Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.
For a perfectly period solution to carry my historical (and not so historical!) items during the upcoming museum season, I made a pair of patchwork pockets:
"[While] there were no mobile phones, car keys or credit cards in the 18th century...women kept a wide variety of objects in their pockets. In the days when people often shared bedrooms and household furniture, a pocket was sometimes the only private, safe place for small personal possessions [such as money and jewelry]...A pocket was a handy place to keep everyday implements, such as a pincushion, thimble, pencil case, knife and scissors...Other useful things found in pockets were keys, spectacles, a watch and pocket books...Many pockets held objects essential to personal grooming, such as a mirror, scent bottle, snuffbox and comb...A pocket was [even] a useful place to carry food."Excerpt the Victoria & Albert Museum's neat article on the History of Pockets - make sure to check it out!
Using leftover reproduction cotton and homespun scraps from other projects, I first made a red, yellow & brown themed patchwork pocket, which is backed with (another leftover scrap) a dark, chocolate linen.
Then, just in the nick of time, today, for the March Stashbusting Challenge of the 2015 Historical Sew Monthly, I finished the pair with a blue themed patchwork pocket, backed with leftover fabric from my 1850s striped work petticoat. A patchwork pocket seemed to be the perfect entry for the stash busting challenge as it doesn't take too much time to make and is a great way to use up some of those scraps. Plus, what makes these pockets extra worthwhile is that they hold both fond memories of past projects and your keys!
The Challenge: #3 Stashbusting - make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash. (Bonus: also works for #2 Blue)
Fabric: Various reproduction cottons, homespun, linen & a neutral colored cotton (used for binding and lining)
Pattern: My own with a tutorial to follow
Year: None specifically; intended use for 1800s-1830s impressions
How historically accurate is it? Except the machine stitching, I would say the pockets are plausible. The shape looks right as do the materials, so how about 80% accuracy?
Take a look at some of these beautiful originals:
Winterthur Museum Collection
(Image via: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/404409241515315043/)
|Early 19th century pocket.|
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(Image via: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/122261)
|Early to mid-1800s patchwork pocket.|
Royal School of Needlework Collection, Pockets of History, VADS
(Image via: http://www.vads.ac.uk/large.php?uid=94031&sos=10)
Here are some more gorgeous 18th Century Women’s Pockets to oogle over and inspire you!
First worn: Not yet, though, once I add some cotton tapes, I am looking forward to using them throughout the coming museum interpreting season!
|Pockets are great for carrying period sewing supplies...|
|As well as hiding more modern items!|
Want a pair of patchwork pockets yourself? Stay tuned for the upcoming tutorial where I'll show you how simple & fun they are to make! Thanks for reading!