Yay for our second Guestpost. This time it is written by Suzanne from Heartmade by Suzy. Thank you Suzanne for showing sharing your tricks with us. Suzanne uses both the Brueram and the Amare patterns for her tutorial. Since we gave away the Amare last Guestpost we will now host a giveaway for the Brueram……
This is Suzanne from Heartmade by Suzy. My husband and I are missionaries who reside in Tennessee. I grew up in a single-parent home where my mom cooked and sewed for my sisters and I out of necessity (and love). I suppose it could be said that I took these things for granted, not realizing that it was a blessing that many of my peers didn’t have the pleasure of growing up with. I don’t even know when I first started sewing, myself. I do, however, recall taking a sewing class in high school as an “Easy A”. I’m not sure that I actually learned anything new, but I know that I had lots of fun. That was over 20 years ago, and I’ve been sewing since.
I was privileged to have been asked to create a pocket tutorial for Sofilantjes Patterns. If you’ve been around long enough, you know that there are many types of pockets. I’ll walk you through how to do 2 basic types of pockets; pockets topstitched onto a garment and pockets sewn into a garment seam.
I decided to play around with the topstitched pockets and use a pocket with flare. The technique is the same as a “normal” pocket, one just has more visual appeal (and is more difficult to turn, but we’ll get to that later). The first pocket is going to be demonstrated on Sofilantjes’ Amare Dress.
2. Pin 1 outer pocket piece to 1 inner pocket piece, right sides together and stitch 3/8″ from edge, leaving 1″ gap so that you can turn. (Repeat with second pocket.) If you want a trim on your pocket, you would add it to the seam at this step. (If you’re using lace, you want the lace edge to be sandwiched between the two layers with the other edge extending past the outer edge.)
I suggest that you don’t stitch the lower end yet as you don’t want multiples lines of stitching.
5. Mark pocket placement on your garment. Pockets are easier to place and sew on a flat piece of fabric, so it is best to do this step before attaching the skirt. Once placement is figured out, pin pockets in place and topstitch lower edge of pockets to garment, enclosing gap left in step 2 and creating the pocket.
You can find the pattern for this pocket HERE.
This type of pocket is often found in the side seam of pants and skirts. For this part of the tutorial, I free-handed my pocket pattern. You will want a “pattern piece” so that your pieces are equal. This pocket is going to be demonstrated on Sofilantjes’ Brueram Dress.
1. Cut 4 pocket pieces (2 sets of mirrored pockets). Instead of using an actual pattern piece, I used a pocket from an existing garment and made it the desired size.
The “pointed” end of the pocket is the top while the rounded end is the bottom.
Sew the side seam, remembering to pivot at the pocket. (Pictured to the right.)
Have fun adding your favorite pockets!
Thank you for this tutorial Suzanne!
If you would like to see what else we will talk about here is our schedule:
Now let’s sew on some pockets. But first let’s win a pattern!