Wednesday, August 27, 2014

M5894 Pocket Design

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to spend a little time talking about the back pocket design for my jeans.

When I first sat down to doodle some ideas for them, I couldn't really come up with anything special, yet I knew I had a big chance to create something unique.  I tried looking at the embroidered designs on my sewing machine, but nothing jumped out at me.  I also tried playing around with loops and curves. Yet somehow I didn't want to draw TOO much attention to my derriere.

So, I finally decided on an inspiration.  I took the letter "V" from my name, and angled it out a little wider.  I began adding two more angles to the design to come up with my final result.  When I finished, I began to see a bit of familiarity in what I came up with.  It is similar to this:

My back pockets now look like the Corporal ranking symbol turned upside down!  But, it gets better. My father served in the Army for many years.  I remember him coming home in uniform, and I definitely remember seeing his different ranking symbols.  So, whether it is coincidence, or a deeply embedded memory springing forth, I like what it turned out to be.

Here is my process for the back pockets:

For the final result, I used a bright turquoise thread on the outer portions, and a camel color on the inside.  The same camel color was used for the edgestitching.  It will be my topstitching thread too. Underneath each pocket is a piece of stabilizer that tears away once the design is stitched in (my denim has 3% stretch)

I still have to place the back pockets, and finish the topstitching/edgestitching along the sides, but I am happy with how everything looks so far.  Somehow, it makes the idea of these pair of jeans more real.  

Stay sew-filled!


  1. EEEEEK! I cannot wait to see these!

  2. Oooh, Vanessa, those pockets look awesome! I seriously need to make a pair of jeans, can't wait to see yours...

  3. Vanessa! What a great design and you stitched it perfectly!! I can't wait to see more!

    Thank you for all your kind comments on my blog. They always make me feel good. :)

  4. Wow! Those are going to make the jeans fabulous.

  5. Oooh! Seeing the topstitching always gets me excited about denim!!!

    These are going to be GREAT!

  6. I love this! I'm so excited to follow this process.

  7. VERY NICE POCKETS! I can't wait to see your completed project!

  8. Your pockets turned out very nice, Vanessa. You did an amazing job!

  9. Yes. Yes. Military Insignia...way to go! Nice touch and nice job so far. I'm sure these will be fabulous!

  10. Your pockets look fantastic!! I always want to do something fun like this but run out of inspiration (or energy) and just leave them plain.


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