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The following is one
of the great techniques from the Perfect
book by Jan Bones.
|1. Select the pocket pattern. Make the
cardboard shaper. To make the cardboard shaper, lay the
pocket pattern over a piece of plain cardboard, mark out
the finished pocket size with a dressmakers wheel, and
cut out the shape created. Cut two pockets in the
selected fashion fabric. Stitch a row of machine basting
around the two rounded corners of the pocket using a .6cm
(1/4") seam. Place the cardboard shaper on the wrong
side of the pocket, allowing the correct seams and facing
areas to extend past the shaper. Straight pins may be
used to hold the shaper to the fabric.
2. Fold the pocket seams over the edge of the shaper and press with an iron. For the curved areas. pull the machine basting to control and pull in the extra fabric. In the area of the facing, pull the fabric over slightly more than the seam width. This will ensure the facing will not show when the pocket is completed.
3. Fold the facing over the shaper and press. Give the entire seam area a final press. Check the beautiful pocket shape from the right side! Remove the pins and do a very light touch up pressing from the right side if needed. (a pressing cloth will prevent shine) Remove the cardboard shaper. The seam allowances may by trimmed to remove bulk and fraying threads. The seam allowance in the facing area may be trimmed to remove as much bulk as is appropriate for the fabric. Now use the same shaper to create the second perfect pocket.
IDEA: Keep the cardboard shaper and the pocket pattern together for use at a future time.
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