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Posted on: 9/10/03 8:11 PM
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kathi s said...
Hi, GS Great info- I am a little lost at Step 7. How do you handle the welt strips on the wrong side? I think that I need to try this out to completely understand it. My sewing skills are very rusty after a very long hiatus. Love your jacket! I have a piece of wool boucle which came from my mom's stash (she bought it in about 1959!) which is also royal blue and black, but not plaid. I might try a suit- I have about 5 yards. Thanks!
9/10/03 10:30 PM
Sew it seams said...
Thank you so much Ann, for taking the time to do this for all of us. I am really looking forward to trying this method on a boucle I have had in my stash for about 5 years. Your jacket is beautiful on you.
9/11/03 8:28 AM
iblondie said...
I'm taking a tailoring class at our local Jr college. When I used this technique on my pockets I got a "beautiful!" comment from the teacher! and she's really a taskmaster. Thank you!
9/28/03 10:52 AM
woody said...
Ann, I'll try this next jacket I make does it matter what colour organza is used or is the trick to be precise whith the stitching?
10/12/03 1:11 PM
Karla Kizer said...
Ann, I use this method, too, for welt pockets and for bound buttonholes. The only difference in our methods is in Step 6. I stack the prepared welt strips on top of each other, right sides together, and baste them together, stitching exactly down the center of the strips, parallel to the long edges. Then I fold the strips away from each other and press them. You now have 2 welt strips that meet each other exactly. I put strips of Steam-a-Seam along the long edges of the organza, close to the "window", center the welt strip unit in place and iron the basted welt strips in place before I stitch them. Once they are stitched in place, you can remove the basting so the pocket can open. Other than that, same method.
10/13/03 7:13 AM
woody said...
Ann I am just about to start another jacket for my self and will definetly try your method, before I start will you confirm to me if another fabric can be used for the backing other than organza or is this one of those vital ingredients that make it work?
10/23/03 8:31 AM
GorgeousFabrics said...
Woody, organza is what I use for a couple of reasons: it's very strong, so when you pull it through it won't tear. It's also very lightweight so it won't add any bulk to your garment. It's also available in many colors, so you can use one that will blend very easily with your garment fabric. Finally, it's not that expensive. if you buy 1/2 yard, you'll get a lot of welts out of that piece of organza. I hope this helps! -Ann
10/24/03 6:40 AM
woody said...
Ann, tried your tip for welt pockets this afternoon, brilliant it must be the easiest welt pocket I have ever done
10/26/03 1:44 PM
Andy Druian said...
Thank you for your info re the welt pockets - I will certainly try this method next - it sounds real good and hope its successfull - I will use this method for bound buttonholes too! Thanks!
3/16/04 4:31 AM
elka78k said...
I do welt pockets differently - I cut the opening only AFTER attaching the welt strips, makes it easier to handle those sharp corners.
2/22/05 6:26 PM
AnneM said...
Thanks for such a detailed coverage of welt pockets. I haven't tried them yet, but am saving this info for when the time comes!
7/3/05 6:29 PM
99 said...
This was a very outstanding review of how to make a welt pocket.
4/6/06 3:27 PM
johojo said...
Her clearly explained tip helps resolve several puzzles posed by the scant instructions of a vest pattern this beginner is attempting to sew.
3/15/09 1:14 AM
aripper said...
I think it is helpful but if it had step by step pictures it would make it much easier to understand.
5/26/11 4:26 PM
maypearl said...
Excellent technique! This is way easier than my usual method.
6/26/11 10:55 PM
slmstyle said...
Hi Ann! I know it's been almost 10 years since you wrote this, but I figured the technique is classic and still works and I'd still post a comment. First of all, thanks for your great tutorial on making a welt pocket. I plan to add this to the back of Butterick 5682 trouser jean pattern. Questions for you: On step 6, when you center the welt strip over the opening and baste, this is basting on the wrong side, correct? How far away from the edges do you baste, and I'll assume the raw edges of the strip are away from the welt opening. Step 7, when you open out the welt opening and sew through all the thicknesses, this is a little confusing. It would be great to have photos to go along with each step. I'll give it a try on scraps anyway before I add it to the back of my jeans. Thanks! -Stephanie
4/3/12 1:57 AM
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