Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 4, Pockets and the Mystery Back Piece…

So, time to make those pretty pocket pieces!



I cut some dark felt out to help line the spoon flower fabric and give it more weight.


Now the secret of this task- invisible hem tape! I used it to iron the check, felt and lining layers all together in a sandwich of power.


Then I took the herringbone tape and ironed a sharp crease.


More hem tape and some careful ironing, attempting to not burn fingers.


Then turn the corner and add more tape!


A pin keeps the corner in perfect position.


Mmmmm, binding mitre corners.

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When it’s all done I took a matching thread and used an invisible stitch to sew the edges down. When Christian does his he’ll use a top stitch but I like to make things pretty.


Because this coat hates me the lining for the pockets is different to match the panels they join with. >.>


This is the mystery back piece that has no name. Can anyone fill me in on what it’s called? It’s the part that usually buttons above the back vent.


I cut out the perfect size from the dark felt and pinned  it down. This then becomes the guide that I sew around- no more wonky oblongs for me!



Pinking shears- very useful for trimming inside seam allowances.



I left a hole to turn it all inside out and iron the bejesus out of it.



This is a simple version of ladder stitch which is basically invisible. Ooooh yesssss hand stitches.



Then it’s pinned to the back, ready to be sewn on right at the end!

Next step- making some welted pockets to give the pocket flaps something to go with. :D

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2 Responses

  1. Anya Codori

    The “mysterious back piece” is called a button tab. :)

    May 10, 2015 at 7:21 am

    • Tab

      Haha, yeah I found that out soon after- another thing to add to my namesake!

      May 11, 2015 at 2:47 pm

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