A Pocket by Any Other Name
Watching historically relevant drama on tv might spawn interest in minor details, as well as in the heroic brawny actor on the screen. Take pockets, for example. Watching Starz' sky-rocketing original series Outlander, you might notice the dangly things hanging on the front of the Highlanders' kilts. Those thingies are called "sporrans" and served as pockets for the dashing men in Scottish 18th Century life. Please note that women's clothing isn't always showing little dangly things. Where was she hiding that spare key? or her whatnots? Normally, pockets were something made as an addition to the wardrobe. In the men's case, with kilts not having built-in compartments for carrying much of anything, a sporran acted as the catchall. For ladies, there were pockets. Made as a separate reality, much like the sporran, but usually worn under her skirts. No shoulder bags, no tote bags. Perhaps a basket for marketing, and gathering of herbs and such. Saddlebags, to be sure, because one needed as many places to stash stuff as we do today. But there wasn't as much stuff. So women in the 18th Century developed their own style, as women have a tendancy to do.
for an overview, academically speaking. Watch in Outlander as Claire puts her hands in what seem to be pockets while she's wearing 18th Century garb. This isn't as odd as it might be, because in this case, the character is coming from another time where pockets, and pocketbooks already exist. So the practical Claire may well have had her garments made with the additon of a pocket or two for convenience' sake. Most women hid their pockets under their petticoats to protect their valuables,
ref: Barbara Burman in of "Pockets of History: The Secret Life of an Everyday Object."