… well maybe I am still, a little bit!
I read and I read (and I huffed and I puffed)…. and still I didn’t pull it off! It just didn’t make any sense to me no matter how many times I read the instructions in the magazine (for my jacket). I need visual reference! My first port of call in times of near defeatism, is YouTube. There is always an amenable person to talk you through anything you want really, with live action video! There were a few tutorials and a few brilliant ones at that but none that included a flap. So next port of call was the Burda site itself and there in all its glory was a fabulously illustrated step by step guide on How To Make A Welt Pocket With A Flap. I followed this to the letter and it all worked out (just about) but then I realised that there wasn’t meant to be a welt at the top of the flap and I didn’t see this working out too well in pinstripe!
But, having followed this tute, I slept on it and woke up the next morning with a moment of clarity. I read the original instructions once more…. Eureka! Now it made sense! I set about trying it out on the second pocket and though a little more fiddly, it worked. Seems so logical now. I don’t know how I managed to get myself in such a pickle!
I would change one thing about the intended method though, and that would be to attach the pocket pieces to the welt and the flap before attaching to the jacket. The instructions say to add the pocket pieces to the seam allowances of the welt and the pocket flap after they have been sewn down on the body. You have to be pretty spot on and sew exactly on top of the same seamline as far as I can make out if you dont want any stitching to show….unless I’ve misunderstood that bit too, which is a strong possibility!
I’m toying with the idea of using a plain lilac fabric, or some of the plaid dress fabric, on the bias, for the welt. I think the chance of me getting this right in the heavier wool, let alone matching up the pinstripes, is pretty slim!
Anyhows, this is where I’m at. Glad I cleared that hurdle…. well, best not speak so soon eh?!
I’ll be a while before I get onto the real thing. I still have a collar and lapel to rehearse and I want to be sure that I am confident about every stage before I go steaming in!
In the mean time does anyone have any wise welt words they’d like to share?!