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Ed Rush

Why is it called a sport coat? What does it have to do with any known sport? And I agree totally about the frustration of fake pockets.

Mike Peterson

I checked my assumption and was right, that the coats began as hunting jackets, then became casual wear for watching sports and part of uniforms for cricket/rugby/football sorts of sportsmen.

My suspicion came from the fact that I did a lot of reporting jobs in shooting jackets because of their capacious pockets and yet sort of LLBeanish fashionable look. Notebooks, camera, film, all sorts of stuff could be in there permanently, a very good thing when, for instance, you thought you were going to lunch and found yourself at a bank robbery.

Or a cricket match, of course. A little less likely, but semper paratus.

Mark Jackson

You linked to the wrong trailer. Here's the real one:


Mary in Ohio

Actually, some of them HAVE pockets, but the seams are sewn shut so you can't cram stuff in and spoil the line. Undo the inner seam and you have access to a pocket I know, because my black (women's) blazer had to be modified so I could carry my car keys when I attended weddings or funerals. And women's clothes have a LOT fewer pockets than men's !

Ed Rush

Thanks for the reply.

Ed Rush

Mark: That link is just too cool!

Robin (from racs)

I've spent enough time in my life working (at least tangentially) with tailors to have always known what's going on with that pocket stitching. For men's jackets (and serious women's jackets), those are in fact real pockets. They're sewn shut with basting stitches during the construction of the jacket to keep the opening from stretching or being pressed out of shape during finishing, handling, shipping, display, etc. In the old days, the shop staff routinely cut the basting before handing it over to the customer. These days, when more of us do self-serve shopping and just bring the goods to the register, we have to do it ourselves. So grab your seam ripper or a nail scissors and pull out the basting stitches; you'll notice they're larger than regular seam stitching and come loose quite easily.
I've stopped being surprised at how few people know about this. I've opened pockets for many of my male friends and some of the women as well. Even when I buy used blazers at thrift stores, chances are good that the pockets were never cut.
(Too often, though, women's brands do have just flaps, no pocket underneath, both because it's cheaper and it's expected that we'll carry purses anyway. I need my pockets, and I've even passed up jeans because the decorative watch pocket isn't big enough to hold my actual pocketwatch.)

Mike Peterson

True of the relatively expensive Italian blazer I got at a going-out-of-business sale, not true of the cheapo JC Penney blazers I can afford the rest of the time.

And that little pocket in your jeans is called a "watch pocket" because you're supposed to watch your dog at the park and, when he poops, take a bag out of that pocket and pick it up. Very handy, holds three or four bags at a time.

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