How to Make a Piggyback Pocket
With retro suits inspiring fashion today, a sewer can easily borrow vintage details and work them into current projects. The pocket shown on the back cover of Threads #153 is certainly a likely candidate. By capturing a detail from an era when suits were at their best, this simple piggyback pocket (called piggyback because the smaller pocket rides on top of the larger one) will add grand style to your favorite jacket pattern.
1. Draw two pocket patterns. Download the piggyback pattern, or draft your own.
3. Sew the lining to each pocket. Use a 3⁄8-inch seam allowance, and leave a small opening on the side to turn the pocket right side out. Grade and clip the seam allowances as needed. Turn and press.
4. Follow this stitching order. Edgestitch both top edges. Position the small pocket over the large pocket, and edgestitch from A to B (see below). Position the piggyback pocket unit on the garment, and edgestitch through both layers around the sides and bottom, from C to D. Attach 7⁄8-inch-diameter buttons 1/4 inch from the edges.
These pockets were inspired by a vintage suit from The Collection at Western Costume shown on the back cover of Threads issue #153.
excerpted from Threads #153, p.22