One of the best part of the updated version of the Tania culottes is the new pockets! Who doesn’t love pockets?! These ones on Tania are nice and deep, and super easy to put together. Don’t have the new version of Tania, but you do have the old one? Don’t worry, we’ll be showing you how to add them to the old version, too! Stay tuned for that post.
So, like I mentioned before, the instruction booklet has you do the pockets first and then the pleats, but I chose to do these steps in the opposite order. Whichever you choose really doesn’t make a difference, it won’t change anything about the construction.
Now let’s get to those pockets! The construction is the same for all views. So whichever version you choose to make, this is the tutorial for you.
With right sides together, pin your pocket facings to the front piece on both sides, matching up the straight edge.
Stitch in place 5/8” from the edge, until you meet that notch.
Press the pocket facing and seam allowance away from the front piece, so that the seam allowance is underneath the facing, and so the right sides are both now facing up.
On the facing, understitch close to the seam. This attaches the seam allowance to the facing, and prevents the facing from rolling to the outside.
With right sides together, place the pocket bag on top of the pocket lining, matching up the curved edge. Pin in place.
Stitch around the curved edge only. Then finish the raw edge with your preferred method (not shown).
Flip your new pocket around to the inside. You have three layers of fabric now that should line up along the waist and side seam. Press everything well, and pin in place at the waist and side seam.
Baste the three layers in place along the waist and side seam. You have pockets!
This is what it looks like on the side of the pocket. See how the understitching makes the facing stay in the outside and not visible from the outside?
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Here’s the full list of Tania posts and tutorials:
- Inspiration and ideas
- Pockets (this post!)
- Adding pockets to the old version of Tania
- Side seam and waistband
- Waistband facing two ways
- Bonus : lapped zipper with waistband facing
- Inseam and hem
Here are some older Tania posts you might find useful :
- How to lengthen the Tania culottes
- How to lengthen a hem with lace
- How to make midi Tania culottes (if you have the old pattern and want to make View C or D without purchasing the new version)
- Variation: Tania culottes with elastic back and side seam pockets
And some older tutorials that could help!:
- Six seam finishes and when to use them
- Clipping vs. notching
- Three ways to sew a rolled hem
- Evening out a circle hem
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