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. Continue reading