I think I was in my early 60’s when I discovered not all pocket decorations on clothing were ornamental. For some odd reason, I had bought a suit jacket and discovered what might be the outline of a pocket hidden in the inner lining. Yes. This might be a real pocket, but why is it sewn shut? I grabbed a stitch ripper out of my sewing kit and carefully pulled the thread from the outside where the pocket met the material and lo and behold, it was a real pocket that one could use for all sorts of things–not just a decoration.
I went through my closet and found old dress slacks with real pockets that needed to be opened, other jackets and even a shirt that had two, not one pocket sewn shut. Always a Google fan I tried to figure out this strange phenomenon when it began and why and soon gave up. Maybe I wasn’t asking the right questions in the search box. After puzzling over this problem for a few days I decided to call my sister and ask her why pockets were suddenly being sewn shut on clothing.
“Didn’t you know that? Most clothes have to have the pockets opened before you wear them. They have been doing this for years.”
Why I wondered? My sister didn’t know. I started to think of all the clothing I bought through the years and pondered how many items had unused pockets that could have been put to good use. How did other people find out about this? Why wasn’t I told? Why are momentous findings like this hidden from the average person? How do others make these discoveries? Sigh. I guess I’ll never know but from what I understand, almost every woman I asked in the past four years knew this pocket “secret” except me. Like I said, I’m 66 years old and still learning.