Ok, so the computer is still being weird and I have a jillion photos to edit.
Anyway, recently I had to add a pocket to a friend’s tuxedo shirt so he could put his cigarette case that he uses as a wallet in the shirt pocket so it wouldn’t be in his pants pocket, accessible to pickpockets. If you have to add a pocket to a shirt or need to make a bigger one (the case is wider than some pockets), here’s what to do.
First measure the pocket of another shirt and make a pattern. A shirt pocket is a square with a triangle added to the bottom. The hem is sometimes a straight extension at the top but usually another triangle. Draw this to the dimensions you got from the shirt, adding anything extra to compensate for what might be going into the pocket and add a 1/4″ seam allowance all around. I notched it where the fold line for the hem is. Here’s the pattern.
Now weight the pattern down and trace around it with chalk, china marker, ball point pen, or whatever either doesn’t bleed or will disappear. Here the pocket is marked on the fabric.
Sorry it’s blurry.
Next, cut out the pocket, cutting off the line and snip where the notches are less than the 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure you cut off the line, as you don’t want it on the pocket and you certainly don’t want it to show.
Press and sew the hem. Yes, the iron is your friend. Press along the line indicated by the notches, then press under the 1/4″ on the triangle part. Stitch along the triangle.
Then press the stitching and press under the sides and bottom of the pocket by that 1/4″ seam allowance. Pin it to the shirt in the right spot. Either compare to another shirt or have the person try on the shirt and mark where it should go.
Starting at the top of one side, stitch the pocket to the shirt. Press. (Pressing seams and hems helps the thread meld with the fabric.)
Now you’re done. See how easy that was? I mean, I hope it was easy for you.
I’m sure this wasn’t the most exciting thing about sewing for some, but there are some who don’t know as much. It’s ok. I should probably do one about facings, since some don’t know anything about them or know that they make a garment look and hang right.
Until next time!