Now that our fabric is all cut out, today we will be sewing the first step – the slash front pockets! Today I’ve got a massive glass of cucumber water to keep me hydrated while I stand over the steamy ironing board and The Best of Van Morrison playing away in the back ground. Here’s my fave (my mom’s song!):
To sew the slash front pockets, first of all, we need to attach the two separate facing pieces to each pocket lining. Pocket Facing #1 will become the visible front of the pant when the pocket is complete and Pocket Facing #2 will be the inside edge of the actual pocket so that a person viewing the pants from behind won’t see the pocket lining fabric poking out.
I’ve prepared the facings by ironing the seam allowance (5/8″) under to make a finished edge. Do this to the straight edge of Pocket Facing #1 (the large piece) and the longest edge of Pocket Facing #2 (the small piece).
To attach the facings to the pocket lining, I laid the pocket lining right side up and pinned the pocket facings to it (also with right sides up). I lined up the raw edges with the raw edges of the lining and pinned it all in place.
I’ve basted along the raw edges (within the 5/8″ seam allowance) and edge stitched along the folded edge of the facings.
Now it’s time to attach the pockets to the front of the pants! To do this, I’ve placed the Pant Fronts right sides up and the pocket lining right side down. I’ve pinned and sewn along the angled edge (that will form the edge of the pocket).
Here is a close up of the angled edge. All the other stitching you can see in this photo is the basting and edge stitching that was used to attache the facings. The stitching we just did is along the left hand side of the photo. I’ve graded the pocket seam to make it less bulky in the end, but if you prefer, you could serge this seam or even bind it so that you have no raw edges when you’ve finished your pants.
Now that our pocket seams are graded or otherwise finished, we will under-stitch along this seam so that the pocket linings and facings don’t roll to the outside when the pants are being worn. To do this, I’ve stitched through the pocket lining/facings and both seam allowances but NOT the pants front. I’ve lifted up the pocket lining/facing in the photo below so that you can see the seam allowances hiding underneath…but in real life, of course, I would stitch close to the seam with all of the fabric flat on the bed of the sewing machine.
Like so 🙂
And another view of me under-stitching (this term used to mystify me when I was a novice sewist so I’m being extra thorough so that anyone who’s found themselves confused by written instructions explaining under-stitching need no longer be confused!):
Once we’ve finished under-stitching we can press the pocket seam with right sides together.
And this is how the finished, under-stitched pocket edge will look from the inside:
After a quick water break…
We are ready to finish the bottom edge of the pocket by sewing a french seam. I’ve gotten my bearings before starting the process by folding the pocket lining with right sides together along the notched fold line. When folded, Pocket Facing #1 lines up with the side seam as you can see from both the right side and the wrong side in the photo below:
Next I’ve flipped the pocket lining in the opposite direction along the crease I just made and folded the pocket lining with wrong sides together. In that position, the bottom of the pocket lining (the bottom edge in the photo below that includes both the pocket lining and the bottom of Pocket Facing #1) is ready to be pinned and then sewn using a 1/2″ seam allowance (visible on the left in the photo below). The pocket pictured on the right in the photo below is attempting to show you the next step: I’ve trimmed this 1/2″ seam allowance to 1/8″…super tiny!
Now I’ve turned my pocket right side out so that right sides are together and I’ve pressed it all flat. Then I’ve enclosed the raw 1/8″ seam allowance by stitching along this edge again, this time using a 1/4″ seam allowance. And the french seam is done!
The french seamed slash pocket is complete! Sewing day #1…check! If you have any questions, just leave a comment and we can all work together to help each other out 🙂