Inseam Pocket and Invisible Zipper Combo
Yesterday I showed you the white circle skirt with the inseam pocket and invisible zipper in the left side seam. Today I'll show you how that is made.
This can be done on any side seam with inseam pockets. There are no special pattern pieces or tools.
Step 1: Finish edges of side seam and pocket bags. Place one pocket bag on front of garment, aligning the pattern markings for pocket placement. Using a marking pen or pencil, draw two short lines starting at the edge of the fabric at the pocket opening markings and inward for 5/8". Draw another line parallel to the edge of the fabric on the seam line connecting the two shorter lines. You should have the piece marked as shown below:
Step 2: Stitch on the marked line, starting at one edge, pivoting at the corner, stitching down the seam line, pivoting at the second corner and ending at the fabric edge.
Step 3: Clip into the corners, turn the pocket bag to the wrong side and press. You will now have the finished front edge of the pocket.
Step 4: Finish making the pocket bag by turn the front so that the wrong side is up and pinning the other pocket bag in place. Stitch curved edges of pocket bag together with the front out of the way so as not to catch the front in the stitching. The second photo shows what the front will look like at the end of this step. You now have a finished pocket, and an edge to which you can attach an invisible zipper. Notice also that the pocket is not attached to the back of the garment in any way, as a regular inseam pocket might be.
Step 5: Insert the invisible zipper in the usual way, making sure not to stitch through the pocket opening. You can see that I've basted the one side of the zipper in place in the photo below. Basting is extremely important in this case so that you can get the zipper right on the seam line at the pocket opening without catching the opening.
Step 6: Enjoy! That's all there is to it.
Parting Shot: Replacement pattern. I got the replacement pattern, now I just need to some major grading up!