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Harper Sewalong // How to sew the pockets of version 1

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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.

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns 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).

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns Sew in place 5/8″ from the raw edge of these two curved edges only.

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns 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!

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns Turn the pockets the right way around by pushing the fabric through the openings of the straight edges.

Press well.

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns Topstitch 1/4″ or less along the edge of the pocket opening  – the shorter, inner curve.

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns 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.

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns To attach the pockets to the shorts, topstitch 1/4″ or less along the outer pocket curve.

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns Then stay stitch along the side seam and waistline, 1/2″ from the raw edge.

How to sew the version 1 pockets of the Harper shorts by Megan Nielsen Patterns 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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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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