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Tips & Techniques > Perfect aligned pockets using print or plaid fabrics

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Posted on: 6/13/12 6:56 PM
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Some of the gals took a sewing class from Islander's on factory short cut techniques for making shirts (similar to a Tommy Bahamas style shirt) These shirts are usually made in a Hawaiian style print and if you ever look at them the pockets of the print match up perfectly. "The trick" was to cut out your shirt pattern and then mark the placement where your pocket will be on the shirt. Take an extra piece of tissue paper and make another copy of your pocket. Place the tissue copy of your pocket where you marked the placement on your shirt and trace the pattern of the fabric onto the tissue paper. Find the repeat design on your fabric that you just traced out, lay the tissue pattern piece over the design using the drawing as the template and cut out your pocket. Fold edges of pocket and press per your pattern instructions. Line up your pocket on the original placement marks of the shirt and pin the pocket to your shirt matching the design up and topstitch in place. This was a "WOW" to me or should I say a DUH...... because it is so simple and what a perfect pocket!
Linked above a picture example. They also use a sewing machine needle to mark the pocket location by pulling it completely through leaving a small hole (factory shortcut) The needle is placed slightly to the inside of the pocket so when the pocket is placed on the shirt it will cover up the small hole. It is more of a temporary hole

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materialgirl1950 said... (6/26/12 12:31 PM) Reply
Great Idea!
homewerk said... (6/14/12 4:23 PM) Reply
Thanks for these tips. I like the idea of marking with a small hole by pulling a machine needle through. Not for all fabrics, of course, but an excellent idea.
homewerk said... (6/14/12 4:23 PM) Reply
Thanks for these tips. I like the idea of marking with a small hole by pulling a machine needle through. Not for all fabrics, of course, but an excellent idea.
 
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