Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The evolution of the welt pocket...

The trousers that I am making for my sewing class (Burda trousers #105 11/2011), require a welt pocket. I have never done this before, but that is one of the reasons I chose this pattern. The instructions in Burda took a bit of working out and this was my first practice following the instructions:

I googled welt pocket tutorials and found this (it is quite long):

In the end I didn't use the tutorial, I followed my sewing intructor's advice. There is a lot of information out there, much of it conflicting or different enough to cause confusion!

So, here is the evolution of my pocket:

and finally, in the garment:

The fabric was quite tricky to work with as it is quite thick and almost spongy, but I think it turned out ok!

The next challenge is the invisible zippers.  There are three, one at each ankle and one at the waist.  I had to order an invisible zipper foot for my machine, which I rather hoped would come with instructions! Unfortunatley not, so I may be trying Youtube again...


  1. Hi Tamsin, I know you mentioned in an earlier post that your sewing class was in a village near Cambridge, I would love to know when and where it is, because I live near Saffron Walden and would be very interested in bringing my dubious (read poor) sewing skills along for polishing

  2. Hi, I also live near Saffron Walden! I go to the Dressmaking class at Bottisham Community College. There are a number of classes throughout the week and there is also a pattern cutting class, but they are run termly. There are also courses run in Cambridge, but they are heavily subscribed and have waiting lists. I hope that helps..

  3. Hello Tamsin! Instruction can be so confusing, I also go for youtube when in doubt! Your welt pocket ended up so perfect, congratulations!