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?)