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by Elena Tran
I first learned how to sew rounded patch pockets when I took the course on sewing ladies' shirts. The principle of making couture rounded patch pockets is basically the same with the addition of hand-sewn lining and trim. Here is the sewing tutorial video for visual learners:
1. Start by cutting your pockets and the lining. Transfer all the markings.
2. Reinforce the fold line by stitching a strip of pre-shrunk seam binding or organza selvage along the fold line.
3. Fold and press the seam allowance on the sides, the bottom, and finally the top of the pockets. To shape the rounded edges, I am using a metal tool especially made for that. But if you don't have it, don't worry. I also used a cardboard stencil that I cut myself with the same results. Baste the pressed edges so they stay put during the next steps.
4. If you are using a trim, this is the time to attach it. There are different ways to attach different types of trims. The trim that you see in the video is attached by slip-stitching it to the pocket. Other trims can be attached by short running stitches, as long as the stitches are invisible.
5. Slip stitch the ends of the folded top of the pocket and then use catch stitches to sew the ends of seam allowances to the pocket all around. Make sure that the stitching is invisible on the face side of the pocket.
6. Attach the lining next.
And, finally, sew the pockets to the front of the jacket or dress with slip stitches or any invisible stitches that you prefer.