SAF-T POCKETS T-Shirt Trifecta #2014 offers 3 views, zipper pockets, sleeve options and you can mix the patterns up and tailor them to your needs or Mum's need for pockets. That's why I bought this pattern.
There's always some aspect that independent pattern companies offer to set themselves apart from the big companies. That's why I keep my eyes open for new patterns and new pattern ideas.
So my first test version below is very plain but I learnt how easy the instructions are to follow and they include methods of adding the front pocket with either an invisible zip or a normal zip. That's helpful! The pocket is there hiding along the piping I've added. The neckline has fold over elastic; I've shortened the sleeve; and fitted the centre back for a firm fit. These patterns use sewing 3/8" seam and to me this is different but still very accurate. I can get used to 3/8" seams.
I did ruin my first invisible zipper when I cut the zipper length, half sewed in the pocket bags and then checked to see if the zipper closed properly before finishing the pocket. Doh! Well that's when the zipper pull came off in mid-air.
|the hidden invisible zipper|
|Showing the iron-on seam tape to reinforce the pocket bag.|
The instructions suggest using a woven fabric for the pocket bag (again helpful) but I used iron-on seam tape to keep the zipper stitching straight and flat before sewing in the zipper so I could still use the same knit fabric for the pocket bag.
|A closer view of the pipine and neckline finish|