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Reduce Bulk on In-Seam Pockets | Video

Mar 22, 2019

In-seam pockets in pants and skirts offer discreet convenience. However, they can sometimes be bulky and be more visible than you would like. Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, shows how to revise the pocket construction to eliminate a seam and one layer of the pocket pouch; the trade-off is in a nearly imperceptible line of topstitching on the garment front.

In this method, the back pocket pouch pattern is grafted to the garment back at the side seam, which gets rid of one attachment seam. The front pocket pouch is eliminated entirely. Louise explains where and how to apply essential stabilization, through staystitching and interfacing. She also shows where to clip the seam allowances so the pocket elements can be folded into position.

After the side seams are sewn, the back pocket pouch is folded toward the front and topstitched in place to the garment front’s wrong side. The…

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About This Video Series

Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, is a renowned designer and teacher. She focuses on industry sewing techniques that help home sewers achieve a professional result. In Volume 8 of her popular Industry Insider Techniques video series, Louise shares methods for improving your garments with precision construction tips, design ideas, and better closures. This volume includes the following 12 videos: Put a Dart on the Slant Reduce Pocket Bulk Trim a Dolman Sleeve Proper Corner…

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  1. user-6894301 March 31st

    Great - Im going to use this technique from now on!
    Thank you !

  2. user-7225691 May 22nd

    Wouldn't stitching like this create puckers as soon as you put something in the pocket?

  3. user-7489592 June 13th

    Great idea. Thank you for sharing this tip.

  4. user-1111923 August 26th

    where is the denim skirt shown with the white stitching?

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