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Do you know there is a Jackie coat sew along in progress at Janelle’s? Janelle and Maria have prepared a great list of topics to help you sew a Jackie coat in no time. I decided to do my bit for the team with a small pattern hack. This one is about pockets.
If you are not completely sure that you can handle a single welt pocket and a thought of cutting a hole in your beautiful coat gives you heart palpitations, a patch pocket is a perfect option for you.
As always, this is not just a stink little “sew a patch here” kind of pocket, you know me, I don’t do things by half :) This is a self-faced, lined, interfaced pocket that will look great, last a long time and will give you another sewing technique to squirrel away for the future projects.
And so, why is it self-faced? Because it has a facing that is cut with a main pocket as a single pattern piece.
The finished pocket size is 17 cm X 17 cm (6 11/16″ X 6 11/16″), seam allowances are included in the pattern and are 1.2 cm (1/2″) wide. The finished facing is 3.5 cm (1 3/8″) wide.
I think this pocket looks great 5.5 cm (2 3/16″) up from the hem fold line and 9 cm (3 9/16″) away from the centre front line of the Jackie coat, but by all means, you are free to experiment.
The main fabric is shown in blue, lining in yellow, and interfacing is white dotted.
1. Interface the wrong side of the main part of the pocket as shown.
2. Place the lining and the main part right sides in, aligning top edges. Stitch the main pocket part and the lining together along the top edge, leaving a small opening in the seam. This opening will be used to turn the finished pocket to the right side. Press seam alliances towards the lining.
3. Sew the main part and the lining together along all other sides. You’ll notice that the lining is a tiny bit smaller than the main part. This is done on purpose, so the main fabric rolls to the wrong side and lining is not visible from the outside. Press the pocket, trim the corners.
5. Sew the pocket to the coat front along the three sides 0.6 cm (1/4”) away from the pocket edges. Sew small triangles at the top corners of the pocket to reinforce. You might choose to sew the pocket on by hand – it all depends on how busy your fabric print, your design idea and your love (or hate) of hand sewing.
That’s it! Your pockets are now done.