This vintage inspired detail looks so cute on patch pockets! I added pockets to the Ginger skirt with this fun detail. I’m definitely in the pocket-loving camp and if pockets can be added to my garment, then I almost always add them. Patch pockets are really cute, but extra touches like this really make them interesting to me.
I really enjoy looking at vintage garments, taking those special details and finding a way to incorporate them into my own sewing. The inspiration for this came from a 1940s suit jacket found on ebay.
Are you a pocket lover like me?
- tubing or cording
- handsewing needle
- pocket pattern
1. Using any pocket pattern, draw a gap in the middle of the pocket as shown. Draw the seam allowance as ⅝”.
2. Cut 4 pieces of cording to fit your pocket piece. Sew two pieces of cording together by hand for both pockets.
3. Handstitch ends of circle cording together. Be sure to sew over edges so they do not fray.
4. Snip pocket fabric at an angle toward circles.
5. Fold seam allowance in as shown. Finish edges. Press in place. Now fold the top edge over and press in place. This is the edge where you attach the cording.
6. Pin cording to pocket the top edge. Place circle tube over scalloped tube section. Pin the ends of the cording between the seam allowances [see #8]. Hand sew into place.
7. Edgestitch along pocket edge. To finish, fold sides under and pin to garment. Carefully sew in place. You may need to tack the cording to the inside with some hand stitches before attaching to the garment.
8. This is what the backside will look like.
- use a contrasting fabric for the cording
- instead of cording, use a metal circle for the connecting loop
- play with the number of pieces of cording you use