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March 25, 2009

ODE TO TRYING SOMETHING NEW...

One of my 2008 sewing goals was to learn to make welt pockets. Well since I ran out of year and didn't get it done, I moved that goal over to 2009. I have plans to make time to sit down for practice, but time just flies by and I don't get to the practice sessions. Perhaps I just never make the time because the technique intimidates me. But per my last post I made pants but now want to make a matching jacket. In doing my jacket muslin for fitting, I decided to go ahead and practice the patch pockets and flap to see if I liked them - as it turned out I didn't really like them and thought that welt pockets would be a much better alternative. This prompted a good old practice session that turned out to last two evenings.

Sooooo armed with encouraging posts from fellow bloggers I set out to learn how to make the pocket. I looked at all of the welt pocket tutorials (including a recent one from Paco's blog); checked my reference books and set out to make it happen. Below are several views of my first attempt; far from perfect, but I am just so happy that I did get one made up. This is my Ode to Trying Something New... I do plan on making at least two more before I put them on my jacket fabric. It's not the greatest fabric, but I do think it will make up a great fitting and looking suit with the addition of these pockets on the front of the jacket.

(Why is it that I keep wanting to call these Welf pockets?)

19 comments:

  1. Congrats on learning a new techique!!!

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  2. Wow Faye. Your first attempts look pretty darn great. Congratulations.

    Welf pockets...maybe it's a southern thing :)

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

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  3. Looks like the pocket practice is coming along nicely.

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  4. Very nice! It's always so rewarding to learn something new!!

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  5. Those look nice!!! Learning new techniques is always fun. I don't know how to make those yet, so that's something to look forward to learning.

    Hugs,
    Lory

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  6. it already looks pretty good.
    I think these are the hardest pockets to do, maybe even the hardest thing in sewing!

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  7. Good for you! I am so glad to see you working out this pocket, and not giving up. It's not an easy/peasy technique. Kenneth King is giving an online lesson in April on these pockets, if you're interested. He's a great instructor.

    Continued success!

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  8. Hey - wow - look at what you did! You did a great job! This is hard to install but you figured it out great! Remember there's no mistakes in sewing because we can pull it out and do it over again. When you do get around to the jacket, it's going to look great with the pants.

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  9. Good job on the welt pockets! I put myself through a welt pocket seminar much like yours. I learned there are no shortcuts in welt pockets.

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  10. Great job! I was told that after making about 10 pairs you'll have it down pat. I'm still on my 3rd pair:)

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  11. I'm very impressed. I'm just starting out sewing, so welf pockets are very intimidating to me. Great job!

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  12. Your first attempt at welt pockets? Congrats! They look nice. :)

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  13. Good for you. I will warn you...once you get them down pat you'll want welt pockets on everything!

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  14. All right, you've inspired me. Must. Make. Welt pockets!

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  15. You should be very proud, excellent first attempt.

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  16. Thanks for the comment about my milk princess. We think she's ok!

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  17. Fantastic job, Fay! I can assure you, my first attempts were never this good and in fact, recently I made a pair of pants with welt pockets that looked nowhere near as good as yours! I've put them aside to be fixed at a later date! You will grow to love them. I found that I read all tutorials I could find and in time I developed a procedure that works for me, using bits from everyone.

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  18. Practice makes perfect, you'll get it and your test runs look pretty darn good.

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  19. Wow - great blog - I found your blog by someone that found my blog on your blog! LOL!

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