Pavlova Skirt | Seashell Pocket Detail
The Cake tagline reads “sewable, wearable clothes for busy women – always with pockets!” If you’ve been reading 3 Hours Past for a while, you know I’m pretty serious about pockets of every description. They’re high on my list of reasons to sew for myself- I have to have that little pouch of fabric to carry around my necessities (red lips, phone, bus pass). A large and growing number of clothing manufacturers omit details like pockets from their designs because it adds to the final cost of the garment through labor costs.
But that’s the beauty of sewing my own clothes. I can have pockets in everything. Besides, I’ve been sewing pockets into my clothes for so long I don’t think I could bring myself to sew something without. (Except maybe a slinky dress…)
The inspiration for these pockets came a few weeks ago when I was on the beach and Lila brought me some shells. The idea of a seashell pocket wouldn’t go away and I took to Twitter with my experiments.
The final pocket shape is both basic and strong, with a dash of detail. Through washing and wearing my white Pavlova, I can tell you the pintucks function as supporting “ribs” over time, helping to support heavy pocket loads.
The band is cut on the bias (for fun), and is solidly constructed- pocket openings have to put up with a great deal of stress and friction. (Especially if I’m the one wearing said pockets.) In the pattern instructions, you are bid to “arc” the pocket band which trains the pocket into a useful and pleasing shape to hold all your goodies.
Do you usually wear pockets? What do you put in your pockets? What do you think of the Pavlova Seashell pocket rendered in pink tulle? Stay tuned and you’ll see it tomorrow!