Decorative pockets or bound buttonholes
This technique is similar to a welt pocket or bound buttonholes, but with an updated shape. I first saw it used as a pocket on a suit jacket in a designer boutique. I have since seen smaller versions as a series of different brightly colored bound buttonholes down the front of a black sheath dress. Both sizes are intriguing applications and go together the same way–only the measurements are different. Here’s how to do it:
Cut a piece of silk organza 3″ longer and 2″ wider than the finished opening.
On the right side of the fabric, draw the finished opening shape. In the first photo, the navy blue and red sample is 7″ long and 1″ wide. The illustration above shows an opening 8″ long by 2″ wide. The shorter straight edges are 6″ long.
Pin the silk organza centered over the marked shape. Set your sewing machine at 1.5mm stitch length, and start sewing along one…
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