customizing the art museum pattern: adding bow welt pockets

Today we are delighted to welcome back Nele who hails from Belgium. She’s the one who did the fantastic tutorial on adding a scalloped yoke to the School Photo Dress. You might also know her because she was the winner of the last season of Project Run and Play! She was kind enough to take the time to share a tutorial on how to add bow welt pockets to the Art Museum Trousers, but keep in mind that they can also be added to the vest, too. Great to have you here, Nele!

Hello everyone! I am Nele and I blog at Spiegelstiksels. I’m happy to be over here on the Oliver + S blog to show you how I added a bow welt pocket to the Art Museum Trousers. I first tried this pocket two and a half years ago on a dress I made for my daughter. She doesn’t wear dresses anymore, but she can still appreciate a little girly touch to her trousers.

 

Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers with bow welt pockets

 

I worked with the pattern pieces for the welt pocket that are provided with the regular pattern. All you need is an extra strip of fabric.

The piece in the picture is 5.5 cm by almost 30 cm. You will have more than enough for the pocket with only half of the length.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

For these trousers I used a Nani Iro double gauze which is very soft fabric. I wanted to use an interfacing that doesn’t make the fabric stiffer but does help to retain the shape, so I chose H 410 to add to the welt pockets.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Fold the extra strip of fabric in half lengthwise, with right sides together and sew with a 7.5 mm seam allowance. You now have a tube. Turn this tube right side out and press it, centering the seam. Snip it in the middle so you have two equal pieces. These will be used as loops that go around the welts.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Sew the darts as instructed by the pattern and transfer the markings for the pockets from the pattern to your fabric.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Place the loop piece in the middle between the markings. Make sure it overlaps the (invisible) line between the lower two markings, but does not overlap the line between the upper two markings. The right side of the loop is facing down, so the center seem is visible at this point of the process.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Pin the welt pocket to the trousers with the right sides together, matching the placement markings.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Stitch the top and bottom lines. Make sure they are parallel and exactly the same length.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Cut a slit through both layers of fabric between the two stitching lines, ending on both sides in a Y-shape as closely as possible to the stitching.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Pull the welt pocket through the opening to the backside and press. The picture shows the right side of the trousers at this point of the process.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Press the bottom of the welt pocket piece up.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Fold the welt down again matching the top of the opening.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Check the right side, fold the fabric away at the side of the pocket and stitch down that little cut triangle.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Pull the loop piece to the back side of the fabric.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Pull the loop down to create a bow shaped welt.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Once you like the shape of the bow, pin it to secure it.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Now take the lower part of the welt in one hand and fold away the fabric of the trousers with your other hand. Sew the loop to the welt and the seam allowances but not to the trousers.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Cut off the excess part of the loop piece.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Finish up the pocket as indicated in the Oliver + S welt pocket tutorial. Take a moment to admire your work.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Repeat these steps for the second pocket.

 

Adding bow welt pockets to the Oliver + S Art Museum pattern

 

Finish sewing up the trousers an indicated in the instructions. I hope this tutorial helps you to create as many bow welt pockets as you’d like. I’m curious to see what you make, so feel free to comment on my blog and I will come over to yours to have a look. Have fun!

 

Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers with bow welt pockets

 

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3 Comments

  1. This is beautiful Nele. A lovely way to put a girly touch on the Art Museum pattern, thank you.

  2. Looks like my earlier comment disappeared, but those trousers are fab and I love your tutorials. Great way to add a feminine touch, this would be great for pockets on a little jacket/blazer, too.

  3. Nele, thanks so much for this great tutorial! I love the pockets and the fabric you chose.

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