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Designing Details: Pockets

with Kenneth D. King
Designing Details: Pockets
Couturier Kenneth D. King shares his techniques for designing and sewing custom pockets that enhance the look and feel of any garment.

Deftly designed and expertly constructed pockets are essential for every fine garment sewer's repertoire, and with Kenneth as your guide, you'll master these skills. Start by sharpening your design eye with a strategy for auditioning different types of pockets and choosing the style and size that complements your pattern best. Then, Kenneth will help you integrate your pocket design into the body pattern and draft your pocket pattern pieces. With Kenneth's guidance, go step-by-step through constructing and finishing seven styles of pockets: regular and pleated patch pockets, shaped and rectangular welt pockets, as well as horizontal, vertical and zippered variations on his foolproof double-welt pocket.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. The Design Process

  • Meet your instructor and get to know the basics of pocket placement.


Lesson 2. Integrating Pockets Into a Pattern

  • Pocketless pattern? No problem! Learn how to expertly integrate pockets onto any paper pattern.


Lesson 3. Drafting the Patch Pocket

  • Learn how to draft a patch pocket onto your pattern, complete with pleats.


Lesson 4. Constructing the Patch Pocket

  • Now that you've drafted your patch pocket, learn how to construct it on your garment.


Lesson 5. Drafting the Single-Welt Pocket

  • If you prefer a single-welt pocket over a patch pocket, learn how to draft one for your pattern in this lesson.


Lesson 6. Constructing the Single-Welt Pocket

  • After drafting, learn how to construct your pocket by pinning, pressing and attaching the pocket bag.


Lesson 7. Designing Horizontal Double-Welt Pockets

  • Install your pockets by transferring, cutting and sewing interfacing, positioning and pinning, then attaching.


Lesson 8. Installing the Welt Pockets

  • Learn how to stitch around the welt and design a horizontal double-welt pocket.


Lesson 9. Constructing Horizontal Double-Welt Pockets

  • Construct the welt unit and apply your welt to the garment, then add a pocket bag and finish your pocket.


Lesson 10. Vertical Double-Welt Pockets

  • Learn how to construct a vertical double-welt pocket.


Lesson 11. The Zippered Double-Welt Pocket

  • Learn how to install, shorten and finish a zippered pocket.

"I haven't yet finished watching Mr. King's class, but I am spellbound by the beauty of his work, and the excellence of his instruction. I have so much to learn from this gentleman and if I can perform the steps as he has I am sure my pockets are going to be absolutely professional-looking. This course is hardly a necessity for sewing clothing, but pockets like his turn an average garment into one to be proud of. This course will separate the beginner sewers from the experienced in terms of sewing technique. The techniques he uses along the way can be applied to any area of sewing to help create a masterfully finished garment. He shows how patience, attention to detail and the enjoyment of EVERY step pays dividends on a grand scale. It is poetry in motion watching Mr. King create. What a gifted man and excellent teacher. I know am learning from one of the industry's best!"
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