Keep Your Pockets Full
August 6, 2010
If you're like me, you have lots of clothes you don't wear and lots of fabric scraps you just can't part with. After all, you might wear that top eventually and those scraps might come in handy! Well now is that time... Get your old boring tank tops or t-shirts and give them a makeover! Nothing crazy, just a little cute pocket makes all the difference.
This fancy little pocket, which I call a "Cowl Pocket", has been made with some rayon jersey left-overs. Lightweight jersey works best for the cowl pocket because it has excellent draping qualities. For an unexpected twist, put the pocket in an unconventional place! Have some old jewelry? Throw that in there too! I used an old broken necklace and hand stitched the ends of the chains to the edges of the pocket. If you do this, be sure the chain is lightweight enough so it doesn't pull the fabric. Also sew it onto where you have top stitched the edges- the multiple layers of fabric well help support the chain as well.
Here I've used some scrap Anna Maria Horner voile fabric for this "Mini Pocket". Because tanks get smaller where the straps form, a smaller pocket is best. Lightweight woven prints work great for pockets! This one is super easy to sew: just iron and top-stitch!
Pockets are all the rage right now and can make such a difference to the most boring of tank top, or any garment! Instead of buying the latest trends, recycle your old wardrobe, and your beloved fabric scraps.
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