Mon, Feb 5 2018 05:45

If you joined my Sept. 30-Pocket Challenge on Instagram, and have a stash of them in your ‘Parts Dept’, you are ready to design something new! Lets dig into that parts dept. and start a new, spring garment with a winning pocket. 

                                       This pocket was the beginning of a spring shirt construction. 

3 elements that I repeated in the garment inspired by the pocket: 

                            1. Angles of the pocket shape
                            2. Big stitches with some contrasting thread
                            3. Combining striped fabrics.

A  Design File is a great way to spark new directions…maybe a fabric combo or colors that catch your eye and say ‘ awsome spring shirt here!’ In this case, starting with the collection of striped pieces in the pocket design, pointed the way to this shirt design below-

This new, striped shirt started with Katherine Tilton's Butterick Pattern #6325 My first pass at this pattern was in mens suiting, stenciled in plum and pewter with hand stitching. See that garment with pattern changes and ideas in my Nov. Blog.

This Inset Pocket is the perfect start for a garment. I love  combining linen, stenciled images and Kantha Cloth. For how-to- directions on how to make innovative pockets including an inset, see my Just Pockets pattern in paper and download versions. An inset pocket is also part of the Nuevo Shirt pattern (listed and linked below)

Need a pattern with a unique pockets? Here are some of my patterns with great pockets-

Time jump-start some great spring sewing? Time to make a pocket then building on it to explore your creativity and sewing. Enjoy the process, Diane

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