Recently, I began the process of creating my own pockets. (You can see the inspiration pockets here, and my working template here.) Once the shape was down, it was time to pick fabric. As I believe I mentioned earlier, I have some velvet that I want to use on the outside.
But, I know better than to use the velvet for structural work on something this small* as it can lead to issues. So when I picked a cotton for the backing I decided to make it the front double layered for strength and convenience.
So, I reached into my stash and I found a quilting cotton that called to me. Its not exactly in the historical spirit, but I love it.
Once we had selection, it was time to think about seams. As I wasn’t going to baste the edges the choice felt obvious. If you want strength, you have to go for a french seam. This, to me, means that it needs to be on the inside of the pocket.
I know that is not traditional, but I really felt like I wanted the pocket to have bot strength and a nice finished look and exposed seams with velvet….. lets just say its not what I was going for. The steps were as follows:
- Lay the pieces wrong side out
- Add some nice, big basting stitches on the side with the velvet to hold it in place*
- Create the french seam
- Turn the edges of the pocket slit in to make its edges look clean and stitch it down with a running stitch
- Turn the pocket right side out
- Test seams, reinforce as needed**
And then, you have a pocket that is just ready and waiting for a waist strap.
Its 24 CM tall in total, but honestly now, it looks a bit small. I’m wondering if I don’t need to make a bigger one. A larger work pocket?
*These are not structural stitches. Velvet is slippery and these are just tacking it in place to avoid the slip issues. You can take them out after
**Yes, I always check, even when the work is good, and in this case once I had my hands in it, I could see where I might generate more stress points and I like to put some extra stitches in those locations (mostly the bottom curve at this point)