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Date: 9/24/13 6:05 AM

Making a cocoa brown crepe fall pair of pants -- have my base pattern I use but am getting bored with everything I can think of to change the look am tired of inseam pocket, angled pocket

Anyone have any ideas what I can do -- like a different front pocket something, striking eye catching something (yes I know a different front pocket is really stepping out on the wild side LOL)

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Date: 9/24/13 6:26 AM

Do you get Threads magazine? Issue 162 (2012) includes a pants article with a front pocket bag with welt pocket opening placed on an angle: How to Create Tailored Pants




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Date: 9/24/13 1:55 PM

There are 4 basic pocket types: welt, patch, inseam, and slant (aka hip, Western, and at least half a dozen other names). Back in the day when I was making tons of pants, I wanted each one as different from the others as possible as I was using the same pattern.

Welt: never made so can't speak to those

Patch: great for casual pants and so easy. Ideas: various shapes; built-on flap; separate flap; opening on the side right at the side seam; a two-piece with opening down the middle; over the side seam so half in front and half in back; buttonhole at upper middle to button to pants; upper edge slanted to look like a hip pocket; a mini-pocket sewn in the center of patch pocket; and others.

Inseam: not much variety but can put a flap attached to front side seam; a tab which buttons to back at side seam; some decorative sides at the front side seam. Inseam pockets can be put in any seam so if have princess seams or a yoke can put them there. (Of course this will make bulk when you put something in the pocket).

Slant pockets: a myriad of shapes: slanted, rounded, pointed, double curved, Western style, and others. There is a one-layer pocket where you don't use a facing piece but stitch it to the pants for a more casual look. You can decorate at the opening or put a flap, button, or other.

Back in the 70s there was more variety to the look of pants: yokes, front and/or back, a multitude of pocket styles, cuffed, contrasting fabric below knee to match the contrasting yoke (not sure I ever understood that one!), Navy style with either buttons or zips, side or front buttoned, and so on.

There is another style, not too popular now, but great when you need a little let-out: you make slanted pockets, but don't sew the facing completely to the pants on the left side(this will be your opening). Make a long band which was close at the side seams, allowing enough for under- and over-lapping (and extra for some let-out and put on snaps or large hooks and eyes.)

I have bags of pattern pieces for waistbands, pockets, flaps, etc. and can just pull out the pieces I want for pants. I had fun making the various designs.

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Subject: Pants Pockets Ideas? Bored w/ the same ol same ol Date: 9/29/13 8:08 PM

My response is embellish the pocket. You can add piping to the edges, whip the piping with floss, bind them with leather, put tucks on the pocket in all sorts of configurations, make pockets in layers like a bigger one covering part of a smaller one. The sky's the limit with embellishing. Pocket designs are pretty classic and there's not much new there but embellishing them can give them a lot of pizazz.

I recently saw a tucked coin pocket inside a slant jeans pocket in the current Threads magazine. Very cute.
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Date: 10/23/13 0:43 AM

Just for fun and really thinking out of the box... I made a draw string bag for front pockets on pants. They were sort of fun and certainly a conversation starter.

Not sure I'd want them on every pair of pants, but it was different.

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Date: 10/23/13 7:33 AM

I like the piping idea.
Maybe pinterest would have some ideas. Just know that you won't have time to sew after you check out that site!!!! So fun, but what a time sink...

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Date: 10/23/13 9:29 AM

Some ideas from kids patterns, if you are doing casual:

-Add a little buckle over the pocket, sewn between 2 tabs.
-Using a scoop style, make buttonholes at both top ends and the middle of the pocket. Run a loose contrasting tube strip thru all, tie outside knots on all 3 to show, and let the ends hang down.
-Sew 3 leather or suede strips in several colors part way up the pocket (arrows shapes for instance).

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Date: 10/23/13 11:33 AM

I'm with you, vflinn, I love interesting pockets and other details!

I maintain a Pinterest board where I save away interesting pockets. (These are for all sorts of garments, not just pants.) I'm sure there are other, similar boards. Here's mine:
http://www.pinterest.com/shams/pockets/

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