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How to Draft and Sew a Vintage-Inspired Flap Pocket | Video

Build a sleek pocket into the princess seam of a coat or jacket.

Kenneth D. King is a vintage fashion maven, and he discovered a handsome coat, circa 1940s–1950s, with an intriguing flap pocket. This pocket is built into a princess panel, and its flap closure is an extension of the upper princess panel. After analyzing the original vintage garment, he walks us through the patternmaking steps to re-create this unusual pocket. Finally, he shows how the pocket, with its flap and lining, is constructed. This project looks complex, but with Kenneth’s step-by-step instructions, an intermediate sewer can adapt a princess-seamed coat or jacket pattern to incorporate this pocket.

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About This Video Series

Fitting Tips with Professor King is a 13-part video series that will teach you valuable techniques and skills to help you sew better fitting garments. Threads contributing editor and sewing expert Kenneth D. King covers test garments, creating symmetry on asymmetrical body types, tips on fitting arms and skirts, how to pivot darts, reducing cap ease, and much more. Follow along as Kenneth walks you through these lessons excerpted from his 3-DVD workshop Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King. In…

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  1. maguertae | | #1

    Truly lovely and inspiring. Thank you.

  2. StashaNovak | | #2

    Thank you so much for flap pocket, step by step instruction.

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