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Pockets - Dress Making and Design

Pockets can be fun to make and add a nice touch to a garment. They can be both useful and decorative.

There are two types of pockets: patch pockets and inside pockets. Patch pockets are sewn on the outside of a garment/project. They can be any shape and are completely sewn before they are attached. They can be made of the same fabric as the garment or in a nice contrasting color/fabric. Patch pockets are topstitched on a garment.  Decorative trim can be attached before the pocket is stitched in place on a garment. To make a sturdy patch pocket use interfacing.

This photo shows two self lined patch pockets that were placed side by side on the lining of a messenger bag.


This photo shows a decorative flap patch pocket on a vest. This type of pocket or flap is for decorative use only and is non-functional.

Inside pockets can be convenient for the person wearing the garment and are usually hidden in the seam of a garment.  They can be found on pants, skirts, dresses, and jackets. There is usually a lot of stress and strain on the area of an inside pocket so back stitching for reinforcement should be used. There are three kinds of inside pockets. In-seam pockets are hidden pockets that are sewn in a seam. Hip pockets are attached at the waist area of a garment and they form part of the hip line. Slash pockets have a slit in the garment and are usually finished bound edges, welts, or flaps.


This photo shows the inside of a skirt that has inside in-seam pockets sewn in.


This photo shows the pretty side of the skirt. Notice how they are hidden in the side seam.

Whether for practical use or just decorative, have fun making pockets to your garment.




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