So, who is really loving the new updated version of Tania with the addition of the slash pockets, but you already own the older version and don’t want to have to purchase another? Good news is – you don’t have to if you don’t want to! The updated version is awesome and also includes the new sizing. But if you’re happy with the old sizing, you can easily add the pockets yourself. And I’m going to show you how! I promise it is super easy.
Just note that there is no one correct size and shape for your pocket, necessarily. So all measurements I include below are approximate. Use your best judgement and use this as a guide.
On the other hand if you have the updated pattern and would like to omit the pockets, i’ll show you how easy it is to remove pockets from the new pattern.
Ok, let’s go!
Adding pockets to the old tania culottes pattern
Let’s start drawing our pocket shape. Working on the front pattern piece, measure down approx. 12 inches along the side and mark.
Again, this is approximate. I’m working with a size XS (0 on the new pattern). You can make your pocket size as big or small as you’d like.
Now along the waistline, measure in approx. 4.5″ and mark.
Using a straight ruler and curved tool, connect these two marks to create your pocket bag shape.
Trace this shape onto a new piece of paper. This is your POCKET BAG pattern piece.
(I forgot to draw it on here, but the grainline is the same as on the front piece.)
Now back to your front pattern piece. Along the waistline, make another mark approx. 1.5″ in. From the bottom of your pocket bag shape, measure up 2.5″ along the side and mark.
Place a new piece of paper along side the front pattern piece and tape in place. From this new mark along the side, measure out 5/8″.
Using a straight ruler, connect this mark to the second mark along the waistline.
Now trace this shape on to a new piece of paper. This is your POCKET FACING pattern piece.
Back to your front pattern piece once more. Cut along the pattern facing line you drew. Along the side only – don’t cut out the whole pocket shape. This creates your new FRONT pattern piece shape.
That’s it! Wasn’t that easy?! You now have three pattern pieces – FRONT with a new shape, POCKET FACING, and POCKET BAG.
You can now construct your culottes as indicated in the new instructions, which I show you in this sewalong.
Removing pockets from the new Tania culottes
Removing pockets from the new version of the pattern is even easier! All you will need is the Front pattern piece and the pocket bag.
Place the pocket bag underneath the front so that the notch lines up with the pocket edge, the side seams line up and the waistline lines up.
Tape in place.
True the side seam but trimming off the additional paper of the pocket opening seam allowance and you now have a front pattern piece with no pockets!
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Here’s the full list of Tania posts and tutorials:
- Inspiration and ideas
- Adding pockets to the old version of Tania (this post!)
- 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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