m5525 – hip pockets

Do you add welts to pockets on your hips if you really don’t want to draw attention to your hips. Common sense dictates that you wouldn’t but I have. My boss often says common sense isn’t that common. I know he was talking to me:)

Issue 1
On this pattern, the pocket placement sits on my thighs. Who does such a thing? They now sit at my tummy level.

Issue 2
I got confused by the pattern instructions. The pattern picture shows the pocket welts pointing to the centre front. The instructions show them pointing to the side seams. There’s also a button on the pocket welt. The decisions when you’re doing detailing while you sew takes time. I pondered over this issue for at least 3 days before ripping them out.

Issue 3
Sharon reminded me that the reason you do a toile is to test out the pattern. Head slap moment in a series of head slap moments. I’ve tucked the welt into the pocket for a sleeker look.
Issue 4
I used red lining for both sides of the pocket bag. The red peeked through quiet a bit so I’ve now used the fashion fabric for the back pocket bag that you’d normally see.
I have renewed my friendship with my seam ripper.
The beauty of changing the pocket on this coat is they are built into the seam, so I didn’t cut into the trench coat fabric like I would have with a traditional welt pocket on a coat. Phew!
Sharon’s trench progress
Sharon’s trench journey is just starting. I did say that this trench sewalong has no time limit so please don’t think that you need to start or even make a trench unless you want to. Sharon has chosen this Burda pattern.
When you go to her blog, you’ll see her fabric choices and learn that there are lots of detailing options to make – or not make. That’s your choice.
From the years that we’ve known each other, Sharon is very detailed and a dedicated sewer so you’ll learn lots from her posts. Among her decisions/tasks, she has to decide to use this double breasted option or adjust it as single-breasted.
When I converted my McCalls 5525 trench from double to single-breasted I folded out the excess from the centre front piece, front facing and then recheck the collar and collar band.
These are the trenchcoat posts:

Trenchcoat sewing
Jalie 2680: city coat trench
McCalls 5525: single breast trench
McCalls 5525: a hood in the collar
McCalls 5525: pockets
McCalls 5525: shoulder detailing
McCalls 5525: bound buttonholes
McCalls 5525: belt carriers
McCalls 5525: finished