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Re-create a Vintage Pocket Detail | Video

Learn to draft and sew an unusual in-seam coat pocket, inspired by a vintage coat

Kenneth D. King, a Threads contributing editor, is a vintage clothing maven. He often purchases thrift store garments that have intriguing design details, like the pocket on the coat shown in this video. This pocket has an in-seam opening, placed in a vertical seam that’s created between small front panels. Above the pocket, the coat features multiple horizontal rows of topstitching.

Kenneth explains his detective-like process for figuring out how a detail like this one was made, and he demonstrates the patternwork needed to re-create the pocket. Finally, he shows how to construct the pocket. The pocket includes a facing; a pocket bag; and panels on either side, above, and below the opening.


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  1. sewlady1108 | | #1

    Complete, easy-to-follow instructions! Vintage garments hold so many unique features! Thank you for inspiring us to try new avenues.

  2. SewSmiley | | #2

    I really appreciate the time that went into having each step prepared in advance in order to make the construction so easy to understand. Very well presented, this video makes copying vintage details seem easy enough for even beginners. Thank you!

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