Julie Bowersett


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Slanted Pocket for a Princess-Line Garment

Hello friends.  My, it's been a long time.  I have missed my blog so much, and I'm hoping that I can get back into posting on a somewhat regular basis.  I find such little time to "make" these days; raising a young family is time consuming.  But I'm going to try my best to post more than I have in the last two years (that shouldn't be too hard).

I developed the instructions for adding a pocket to a princess-line garment many years ago after sewing a commercial pattern with a similar pocket, and I prefer this pocket design over any other on garments with this style line as it adds very little bulk. You can use this pocket on dresses, tops or jackets.

Last summer (or was it the summer before?) I hand sewed an Alabama Chanin-inspired dress, adding this pocket.  I also added a hand-pleated ruffle at the top of the pocket and around the neckline to add a little interest to the otherwise basic garment.  You can find the instructions for the Pleated Ruffle on page 109 of Alabama Chanin's book, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.

Detailed instructions for drafting the pocket can be found here, in the Tutorials section of my blog. 

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Reader Comments (4)

Do you use a pleating board to make your ruffles, or do you have another trick? This is high on my list of "want-to-learn". I love it, especially on the pockets.

March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSue Manley

Oh, Julie, what a fabulous dress with subtle and lovely embellishment details.

March 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJane M

Julie, I remember when you went to AC and came back to model your top for the Springfield ASG Neighborhood Group. That was more than 12 years ago... because I moved to Florida in 2006. You are the person who got me interested in AC techniques. I have a t-shirt kit that I keep pulling out and looking at but I am nervous to do it! I love your dress and the pocket. I will save that technique to use someday!

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRose Marie

Sew glad you are back! I missed you.

March 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichele P

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