Archive for Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Aunt Norie’s sewing column

August 4, 2004

Laura shares this article from a 1980 edition of the Boston Globe.

A Pocket Full Of Woes

This is just full of information on pockets; like If you think they don't make them like they used to, you're right.

As clothing manufactures cut corners in every conceivable way, it follows that the pocket, often hidden from view, is the first to take the brunt of budget cost. That same manufacturer concerned that that pocket with its flimsy fabric may fall apart in your washing machine, may even label the garment, Dry Clean only.

Kids are at the bottom of the barrel, pocket wise. Every one knows how vital pockets are to a child. Yet many manufacturers reason that because a child will outgrow his jacket reasonably quickly, the pocketing can be cheap and doesn't need to last long.

A parent buys a garment to pass from child to child and to last 10 years or so, but its pocket has been made to last only about a year

Does a kangaroo ever get a hole in its pocket? No.

Does a piece of clothing ? All the time.

Pockets fade, pill, melt, shrink and most of all fall apart, demanding an addendum to Murphy's law. Every pocket will develop a hole. Here, it's the size of a quarter. No doubt French pockets develop holes the size of francs. And Japan has yen-sized holes.

Levi's and Wranglers have good track records on their pocket performance. Tough fabric, double stitching and pocket riveting are part of their manufacturing processes.

Imports seem particularly susceptible to poorly made pockets, as do men's pants and baseball-styled jackets. Check your pockets before you buy.

This article is great. More on pockets next week, including how to check before you buy.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086, auntnorie@bdc.net.

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