CREATING VARIETY IN POCKET DESIGN:
Pockets can be of varied shapes-rectangular, triangular, heart shpaed, oval shped, scalloped, round. They may be placed at different positions in the garment. A pocket design can be with two breast pockets and two hip pockets, the size of the hip pocket being about 1� times more than the size of the breast pockets.
Interesting effects can be achieved by planning pockets of material different in color, design, texture or grain from the garment material. A design with the pocket flap (also the collar and buttons) can be made out of contrasting coloured material. A design with printed pockets on a plain garment and vice versa. A striped dress design where the pocket is cut on crosswise grain and finished with bias edging while the rest of the garment is cut on lengthwise grain.
The outer edge of the pocket may be finished with ruffles, bias binding lace decorative stitches, applique, tucks, pleats, embroidery, patch work etc.
Plan pocket designs that harmonize with the design of the fabric as well as the design of the garment and its components (collar, sleeve, cuff etc.) For the striped dress the rectangular shaped pockets cut on crosswise grain and finished with bias edging is a good choice. The scalloped pocket in look becoming because they harmony with the scalloped collar and heart shaped pocket of the dress.
The sex and age as well as the figure and personality of the wearer should also be considered while designing pockets. Choose the poscket designs that suit for children's dresses. Scalloped and rounded pocket are becoming only for girls dresses. Straight line pockets are suitable for men's and boys garments. For older women and short women, inconspicouous designs such as set-in pocket are advisable. Women with a large bust line should avoid designs with breast pockets. The pocket designs should be appropriate fro the type of garment and the purpose and use of the garment. For example, simple straight line pockets are suitable for school uniforms and casual wear garments, while conspicuous pocket styles with decoration trimmings (suited to the wearer) may be used on party wear dresses.