Hey presto! It's done! All I have to do now is make the other in exactly the same way! After that then I will wait until my stays are made before attaching a long piece of binding to the top as both pockets were tied around the waist on one piece of ribbon/tape.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Lucy Locket lost her pocket...
...but hopefully I won't be losing mine! I've just made one (of two) C18th pockets, huzzah!
I made the pattern after looking at extant pockets and reproduction pockets - they were very large! The size of my pattern was the same height as a sheet of A4 paper, but slightly wider with the pocket opening being half the length, as you should be able to see in the picture below:
I then cut this pattern out on white cotton and some brocade silk adding a small seam allowance according to the width of my binding I was to use and cutting the pocket slit in the silk only.
After this, I then pinned and sewed the binding (just a quick note: the binding and thread was bought online and I was amazed to find that the brocade pattern, binding and thread all matched exactly!) around the opening of the pocket. I sewed it to the front first before sewing it to the back.
I then pinned some binding to the outer edge of both the silk and cotton together (and in my case, pattern side up) and, as before, sewn front first. I used a back stitch when sewing the front as this will form the seam of the pocket. I used a whip stitch (?) for the back.