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Date: 1/13/14 10:40 AM

I have made Simplicity 2700 my TNT pattern for pants. I really like the way they fit however, the pockets just don't comply.

I don't know if they are considered to be slash or slant pockets; but I am wondering about options to keep the pockets (they're nice and large) but not have them bulge out. On my last pair I just left them off; on the pair before those I ended up sewing them shut afterwards. Frustrating!

There is a yoke (in the fashion fabric) that is sewn to a pocket/yoke piece (in the lining fabric). The area at the side seam where the pant front, pant back, pocket lining, pocket lining and yoke and yoke all meet is so bulky! And even though the yoke is stitched down to the pocket lining piece, it doesn't lie perfect smooth and wants to "come out" of the pocket.

Any tips?

Is there a better pocket shape that I can perhaps redraft the pocket to?

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Date: 1/13/14 12:26 PM

Two things come to mind: stabilize the pocket opening with a strip of lining or silk organza cut on the straight grain. The pocket opening is on the bias which makes it stretch more easily .
The second thing is making the pocket opening just a little bit smaller (no need to alter the pattern, just pin the pocket opening a little over the edges), this way it has no room for moving and poke out.

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Date: 1/13/14 1:07 PM

ah-ha! That makes sense. I will try it on the next pair.

This fabric did seem to stretch a lot...my waistband facing is way larger than the waistband pieces when it came time to put it together.

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Date: 1/13/14 3:02 PM

Have you ever used elastic to stabilize? Wide for the waist and narrow for the pockets.

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Date: 1/13/14 3:08 PM

I have not. At what point would it be added during construction?

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Date: 1/13/14 3:51 PM

Same as with any other interfacing. Or, this way. Just don't pull it so tight the band puckers.



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Date: 1/13/14 4:17 PM

Interesting. Never thought to try that but will add it to my list! I have so many suiting fabrics and need more pants! :)

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Date: 1/14/14 0:47 AM

Stitch Witchery might work too. It's fusible on both sides and comes in a roll of many different widths. I keep the 5/8" around and find many uses for it, even hems that need stabilized.

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Date: 1/14/14 1:49 AM

I simply can NOT wear that style of pocket. The pockets bulge and pull in a most unflattering way, (especially when sitting) even when the pants are large enough in the hips.

No amount of stabilizing the opening helps for me. I sew them closed on RTW. When sewing, I reshape the opening to a more horizontal line so the pocket opens from the top rather than the side. Kwik Sew 3540 shows a suitable pocket style for me, easy to draft up a similar opening.

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Date: 1/14/14 9:11 AM

I agree with Amy-may in that a pocket that is more horizontal is better. A couple things to try: 1) stabilize the edge with a stay-tape that's about 1/4" shorter than the pocket slant, stretching it to match the pocket that will take some of the slack out of it. After attaching the pocket, baste the pocket top to the waist, but before basting to the side seam, put the pant over a ham and smooth the pocket/pant toward the side seam. The pocket side will most likely go beyond the pant & that's OK -- again it gets rid of the slack. These tips come from Sandra Betzina so if you have one of her books you might check there for detailed instructions & pictures. I still can't get a perfectly flat pocket but these things do help. In her Craftsy Class, Kathy Ruddy gives the suggestion to make the pocket more curved than straight. Good luck.

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