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Date: 6/4/12 1:28 PM

Hey everyone,

i want to sew some insaem-side pockets, wich are able to turn inside out for my swimming trunks. I didn't found some to buy, all the trunks has such a netmaterial and i want to look cool.
What material i will need and its possible to do per hand? Are there some patterns for the shape?

Thank you

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Date: 6/4/12 7:06 PM

There are quite a number of tutorials online, so I've tried to select a couple that may answer your question most directly. I assume that you want an inseam pocket that is loose inside the garment ("can be turned inside out"), as opposed to a patch pocket stitched on the leg of the garment. Yes, you can sew this by hand; your results will depend on how well you hand stitch.

If you are adding pockets to a pair of swim trunks (shorts?) you already own, you'll need to open the side seams of the swim trunks by removing the stitches in the seams. You'll need a seam ripper: Seam Ripper. Don't cut the fabric; remove the stitching.

As to patterns, you can trace a pocket you like in a garment you own, or you can draft your own: Draft an Inseam Pocket Pattern, Burda-Style. It's important that the pocket is big enough for you to put your hand into it and deep enough so that items don't fall out. I've had good luck using the basic shape you see in this tutorial.

Sewing Inseam Pockets Tutoral. I just used this method this weekend. I find that pressing the pocket seam allowances toward the pocket pieces (and I stitched the seam allowances to the pocket pieces at that point to stabilize the edge of the pocket) means that I don't have to do any clipping of corners that you'll see in other tutorials. (You can skip the instructions about serging everything before sewing the pieces together.)

Fabric: I would use a woven fabric rather than a knit. Depending on the knit, it could stretch out when you wear the garment, especially a garment that gets wet. With a woven fabric, the pocket shape will be stable. A fabric similar to your swim trunks would be ideal so it would dry as quickly as the rest of the garment, probably a polyester or poly/cotton blend. However, 100% cotton woven fabric will work also. (Cut up an old or worn dress shirt, for example?)

Edited to add: I just realized that you want a net material. Find your local fabric store and ask the salesperson for assistance in finding the type of fabric you want. Bring your swim trunks and explain what you want to do. Fabric store sales people can be very helpful.

Your basic list of instructions:

1. Find or draft a pocket pattern.
2. Cut 4 pocket pieces from your fabric (2 for each pocket).
3. Open the side seams in the swim trunks. You do not need to open the entire seam. The length of the side of the pocket plus an inch or more should be enough.
4. Sew a pocket piece to each open seam edge (4 edges). Be sure to sew them on so that the seam allowances end up inside the garment. Be sure to place them so that they will line up with each other in the next step.
5. Stitch the side seam: Re-sew the open side seam above pocket. Turn, and sew the two pocket pieces together around the outside of the pockets. When you reach the side seam at the bottom of the pocket, turn and re-sew the rest of the side seam.

Note that there are many different types of pockets and different ways of sewing them. For your application, I think this is one of the easiest and most straightforward.

I applaud your DIY determination and curiosity about sewing. Please let us know how this project turns out!

CMC
-- Edited on 6/4/12 7:29 PM --

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Date: 6/5/12 9:10 AM

Thank you!
Yes, i took the shape of a pocket from a other shorts, so i don't get trouble with drawing. As material i cut some old shorts made of tiny, white polyester.
Sewing seems to be no problem for me..
But is used this stitch, cause i think this is easy to do, i hope that the tiny fabric will frazzle.
Ok, i will make a photo :)

Edit: Fortunately, i didn't have to open the seam, cause the shorts had allready pockets. I want to only renew the pouches.
-- Edited on 6/5/12 9:13 AM --

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Date: 6/5/12 9:49 AM

The result. A lot of work



Thank you CM_Sews :)

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Date: 6/5/12 2:28 PM

Wow! They turned out very well.

The hand stitch you chose is very sturdy and your new pockets should last a long time.

Thanks,
CMC

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Date: 6/6/12 4:00 PM

Yes, I have tried it in the pool, they float out by itself.
Btw i have a tip. I scorched the edge of the cutted material with a lighter. The polyester is molten and so i think its more robust.

Edit: But be very careful!
-- Edited on 6/6/12 4:01 PM --

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