t come into their minds. Kinda fascinating, really, I amuse myself by watching what the bikers across the street consider uniform.

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Nora June 26, 2007 at 8:33 pm

Maybe a wedge heel, minimal detailing? In black, or possibly yellow or red (I love yellow or red with gray). Or tall, elegant, basic black boots, though it’s hard to think about those in late June.Crotch pockets – hee hee. But I do like that design.

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Anonymous June 26, 2007 at 9:17 pm

But if you put your wallet in one of the pockets, you’d get a weird bulge.Otherwise, pockets in dresses ftw!

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Zoltar Panaflex June 26, 2007 at 11:03 pm

I wonder about how those pockets behave when one sits down? If I was making such a dress I might introduce and invisible zipper or something to make sure the pockets behave themselves. Wonder what a good look for peeping out of the pocket lining fabric would be? The same thing I’d line the jacket with I suppose?

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Anonymous June 27, 2007 at 1:02 am

Why would a person want pockets in area where they would draw attention to possible figure flaws?

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La BellaDonna June 27, 2007 at 6:21 am

IMO, those pockets are perfectly placed to give the wearer a bulging belly, whether she started the day with one or not. And that’s before actually putting anything in the pockets. I would strongly suggest making this one up with nice boring ordinary seams over the belly, and putting pockets in the side of the dress, where the skirt flares out.I have to admit, that I don’t find the posture possibilities particularly attractive. It’s easy to look casual and cool with one hand stuck in a side pocket; however, with one hand? Both hands? stuck inside the belly pocket, it could make the least curious onlooker wonder what exactly was happening. I don’t think I’d want to encourage such speculation!

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Joni June 27, 2007 at 7:53 am

That’s a really neat dress (pocket problems aside). I find it interesting how the jacket totally transforms the look, making it much more… well… eighties. But on its own the dress has lovely lines. (Although I’m wondering if wearing it will make my head look tiny like it’s done to the model on the far right.)

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Danika Paige Myers June 27, 2007 at 9:10 am

I’m with the pocket-placement naysayers here – I would set patch pockets into the side front panels with the top cut on a slash (higher in the front than the back). if this were Erin’s gunmetal dress with minimal black piping, I’d be mighty tempted to run the piping along the top of the pockets, too.

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The J June 27, 2007 at 9:31 am

I was just popping on to ask if anyone ever had luck with those kind of pockets. I put them in a 6 gore skirt, thinking I’d eliminate the bulging problem that side seam pockets can get – boy was I wrong! The pocket would pop out while I was walking even, let alone sitting down. Little snaps in the centres of the opennings didn’t help either. It ended up getting sewn shut, and that skirt is now sadly pocketless.

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Diane June 27, 2007 at 9:52 am

I agree with Danika. While patch pockets at the hip line between the princess seam and side seam may widen the hips, the width is balanced by the width of the extended cap at the shoulders. Yup, I’d have to pipe the pockets too.

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Katie June 27, 2007 at 10:51 am

I too have a secret inner minimalist! Mine is very attracted to Japanese-influenced designs, loves a crisp linen, asymmetry, handwoven scarfs, and modern wooden jewelry. But for now, I’m more likely wear printed tee shirts and loud skirts. I recently whipped up a skirt with the same pocket placement; I think in a nice sturdy fabric, these pockets would be okay. My skirt pockets do not behave too well, as I used a gauzy cotton in a voluminous cut. I’ll try to remember to scan the pattern and send you a pic (Erin, it has a midriff band and a big, obi-like sash as well!).

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Isabella Massardo June 27, 2007 at 11:44 am

What a great blog! I’ve always said that lexicographers are interesting people. Just like translators ;-)

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Anonymous June 27, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I love pockets in dresses too. I need them for my job to carry keys around. So pockets in the front would look weird with a blob of keys. I prefer in-seam pockets at the sides. Otherwise love the lines of this.I still have a Vogue pattern from the ’80′s for a little girl’s dress, smocked, and with pockets. I made it for my oldest daughter. She was 4 years old at the time and loved it especially because it had pockets!-umjudis

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Moonwishes June 27, 2007 at 1:58 pm

The dress has nice style lines, but no crotch pockets please! I don’t understand the mentality that wants a woman looking like she is scratching her privates. Or with things in the pockets, growing more private things.

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Theresa June 27, 2007 at 3:23 pm

I saw lots of pockets on dresses at TJ MAXX and very pretty full skirts at Target.

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anthrok8 July 2, 2007 at 11:19 pm

I have two of the skirts Theresa saw at Target Boutique. I think. Maybe three? In khaki, polka dotted, and plaid. They are pockets of marvels. I love them. I think this dress is too 80′s… it says “Confirmation” or “Easter Dress Gone Bad” for me. Maybe it’s the accessories…

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