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Helen in CO
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Date: 4/25/12 11:22 AM

Hi,

I'm new here but have sewn off and on since I was little. This looked like the forum to ask my question.

Yesterday I replaced the pocket in a pair of my husband's sweat pants. There are strips of fabric (same as the sweat pants fabric) attached to the front & back of the sweats. The pocket is then attached to these.

I thought it might be called a placket. But I couldn't find any help identifying that pattern piece.

Btw, the new pocket came out good. I traced the old one onto some paper, freehanded it to a larger size and used a piece of strong cotton jersey for the pocket. Now maybe his cell phone won't fall out. :)

Helen in Colorado
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In reply to Helen in CO

Date: 4/25/12 2:01 PM

Quote: Helen in CO
There are strips of fabric (same as the sweat pants fabric) attached to the front & back of the sweats. The pocket is then attached to these.

These are called the pocket facing. This is the strip of fashion fabric attached on or joined to the outside edge* of the pocket bag. (*the edge where the hand enters the pocket.)

I love pockets!

Here's is a picture of a different sort of pocket facing from yours, found via Google:



And here is a technical drawing:

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Date: 4/25/12 3:18 PM

Oh, so it is indeed a facing. Thanks!

My father worked as a tailor in the garment industry after he came to America. He worked as a master pocket make for his career. But I never got him to show me how to make pockets. I would always rather set in a blouse sleeve any day instead. Now I'm determined to learn how to make pockets.

Yesterday, I watched several videos online demonstrating various pocket making machines used these days. Dad would have been amazed to see how things are done today.

Thanks again, Sewandwrite!

Helen in Colorado
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Date: 4/25/12 4:35 PM

I would love to have seen your father work, Helen!

I've learned tons about pockets from these three books:

1. Just Pockets: Sewing Techniques and Design Ideas by Patricia Moyes

Claire Schaeffer's 2. Sew Any Set-In Pocket (my favorite) and 3. Sew Any Patch Pocket.
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Date: 4/25/12 4:56 PM

There's a huge tutorial on ikatbag for making ~25 different kinds of pockets:

Tutorial
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Date: 4/25/12 5:09 PM

Thanks for the book tips, Sewandwrite. I'm looking into these today.

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In reply to JOshiro

Date: 4/25/12 5:12 PM

Oh JOshiro, this is some comprehensive reading! And what a lovely idea to put all those pockets onto one wall hanging. A Decorative reference perfect for a sewing room wall.

Thanks so much for your response.

Helen in Colorado
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