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Easy In-Seam Pocket

Pattiann42 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Has anyone used the Sally K. Silvers method of sewing in-seam pockets?  It may have first appeared in Sew News March ’98.  

The pocket front & back are sewn to the garment using a 1/2″ seam, then the front and back section of the garment (pants in my case) are sewn at 5/8″, leaving the usual pocket opening. 

The front section of the pocket is pressed forward and top stitched, then the pocket sack is sewn, then the garment is finished per the pattern directions.

Clear as mud?  If I can find the entire article I will try to provide pictures.

It is the best method I have ever seen or used.


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    Becky-book | | #1

    Me too!  I use this method to add pockets to just about everything I make.


  2. user-51823 | | #2

    i didn't see the article, but i have opened seams in ready to wear for years in order to add pockets. i was just thinking about doing it soon to a number of casual dresses i've been wearing. you can't be a mom with no pockets!
    i always try to match the pocket fabric as closely as possible to the fashion fabric (in other words, no muslin or contrast), because the insides are likely to show at times. that's a no-brainer if you are making clothes from scratch, but a little harder to do on RTW.

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