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how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Hey everyone!

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

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns 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. 

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Now along the waistline, measure in approx. 4.5″ and mark.

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Using a straight ruler and curved tool, connect these two marks to create your pocket bag shape.

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns 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.)

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow back to your front pattern piece. Along the waistline, make another mark approx. 1.5″ in. how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns From the bottom of your pocket bag shape, measure up 2.5″ along the side and mark.

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns 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″.

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Using a straight ruler, connect this mark to the second mark along the waistline.

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns Now trace this shape on to a new piece of paper. This is your POCKET FACING pattern piece.

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns  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.

how to add the pockets to the old version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen PatternsThat’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

How to remove the pockets from the new version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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.

How to remove the pockets from the new version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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.

How to remove the pockets from the new version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen PatternsTape in place.

How to remove the pockets from the new version of the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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