10th Doctor blue suit analysis, part 8 - left chest pocket

Tenth Doctor Blue Suit Analysis


Part 8 - Left Chest Pocket

The left chest pocket on the 10th Doctor's suit jacket was unique in several ways. 

First, the pocket flap was not the shape typically seen on a suit jacket or blazer; rather than an M-shaped flap that has a slight point in the center, the pocket flap curved upward toward the middle. 

Second, the pinstripes on the upper edge of the pocket flap aligned perfectly with those on the suit jacket. 

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
4x8 "Silence in the Library"
10th Doctor blue suit pocket
Season 4 publicity photo


Also note that the pocket flap did not have the conventional topstitching approximately ¼" below the top edge:

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
3x7 "42"
10th Doctor blue suit pocket
4x6 "The Doctor's Daughter"


However, the pocket flap didn't flap open all the way to the upper stitch line, leading us to believe that the pocket flap facing was hand sewn to the jacket body.

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
3x1 "Smith and Jones"


The pocket pouch itself was also unique, perhaps most notably because it was an external pocket, rather than the internal pocket typically seen on suit jackets, sport coats, and blazers. 


Another unique characteristic of the pocket pouch was that it was pleated on each side of the pocket center, with each folded edge positioned exactly on a pinstripe (forming a raised panel on the pocket exactly two pinstripes wide).

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
3x1 "Smith and Jones"


The top of the pocket pouch was turned under and hemmed (see above), and the pocket pouch itself was edge-stitched onto the jacket body.

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
Season 4 publicity photo


Although the pinstripes on the upper edge of the pocket flap perfectly aligned with those on the jacket body, not all of the pinstripes on the lower edge of the pocket pouch did; this is because the front fitting dart extended to underneath the pocket pouch and therefore shifted the relative distance between pinstripes beneath the pocket. 

As you can see, the pinstripes on the centermost lower edge of the pocket pouch aligned with those on the jacket body, but those on the outermost lower edge did not:

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
4x13 "Journey's End"


Also observe how, because of the fitting dart, the side/outer edge of the pocket pouch sort of "floated" across one pinstripe to the other.


Oddly, although the pinstripes on the pocket flap and pouch (mostly) aligned with those on the jacket body, the pocket flap and pouch were cut differently on the early and later versions of the suit jacket. 

On one version of the suit jacket, the centermost edge of the pocket flap was on a pinstripe, while the outer edge extended slightly past a pinstripe:

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
Season 4 publicity photo


We spotted this version of the pocket flap as early as mid-season 3 and during the blue suit's final appearance in "The Waters of Mars" special, so it doesn't seem to be a case of stylistic evolution in one direction or the other.

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
3x7 "42"
10th Doctor blue suit pocket
5x03 "The Waters of Mars"


A second version of the pocket flap was basically the opposite of the aforementioned; the outermost edge of the pocket flap was on a pinstripe, but the centermost edge extended past a pinstripe.

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
4x8 "Silence in the Library"


And a third version of the pocket flap had both the centermost and side/outer edges between pinstripes!

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
Publicity photo


Note that while the pocket flap varied in width (and cut), the width of the pocket pouch itself appeared to remain consistent. 

Also, unlike the asymmetrical pocket pouch on the brown suit, the pocket pouch on the blue suit was symmetrical! It was 8 pinstripes wide, with 3 pinstripes on each side of the pleat (which was 2 pinstripes wide). 

10th Doctor blue suit pocket
Season 3 publicity photo


However, observe that in all three cases, the pocket flap was slightly wider than the pocket pouch itself; while the side/outer edge of the pocket pouch was on a pinstripe, each version of the pocket flap extended past the side/outer edge of the pocket so it was between pinstripes. 

This was probably because the pocket pouch extended downward at a slight (diagonal) angle, whereas the pocket flap was more likely to hang vertically, and it wouldn't do for the pocket pouch to appear wider than the flap! 

In other words, if the pocket flap and pocket pouch were the same width, the pocket pouch would appear to get wider as it got lower (in relation to the flap). 

Why did the pocket style slightly change? And why so many times?



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