Every January I see lists of sewing resolutions, in which people choose skills and techniques they'd like to master in the new year. If you are that organized, good for you! Keep it up! I like to learn new things, too, but my approach is more project-driven.
tutorial from Oliver + S. And look! A buttoned welt pocket. The one on the other side looks good, too.
The Scottish Weaver, and it matched, thank goodness. I used my old familiar men's accessories pattern, Simplicity 9345. The pattern includes appliquéd welts, but I knew Dandelionslayer would want real pockets. So I followed the tutorial again, and sewed these nice diagonal welt pockets. He's very happy with the vest.
McCall's 2401 for a nice basic sheath. As I laid out the pattern, I mourned a little that not only did the pattern not include pockets, but that the side-seam pockets I like to sneak into dresses would probably not be appropriate. And then I had a vision: slanted welt pockets, right in front, with bows covering the welts. I considered this crazy idea as I cut. Feeling empowered by the trousers and waistcoat, I decided to go for it. I reviewed the tutorial, but didn't need to check it for every step anymore. The hard part was getting the knot part of the bow to not be too bulky, but I solved that problem. The bow-welt pockets turned out just the way I had envisioned them, and added an elegant detail to a very plain dress.
I don't have any more welt pockets planned right now, but if they come up again, I will sew them without fear.
What skill have you learned lately?
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