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pick pocket proof patterns

sewingfan | Posted in General Discussion on

I will be travelling to Rome around Easter and want to make some ‘pick pocket proof’ clothing – a vest or jacket perhaps.  Does any one know where I can find patterns that still look stylish yet have hidden pockets.  I don’t want to look like I’m going on a safari  like the Tilley Endurables clothing.



  1. katina | | #1

    There was a discussion about this earlier this year.  Do a search under travel vests, travel accessories, and you'll probably find what you're looking for.

  2. woodruff | | #2

    I have traveled a lot in Europe, and I don't think I'd suggest the many-pocketed vests or jackets, which tend to look dead-giveaway "tourist." In months of travel, I've never been bothered by a pickpocket anywhere, and I'd like to think it's because I blend in. Oh, sure, I often have a tiny camera, but then, 50% of the people you meet in any large city in Europe are likely to be tourists, and they all carry cameras.

    When I'm away from the hotel, I carry my credit cards in one of those little, silky pouches on a cord under my blouse. It doesn't show, because the pouch is flat and rests next to my ribs, under my boob. For carrying other stuff around, I have a very, very small black leather fanny pack or "bum bag," which is well-enough made that it looks like a small purse. I usually have the waistband shortened and slung over one shoulder, so that the pack itself sits high up under my arm, close to my body. It's scarcely visible, yet if I need to wear it as a fanny pack, I can do so.

    Here is what I generally have in it: a small amount of local currency, a compact/mirror, lipstick, small comb, sunglasses, a teeny Swiss Army knife, kleenex, a pen and miniature notepad, and a pillbox for any medications I may need to take during the day.

    That really seems to be all I need for a full day of activity, and I'm certainly not burdened down with stuff. I generally have a string bag to carry any purchases.

    1. sewingfan | | #5

      Your comments make a lot of sense - blending in instead of standing out!.  I'll have a look around for a little 'bum bag' like you mentioned.  During past travels I have always used a waist pouch but don't feel comfortable dragging my blouse or t shirt out of my waist area to get at my money etc.  So thanks again for the advice.

  3. SewingWriter | | #3
    1. sewingfan | | #4

      Thank you for the fast reply to my question about pick pocket proof garments.  After posting the request I spent a bit more time on the internet and came across the web-site for saf-t-pockets.   I like their patterns and will probably use one or two.


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