Three Pocket Items

by Erin on July 13, 2009

Vogue 8577

This is Vogue 8577, which STILL doesn't have any reviews (that I can find) on PatternReview. C'mon, people! I don't have time to sew modern stuff that hasn't been reviewed on PatternReview! (Luckily, this dress has plenty of reviews. But no pockets. I can add pockets, though …)

The Guardian has a piece on "how to wear dresses with pockets", which I'm not sure needed the depth of treatment they gave it (and I think their presenter, Jess Cartner-Morley, either thought the whole thing was a bit ridic herself, or it was the morning after the night before, as she wasn't able to work up much enthusiasm for the subject). Anyway, it's a video, just so's you know. (Thanks to Lolita for the link!)

Liz sent me a link to a pocket exhibition in Australia. I was pretty excited (not booking-tickets-to-Australia excited, but still excited) until I saw that the exhibit was of ONE JACKET, and "a collection of small, stand-alone pockets, made from materials such as leather and fabric". Hmmph.

At least I'm almost done with a skirt that has exclamation-point fabric pockets. Now there are some pockets to be excited about!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

xstpenguin July 13, 2009 at 9:56 am

That Guardian thing – really? How to wear a dress with pockets – put your hands in them. Bit like those serving suggestions you get on tins and packets – try putting it on a plate!I quite liked the dress she was wearing, but the rest were very sack like as she showed them on hangers. Pockets are for putting things in dear. Like you said Erin, she didnt seem to be able to work up much enthusiasm for the subject!That Vogue dress looks comfy – the right fabric and could be pretty too. I hope someone is up for a test drive of the pattern soon!Only thing better than an ! is an !? Which is, of course, called an interrabang. Love them, I do. Cant you tell!?


E2D2 July 13, 2009 at 10:06 am

I just finished making this dress last weekend and love it! The pockets are nice and deep and the whole thing was easy to put together with well drafted pieces.


Lydia July 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

I keep looking at this pattern, but I know those gathers at the shoulders would *not* flatter me. And Im too lazy to redraft the pattern piece to eliminate them.


Kristy July 13, 2009 at 10:07 am

Wow, I love that Vogue dress. If I wasnt sick at home with the flu, Id start it today :)


Cindy July 13, 2009 at 10:34 am

I have both patterns but havent tried either! I have to say–I have always had luck with vogue dresses esp. the easy sew (I am not sure if either falls in the easy sew catagory). Cant wait to see your version–I might try the one with pockets soon!


Cookie July 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Will they do a video on How To Wear Shoes With Laces next?


El Notable July 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm

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brocadegoddess July 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Say, have you ever heard of/read the article by Barbara Burman entitled Pocketing the Difference? Its a really delightfully written article on womens pockets mostly during the 19th century and issues surrounding them.


Sandy March 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

I read a tongue-in-cheek article, once, written in about 1915 (anthologized in a collection of comtemporary articles and poems about the Women’s Suffrage movement) defending lack of pockets in women’s clothes; my favorite bit was, “Men have traditionally used pockets to carry tobacco, liquor flasks, and compromising letters; we see no indication that women would use them for any better purposes.” !


Jill July 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I made the Vouge 1086 after you posted it here this spring. I agree with most of the reviews- definitely low cut and wide arm holes, I wear a cami under it for work. A couple comments I didnt see in the reviews… If you follow the directions for the neck facing, you will end up with a blob of fabric in the front rather than a nice point. I had to get a second opinion on how to fix it, and if you go with instinct rather than the instructions you should be fine. Also, if you use a directional print fabric and cut according to the pattern grain lines, the yoke front print will end up sideways. Overall, glad I made it!


Marjie July 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm

How to wear pockets. Next weeks symposium covers how to wear sleeves, with the bonus discussion: Shoes: are they right for you?


Lisa Simeone July 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Remember that Seinfeld episode where Elaine gets mad at the guy shes dating because of exclamation points? He didnt use one in a note he wrote to her relaying a message from a friend whod had a baby. You know, says Jerry, I thought Ive heard everything. Ive never heard a relationship being affected by a punctuation.


Theresa July 13, 2009 at 11:43 pm

i found the cure to my insomnia (almost) the pocket video!


Anonymous July 14, 2009 at 3:13 am

Hmm, I like the look of that dress (V8577), however there was a comment on pattern review to the effect that why was it shown as a drawing rather than on a model? And would it make those of us with chunky waists look even more chunky? I am also waiting to see a review of it, glad it worked out for you E2D2, do you have pictures?????????Anon in Ireland


Latter-Day Flapper July 14, 2009 at 8:32 am

Now women need instructions on wearing dresses with pockets?? Thats it–Western civilization is coming to an end.I kind of like 8577–it has that waist-yoke-button-front-1940s-housedress-ish thing going on.


Cookie July 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Next weeks symposium covers how to wear sleeves, with the bonus discussion: Shoes: are they right for you? THIS JUST IN: The groundbreaking Understanding Underwear video has just been green lit!!!


Latter-Day Flapper July 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Adding shape? My hips dont need any more shape!How about Not dropping your stuff or Sneaking fun-size candy bars into that summer rom-com matinee?


Anonymous July 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

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Kim F. July 15, 2009 at 9:32 am

Ive been waiting for a review on 8577, too. Its been on my wishlist for quite some time since it looks good and vintage-y to my eye. 1086 Im trying to get up the nerve to make a muslin of soon in the hopes that it will work in silk charmeuse for my 20th high school reunion!


Rachel July 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

Thanks for the link to the pocket exhibition… its in my city! Im gonna head on down this weekend or next week!! 😀


Julie July 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Holy moly, Vogue 8577 has been added to the list, IYKWIM. Really cute. I dont know when Ill be able to buy it, though — anyone know why Vogue Patterns are so friggin expensive? Last time I looked (at a large Canadian chain) they were like $25.99. Erin, did you get the MEAT fabric yet? I sent it some time ago and I havent had Internet access to check for successful delivery. (Thanks to an anonymous neighbour I have rejoined society… but I shall say no more.)


Erin July 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm

oh! no meat fabric yet, but I havent been to the post office for days … Ill check on Monday! Thanks!


brocadegoddess July 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Last time I looked (at a large Canadian chain) they were like $25.99.Julie: which chain are we talking about here? The only one I know of in Canada (Im Canadian too) is Fabricland, where they sell them most of the time for something like 50% off the MSR. Notably, they constantly have pattern sales, cycling through the Big 4 companies + Burda. They end up having Vogue patterns on sale for $5.99 about 4 times/year. You can look up sales on the website Its the only time I buy vogue patterns. They are actually on sale this week (July 20-26) in most Ontario stores!


CHICKDOWNTOWN.COM Kyra July 23, 2009 at 7:27 am

Absolutely love these dresses! So timeless and classy


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