Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A hidden pocket

I've always been interested in the patterns developed by Saf-t-pockets. I made my version of the T-shirt Trifecta a while ago.

They have a pants pattern in three styles for wovens but I wanted to use ponte for travel pants with a hidden pocket for travel. 

So decided to make Silhouette Patterns 3011 Nanette's yoga pants.

This version was made last year. The fabric used here is a light weight knit with spandex.
So where would you add the hidden pocket? 
What would you make the pocket bag with under ponte? 
Would you use an exposed zipper; and invisible zipper; or a lapped zipper?

The easy decisions were to answer 
  • add the hidden pocket at the front waistband; 
  • use an invisible zipper; 
  • have the zipper close to the hip.
I'm right handed so the pocket should sit on the left.

But how would you do this?
You'll need fabric for your pocket bag, the pants pattern and fabric (cut to size) and an invisible zipper.
Step 1: Use your invisible zipper foot and sew one side of the zipper to the trouser.
Step 2: Sew the pocket bag to this side of the zipper tape. Sew through the trouser seam allowance and the zipper tape.
Step 3: Sew the waistband on the trousers stopping at either end of the zipper. There will be a gap at either end. You'll sew this up at the end.

Step 4: Using the invisible zipper foot, sew the remaining side of the zipper to the waistband.
Step 5: Using a normal zipper foot, sew the remaining bits of the waistband to the trouser seam.

Step 6: Using the normal zipper foot, attach the pocket bag to the remaining side of the zipper. Sew through the waistband seam allowance and zipper tape.

Step 7: Sew closed the zipper bag pieces. I've used the overlocker for this final step.

You now have your very own invisible pocket!!
The zipper is closed above. 
Can you see it?

The pocket is open. Can you see it yet?

Can you see it now with the scissor handle peeking through?

The fabric and invisible zipper were supplied by Minerva Crafts UK. You'll see the finished yoga pants later this week as my May Minerva make.


RedPointTailor said...

I like the top - this diagonal cut and a pocket are stunning. Great idea.
The pants look great as well. I like such pockets.

Sew Little Time said...

So you can basically add this at any seam? Assuming the pocket hangs downwards. Nice. It's similar to the invisible pocket on the cake red velvet dress.

Velosewer said...

Thank you. I like the top too and I'd love to make it again - with a pocket.

Velosewer said...

I think you're right. You can add a pocket to any seam. The trick was to make sure there was no 'unnatural bulge' visible.

beajay said...

Loving those pants. Very cool. Great cross over top too. I know that was a while ago but I love the look.

Margo Bergman said...

Great idea! Lovely lines in those pants.

Kyle Burkhardt said...

Very clever!!!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Beajay.

Velosewer said...

I do like the lines on the pants.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Margo.

Velosewer said...

Scary to try so I'm really pleased it worked.

Amy T said...


poppykettle said...

Very cool :) I love you in the red top and mustard pants - great colours on you Maria!

Velosewer said...

He he.

Velosewer said...

I have to wear more colour. Thanks.

Gail said...

They look great. Missed you at the sewcation at Stanwell Tops


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