Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Sew-along Part X: Pockets!

Dear sew-along followers! I apologize again for the belated post. Due to some complications with accommodation, during the last two weeks I lived lived in three different places and, as you can imagine, sewing was not easy in such conditions.

Now, the very last post of our sew-along about the pockets:

If you decided to make pockets, it's always a good idea to cut a paper pattern and play around with their placements on your jacket. Once you've decided on placement, number of pockets and their size, you can start sewing them from fabric.

When it comes to the pockets' construction, you can use either your sewing machine or stitch them by hand.

Sewing by machine is a very straightforward process: sew the fashion fabric and lining right sides together, leaving an opening at the bottom or side edge. Then, turn the pocket right side out and hand- stitch the opening.

To stitch your pockets by hand, turn the seam allowances of the fashion fabric and lining to the wrong side, press them and join them using fell stitches. Do not forget to reinforce the upper corners, especially if you are going to use the pockets and not have them only for decorative purposes.

You will end up with something like this. I used a scrap of my fashion fabric and a piece of muslin as lining to make it visually more appealing.

Right side
Wrong side
Fell stitches
The next step is to add the trim and buttons.

If your button is too heavy and distorts the look of the pocket, you can sew it through the jacket provided your pockets are purely decorative.

 If you are going to use the pockets, add a snap placing it inside each pocket.

Now you are ready!

Source: style.com

Source: TMagazine
Please don't be shy to show off your jackets either giving your blog's link in the comment or posting them on our Flickr group!


  1. Thanks, Inna. Not sure about the pockets yet and I put my jacket aside for a while. January will be French Jacket Month for me and I'll certainly post my updates on my blog and on the Flickr group!

  2. Pockets are not always necessary, and I did not use them for my very first jacket. But I would certainly like to see your jacket once it's finished! Happy holidays!

  3. Happy holidays, hope your accommodation problems are solved!

  4. Merry Christmas Inna. Thankyou for the great sew along. Best wishes for the new year.

  5. Merry Christmas, Inna! Moving that many times in that many weeks sounds like a nightmare. Hope you guys have found somewhere a little more permanent now so you can get to some sewing!!! I've loved following through on the french jacket posts. It's making me itch to start sewing another (just as soon as this wedding dress sewing is complete!)

  6. Hi Inna,

    I am slowly doing the button holes, so I have fallen behind on my jacket. I'll post pix when I'm done. I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties of moving. It is always hard to resettle after a move. I hope that in a few weeks things settle for you.