Online Class

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.

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What You Get

  • 11 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Kenneth D. King
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. The Design Process
Meet your instructor and get to know the basics of pocket placement.
2. Integrating Pockets Into a Pattern
3. Drafting the Patch Pocket
4. Constructing the Patch Pocket
5. Drafting the Single-Welt Pocket
6. Constructing the Single-Welt Pocket
7. Designing Horizontal Double-Welt Pockets
8. Installing the Welt Pockets
9. Constructing Horizontal Double-Welt Pockets
10. Vertical Double-Welt Pockets
11. The Zippered Double-Welt Pocket

Taught by

Kenneth D. King
Kenneth D. King
As a custom couture designer in Manhattan, and an adjunct professor in the Haute Couture Certificate Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Kenneth is an authority on sewing and fashion. He's also the author of multiple sewing books, and a contributing editor for Threads Magazine. Kenneth's work can be found in the permanent collections of museums and the private collections of celebrities like Elton John, Don Johnson, and Geena Davis. Kenneth's vast construction and patternmaking knowledge makes his classes an indispensable resource—his charisma and humor make them a joy to watch.
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