Ask Emmi - What is the rule about opening pockets and vents?

Q: Let me ask you a stupid question about my new jacket...any sport coat really.  I know there is no such thing as a stupid question but this one may qualify. You may have noticed that the pockets remained sewn shut.  What is the rule about opening the pockets and for that matter the rear vent?  Cut em open: leave em closed?  OK, that's two questions but we'll count it as one. A:  Pockets and vents are basted (a loose stitch) closed to protect them during shipping and merchandising. The vent should absolutely have the string removed before wearing, and as for the pockets, it's personal preference.  I usually leave mine stitched simply because I have a tendency to put my phone and keys in them which can distort the shape and fit after a while.


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