With the warm weather we are having at the moment (25 degrees Celsius, very hot for The Netherlands in April) I’m longing to sew linen trousers and not doing much hand-sewing. I’m also enjoying the sun, having a lunch or a cup of coffee in the garden is so nice!
For the enforcement of the pocket opening I used a technique I found in the book “Couture sewing techniques” by Linda Maynard that I bought recently. It’s a wonderful book with a lot of special techniques that I’d like to try. Like Ann said in her review of the book (must be the same book, though my version has a different cover) it’s not about haute couture techniques. The techniques are more high end RTW and as I’m striving more towards high end rtw for my own sewing than real couture techniques, this is a book I like and will use more in the future.
These are not the complete instructions of the book to sew the pocket, but I like to show the way the opening is made.
For the pocket opening a strip of silk organza is used, cut on the straight of grain, 3 cm wide. Fold the strip in the length and iron it. Place it on the seamline of the pocket (wrong side of fabric), clip where necessary to make the curve. Stitch in the crease.
Sew the pocket facing with right sides together, the stitchline just beside the previous stitching.
From this point I made the pocket opening like I always do: trim the seams, clip where necessary, turn and topstitch.
This is the result on the inside of the pocket.
And here you can see the trimmed seam allowance and the silk organza. Nothing to be seen after completing the trousers.