Welt pockets are my current sewing hurdle. I sewed my first successful welt pocket in September 2008, with a great sense of achievement! (thanks Ann Rowley) but still, when I see a welt pocket in a pattern, I have nasty feelings of trepidation.
My public story about sewing hurdles is that they should be practiced, a lot, until they become part of the sewing repetoire. So, have I been sewing welt pockets? Yes, but not very often. I don't think I have sewn more than 10 of these to date.
On receiving Kenneth King's Cool Couture for Christmas, I thought I had welt pockets nailed. His technique using a ribbon as understructure for the welt seemed an ideal way to cut down on all the marking and measuring that is not at all my favourite part of sewing.
You may remember that in my most recent pair of trousers, I managed to completely stuff up the welt pocket due to operator error. That was Mr King pocket #1
Here are Mr King pockets #2 and #3.
There is a problem.
For #2, the nasty overlapping-instead-of-meeting-nicely-in-the-middle welt is compounded by my 15 minutes of resewing, re-turning and generally messing up the end of the welt until it required drastic repair.
Naturally, I assumed that my sewing was at fault, I must have failed to eyeball 1mm away from the edge of the 1/4 inch foot (that is Mr King mixing his metric and imperial, not me)when sewing the welt. So I was very, very careful with pocket #3. It did not meet in the middle either.
Was it my foot?
I measured. No, although my 1/4 inch foot looks nothing like Mr King's 1/4 inch foot pictured in his book, it does sew exactly 1/4 inch away from the edge.
Was it the ribbon?
No, the ribbon width is exactly 5/8 inch, as described on the label.
(Apologies to Pamela Allen for adopting the writing style of Who Sank the Boat? 500 times reading the same story will do that to you)
I was stumped.
I tried again.
I read the chapter of instructions again, not just the two pages with pretty pictures about sewing the welt.
Operator error strikes again. I was supposed to use 7/8 inch ribbon.
Note to self, read the instructions.