Archive for Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

June 30, 2010

In today’s world, saving every way we can, garage sales and their popularity are real blessings to so many. There also are many shops buying and selling used clothes. One can find some great buys there.

A young lady called me the other day, “perfect fit, color, fabric, great price, but no pockets on this pair of slacks, can you help?” she asked.

I understood, having been in that spot a few times myself. I’ve always made the most of my and my children’s clothing. Even to this day I find a way to add a pocket or pockets when there are none.

This little lady is becoming quite a seamstress herself, telling her how to add the most common, in this case that “inseam pocket,” she was able to look at another garment, figure out how to open a side seam and added a pocket cut from some satin lining fabric she had left over from another project.

So many slacks theses days are being made without pockets, cutting costs of production I suppose.

I thought I’d today share some pocket ideas I’ve come up with through the years. The inseam, of course, when you have absolutely no matching fabric, that pocket is totally on the inside and won’t show.

Then there is the patch pocket, sewn on the outside of the garment. There again you may not be able to find matching fabric. However, it can be fun to find companion fabric of a contrasting color, add trim, buttons and tape and make different-shaped pockets.

The traditional patch pocket, as a base, can be decorated or trimmed in countless ways. Just let your imagination take over.

You can make a row of tiny buttons of contrasting color and changing the garment’s buttons to match, with a row of the same buttons on the collar’s edge. Lace, appliqué-leaves, critters, etc.

I’ve made a colorful small tote bag with an over-the-shoulder cord or strap, just to become a pocket.

Bye for now, God Bless you and yours.

— Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@att.net.

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