Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Morning Inspiration

Good Morning Everyone!! I hope your new week is off to a great start. 
So many of you enjoyed last week's post on cartridge pleats, so I thought I would showcase another technique, the welt pocket. A beautifully executed welt pocket can give a garment a touch of tailored class like no other technique. I have a feeling though that many of you have already started to cringe at just the thought of putting in a welt pocket, but be sure to scroll to the end as I have added some tools that will help you master welt pockets.
The skirt below is a wonderful example of how a simple, but beautiful welt pocket can be a perfect detail.
Check out this pocket. Vintage garments always have such lovely accents.
For the person who likes a challenge and some extra work.
I love this jacket!!! The lining, piping and then the pockets make for the perfect accents.
Here's another beauty accented with a bow.
The curved welt pocket.
Accented with stitching and a leather arrow.
Incorporated into a seam. If you don't look closely, you could miss the pocket.
A zippered welt.
Beautifully executed bias stripes.
Accented with pick stitching.
A crescent shaped lip.
A shaped pocket. The rivets are a nice touch with the denim.
A little origami.
An interior pocket with a small flap and a button loop closure.
Given a bow feel.
For those who really want a challenge.....
and then a challenge on steroids!!!!! Take note that this is a double pocket. Amazing!
Welt pockets can be added just as a design detail with no functionality.
Here's a video from Peggy Sagers on making a simple welt pocket.

Some years ago I purchased this tool for making welt pockets. It's a very useful tool.
You can find it HERE.
The trick to making great welt pockets is just to practice....like just about any other technique. The video and the tool won't render the special pockets like I've shown above, but once you've mastered the basic pocket, you'll be ready to take on something a little more challenging.
Wishing you a lovely week!

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  1. Wow! Those are some amazing welt pockets!!

  2. What is it about a welt pocket that makes it so beautiful? I love having them on a garment!

  3. Those pockets are INSANE. How wonderful <3

  4. Lots of inspiration here. Now on toe practice, practice, practice part. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for the beautiful ideas! I can't wait to try a couple of these out.

  6. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas! I can't wait to try some of them.

  7. Thanks for this detail series, Rhonda! Love it. So inspiring.

  8. As Gail said, "Wow!" I've never seen some of these iterations, and I've been sewing over 60 years. On one of her videos, Sandra Betzina once said if you're going to go to all the trouble of making a welt pocket, make it stand out with contrasting fabric for the welts.

  9. OMG, thank you, thank you, thank you. I've been working on pants, I want so be a pants guru! You are so very helpful.

  10. Wow. What an inspirational post. Such gorgeous examples. Thank you for posting!

  11. Oh, I've always been fascinated with welt pockets. I one took a class with Judy Barlup on the subject and what a treat! Thanks for all these wonderful examples!

  12. Rhonda, you read my mind! I've been thinking about welt pockets a lot lately, and I finally tried a few methods of sewing them (basic ones, not the show-stoppers you've showcased here!). I just posted a review of 3 methods I tried:

    I really love your inspiration posts - thanks as always for sharing. Some of these pockets are absolutely mind-boggling and really push us to strive for excellence in our sewing. :)

  13. That video tutorial makes the welt pocket within my reach! I only made welt pockets one time, early in my sewing career. I brought it to the fabric store to get help. They look great but I never tried them again. Now I want to make another waistcoat.

  14. Love welt pockets and bound buttonholes! That grey curved pocket with the black piping is just wonderful on that curved hip! How do you find all these? You're amazing!

  15. VERY interesting! Have never seen pockets like most of those. Love the bow pockets and the curved pockets. Why don't patterns ever come with pockets like that?
    Hugs, Joy

  16. I had no idea the welt pocket could be different shapes. Love those vintage pockets. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Some really spectacular examples of what can be done with the basic idea if you take it and run. Thanks Rhonda!

  18. A great post, full of eye candy! I have some of those pinned on Pinterest, but others are new to me.

  19. I just love this feature--so inspirational!

  20. Details are what elevates a garment from ordinary to extraordinary. Loved most of these tricks!

  21. So classy fabulous, thank you for these ideas. Welt pockets, can't wait to try,try, try again.

  22. its an amazing post .......Thank you so much