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Posted on: 9/5/03 5:20 PM
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This is a side-seam pocket technique that I saw in the Kwik-Sew and Stretch and Sew pants I made this summer. It looks very RTW when finished. Basically, the front pocket piece becomes a facing; it is interfaced along the edge, and then stitched to the front wrong sides together with a box-shaped stitching line. The top of the box is the top of the pocket opening; it goes from the raw edge to just past the seamline (about 1/8" in), down the length of the opening, then back to the raw edge. Clip to the corners, trim the seams, turn the pocket/facing to the wrong side and edge-stitch. (See photo). The back pocket piece is then sewn to the front pocket along the curved seamline and the sides are basted to the pants leg above and below the opening. If you've done it right, you can stitch the pants front to pants back at the outseam along the regular seam line and just miss the faced opening. (See photo)

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geekatee said... (12/30/03 2:40 AM) Reply
Thanks for this great tip, I have always wanted to have by inset pockets appear like RTW but didn't have the technique. This is great, thanks. As I age I wear pants more and more often, need more and more pairs.
Janet D said... (10/7/03 8:35 AM) Reply
What a great idea. I've never been happy with the way side seam pockets look with the usual technique. Since I do alot of these pockets, I will definitely be using this tip for a more polished look. Thanks Lisa and thanks for the pics to illustrate!
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