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    Friday, June 15, 2018

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    How to draft side slanted pockets

     

    How to draft side slanted pockets

    After drafting a new slimmer fit trouser block and making them up into the below pair of trousers, I realised after wearing them a few times how much I missed having pockets. Often neglected, I decided to draft some side slanted to make up a new pair of trousers in this fabric (I also included a fly front - see later blog).

    These pockets can still be applied to any garment - be it a skirt, dress (with a waist seam) or trouser - provided it has side seams.

    1 - Draw the side slant pocket on the trouser front at the side seam. I have drawn a straight opening but it could be curved, just make sure the opening is big enough to get your hand in.

    2 - Trace around the trouser front across the waist and down the side seam onto another piece of paper to make the yoke and pocket pattern piece.

    3 - Draw in the pocket bag shape making it deep and wide enough to fit your hand in.

    4 - Trace around the yoke and pocket pattern piece on another piece of paper to make the pocket lining. Mark the pocket opening on this and cut it away.

    5 - Mark the pattern pieces as shown below.

    Stitch pocket lining on front garment piece, right sides together (pocket opening can also be curved), matching notches.

    Turn the pocket and press the edge (if curved, clip the seam allowance before turning the pocket).

    Topstitch the edge of pocket to keep the lining from ‘rolling’ outside.

    Sew the pocket piece to the pocket lining with right sides together, matching notches. Finish the raw edges

    Machine tack the top and the sides of pocket to the garment piece.


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