I am making my own version of these embroidered pockets from the Met. They're the kind of pockets that tied around the waist and were reached through a slit in the skirt.
|Pockets, 1700-1750, silk satin. From the Met.|
|Typical pair of embroidered 18th century pockets, also from the met. The design is symmetrical and fits the shape of the pocket.|
They're pretty, but I don't like them as much as the strawberry pockets. The strawberry pockets are awesome.
|A closeup of the original pockets. Strawberries and yellow bias tape are such a happy combination!|
The Met was thoughtful enough to include a measurement, 38.7 cm high. So I drew the design for each pocket on some old computer paper, as accurately as I could, with the exception of the random little bit of vine that appeared to be growing out of a leaf on the top of the pocket on the right.
|The vines drawn on paper, with the random piece of vine left out.|
|An photograph of an upside down, half embroidered pocket.|
|An outlined piece and a not outlined piece, you can also see the spot where I had to change to a different brand of embroidery floss.|
They aren't meant to be an exact copy, my gold thread is quite a bit thinner and I used a different colour for the light green parts, but they will look pretty much the same when they are done. I'll do another post on them when they are finished, which should be sometime this year.