Pockets! Who doesn’t love pockets?! Harper has some seriously good ones. The curved patch pockets are the shining star of the version 1 shorts (or pants, as you’ll see in a variation at the end of this sewalong!). Patch pockets are pretty straight forward, and are not at all complicated in constructing. You’ll be able to breeze through these – stitch them, line them up, add some topstitch, and you’re all set!
So let’s get to it. Remember, you only need this post if you are making version 1 shorts (or pants). If you’re making the version two short, stay tuned for the next post.
Place each of your pocket lining pieces on top of their pocket pieces with right sides together. Pin together along the two curved edges (not the two straight edges).
Sew in place 5/8″ from the raw edge of these two curved edges only.
Clip and notch into the curves, being careful not to cut through the stitches, and then trim the seam allowance. OR just use pinking shears to trim back the seam allowance – it does the trimming and clipping all in one!
Turn the pockets the right way around by pushing the fabric through the openings of the straight edges.
Topstitch 1/4″ or less along the edge of the pocket opening – the shorter, inner curve.
Lay your shorts front in front of you with right side facing up. Place your pockets on top of the shorts, also with right sides facing up. Line up along the waistline and side seam, matching the inner curve of the pocket with the notches on the shorts.
Pin in place along the outer curve, waistline, and side seams.
To attach the pockets to the shorts, topstitch 1/4″ or less along the outer pocket curve.
Then stay stitch along the side seam and waistline, 1/2″ from the raw edge.
That’s it! You now have pockets and can now attach the front and back pieces together! We’ll cover that in the next post.
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Here’s the full list of Harper posts and tutorials:
- Inspiration + Ideas
- Zipper + Center Front Seam
- Pockets (version 1) (this post!)
- Skort (version 2) – hem, pockets, and pleats
- Side Seams and Inseam
- Lining and Facing
- Attaching the Lining
- BONUS: Wide Leg Pants Variation
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