Lining Your Pocket And Creating A Flap!
Patch pockets are quite simple in their basic design and should be constructed in such a way as to provide subtle functionality. A well executed pocket will draw little attention to itself and instead act as a support to overall feeling of a couture quality garment. I will be sharing a few simple construction tips that commercial patterns guides don’t generally explain that will hopefully help you achieve pocket perfect.
- Trim away a scant 5/8″ from the interfacing to eliminate additional bulk in the seam line and apply to face fabric.
- Trim away a scant portion from all edges of the lining. This is cause the lining to roll under the face fabric reducing visibility on surface
- Stitch face fabric and lining together. Lining, being slightly smaller than the face fabric will pull slightly. Leave an opening on the side large enough to turn fabric right side out.
- Trim away excess seam allowance. When grading the seam allowance, be sure that the face fabric is graded slightly wider than the lining. This will create a smoother surface on the turned surface. Clip edges and remover corners by cutting straight across above the point to reduce bulk.
- After grading and clipping, turn pocket right side out and using a point turner work the corners out to a nice clean point.
- Apply steam while rolling the edged between your fingers to work the seam line out. Be mindful to roll the lining behind so that it does not peek out from behind the face fabric.
- Once patch is shaped and pressed out, run a basting stitch to hold layers into position.
- Slip stitch the side open together.
- Apply desired top stitching, either by machine or by hand. I have chosen to use a charcoal embroidery floss for a hand pickstitched finish. Note: For best results, patch pockets should be hand-stitched directly to the garment. Machine top stitching is applied before the pocket is hand-sewn onto the coat.
- Next, cut pocket flap and interface on the side that will present on the coat. I like to cut the interfacing on the bias to assist the flap in curving against the contours of the body.
- Turn and press the seam allowance on the edge without interfacing and stitch the side seams.
- Align flap according to pattern markings and stitch into place.
- After stitching flap into position, trim off excess seam allowance an steam edge upward toward the inside of flap.
- Hand stitch flap closed being careful to encase seam edges.
- Once hand stitching is completed, lightly press flap into position over the patch pocket for a beautifully completed patch pocket and flap.