Fashion Fix: A Cheat'S Guide to Pockets

Pictured is the culprit in question. As my partner is a farmer, it's a never ending challenge to my sustainable ways with holes, rips and tears galore, almost on a daily basis. In fact I don't even know how he managed a rip inside the jeans unless he's been putting barbed wire down is pants, but I don't wish to dwell on assumptions.

However unlucky for my poor pin pricked fingers, this actually results in a lucky result for you as I can provide an endless stream of fashion fix posts to add longevity to your wardrobe. Disclaimer: You may have noticed the title, this is NOT the 'proper' way to fix a pocket, but it looks neat and takes a fraction of the time so who's complaining when it gets the job done? Let's breeze on through this sneaky 5 step guide to another fashion fix: 


Take your time to remove the stitching and pocketing fabric that's faulty. I always say to unpick every 3 stitches or so and gently ease the pieces apart, but here the pocket is some all mighty mess that it was just a case of making the area as neat as possible to re-insert a pocket. 

Step two: the new pocket

You don't even need to understand pattern cutting for the new pocket. Simply measure from the garment, using the opposite pocket if necessary, otherwise just take the figures from the pocket in question and trace around the curvature of the pocket opening so you can produce a pattern piece that replicates the shape required. Don't forget to add your seam allowance. I just found some pocketing in my scraps for this and cut out the new pocket.


Right sides together sew your new pocketing to the pocket opening after pinning in place. Turn through and press, depending on the design of the garment and if you are needing to match this pocket to an opposing side you can understitch the pocketing (this is stitching a line close to the edge of the facing or in this case, pocketing, to keep the fabric from rolling over and being seen from the right side of the garment) or here we have gone over the two rows of edge stitching and top stitching that we originally unpicked. 


Turn and press your seam allowance, as we are fixing a tear in this pocket example, trim off any excess fabric from the ripped piece that may get in the way (as pictured). Line up and pin your new pocketing in place to the remaining old piece, the two pieces should meet neatly and be flush, edge stitch together. 


After blasting through this fashion fix all that's left to do is trim the seam allowance on the inside to neaten it off a little. You will have raw edges of fabric in your pocket but this will not be visible and can be our little secret. What matters is we have a fully functioning pocket again without the ball-ache of removing the waistband or unpicking the outer leg and if you turn the garment inside out, it still looks presentable. Smiles all round. 

Alexandra Jane WallComment