Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Worst. Welt. Pocket. Ever.

Over the weekend, I decided that I needed to get moving on my next pair of pants. One of the first steps will be to sew a double welt pocket on the back. So, I used some fabric remnants to practice. What can I say? It didn't go so well...

Yet, it had seemed to be going smoothly as I cut out the pieces and began assembly. I used the method in Connie Crawford's Guide to Fashion Sewing, which is generally my go-to reference. The directions are always well illustrated and very straightforward.

Cut and marked

But the end result was anything but pretty!

Yikes! Look at the puckering in the corners!

Anyway, I've looked at some other methods, including the one in Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket and Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques, although I find the latter is not illustrated enough for me to follow. And there are LOTS of on-line tutorials to lean on. (Thank goodness for all the experienced sewistas with blogs! You are all worth your weight in couture fabric!)

Anyway, I think I've figured out where I went wrong (um, dull scissors and imprecise cutting) and I am going to give it a few more tries. With any luck, I will have a much nicer test pocket to show soon. 


Heather said...

Oh man...welts are tricky! Good luck! ;-)

gwensews said...

You can make a hundred welt pockets, and still, there is always one that just goes astray. Don't get discouraged. Just practice until you perfect it. You can do it.

Clio said...

Thanks for the encouragement! I will try-try again!