When I was in high school, my friends and I shopped pretty much exclusively at thrift stores. In true 90s teenager fashion, we wore all kinds of horrible and weird stuff we picked up.
One of my friends had a particular penchant for those 70s perma-press polyester pants worn mostly by old men and found in pretty much any thrift store. Once, on our lunch break from school, we headed over to the nearby Salvation Army to do a little shopping, and she picked up a pair of said pants in this same shade of bright true blue. It was only later that day that she discovered, to her horror and everyone’s amusement, that these pants had PADDING sewn into the crotch. Ha!
So, this color is something I permanently associate with a pair of horrid padded polyester pants. Yet, when I saw it on the sale table at the Pendleton outlet for only $5/yard, I fell in love. It is an incredibly soft wool with a smooth hand and just a hint of stretch. And, like all Pendleton wools, the color is gorgeously vibrant. It was definitely a deal, since this stuff retails for at least $25 a yard.
I decided I wanted to do something a little different for these Clovers, so I added double welt pockets to the back, right under the darts. I really like the way they look. So… here’s a picture of my rear.
And here’s what they looked like before removing the silk basting thread.
I tend to think that pockets are the perfect excuse to (1) use up scrap fabric and (2) get a little wild with prints and color. I dug out this scrap of dalmatian dot cotton from the scrap bin and used it for the pocket lining.
As I usually do, I finished the inner waistband with bias binding rather than folding it under and catching it in the edgestitching. Perhaps I will include this as an alternate suggestion in future pattern printings, because it’s a nice easy alternative and looks very tidy.
Anyway, I’m in love with double welt pockets now and want to add them to everything. They’re especially great for dressing up anything simple and tailored, like these pants or a simple little shift dress.
I’d love to do a little video series on welt pockets, but I fear it would take quite a bit of time to put together the way I want. I wonder if you guys would be interested? Maybe a little mini class at some point? What do you think?