Pretentious pockets and optical illusions

pocketI 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.



6 thoughts on “Pretentious pockets and optical illusions

  1. Doug ( July 18, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I spotted this on the net and it seems like a logical answer and makes some sense. All my life higher end men’s suit coats have side pockets sewn shut.

    “They’re to preserve the lines of your clothes. Gaping pockets make your clothes look bad. You’re free to do whatever you want with them once you’ve bought them, of course, but you’ve probably seen more than a few women with slant pockets gaping like little gills. This means their pants don’t fit, but you wouldn’t be able to tell as well if the pockets weren’t open.

    In other words, it makes them look better on the rack and you can make your own decision when you take them home.”

    Go figger. 🙂

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    • Andrea T July 19, 2017 / 6:31 am

      LOL. Thanks so much for clearing up this puzzle for me. You said, “All my life higher end suits…” it sounds like you KNEW also. I never did. I often wonder if sometimes I clop through life not noticing things and then, at this age, I am astounded at my discoveries and must find the answer. Thanks for reading.


      • Doug ( July 19, 2017 / 10:57 am

        You are not the only one to have late-in-life revelations that challenge what we know (or don’t). Here’s a story for you…

        My GF… also divorced after 30+ years of marriage… and in her 50’s at the time… during a discussion of the Titanic and the culprit iceberg that did the dastardly deed, in a discussion spawned by some History Channel thing, she seemed a bit confused as to what comprised an iceberg. I’m more a science guy and the more I explained about icebergs the more confused look I saw on her face. Then she blurted out, confusingly, “But isn’t an iceberg a mountain of ice?”

        Well, as it turned out.. some teacher in early grammar school days told her students that icebergs were “mountains of ice”.. and my GF took it literally (she’s also blonde, which explains some of this)… for the next half century. In other words…. she figured the mountain of ice was literally a mountain from the sea floor to the surface… not the metaphor of a floating ice cube “mountain” sticking above the surface. In other words, the Titanic “struck”, or ran into, a stationary “mountain of ice”.. and not an “ice cube”.

        So.. you just never know. 🙂


      • Andrea T July 19, 2017 / 11:32 am

        Too funny. I love science also. I am dumbfounded by some people and their lack of knowledge. A resident in our building has a parrot that she thought was male for the past 20 years. Well, her male parrot laid an egg. Our property manager immediately called her to the office to ask, “Does this mean you will have two birds now? Our pet policy is only one animal.” PS Yes. It was quite a large ice cube the Titanic struck.


    • Andrea T July 19, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Hi Doug, I tried to leave a comment on your recent post. I liked it! I think there is a glitch in your website.


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