How many ways are there to sew a pocket?

I’ve started the first garment of my #makenine2019! Top left corner … my jean jacket …


… with a cool twist! I want it to look as close as possible to the one my Inspiration is wearing! (the lady on the left) I don’t want to use leather though and I can only assume what the back looks like because I can’t see it in the photo. But I am inspired!

I was quite pleased to find 3.5 metres of black (yes, it is black) denim in my stash. It’s been there for a while. It feels like it has a bit of stretch to it, so it should be comfortable. I’m hoping to squeeze the jacket AND a pair of jeans out of this length. It should help that I want to add in some contrasting fabric.

Of course, my fabric stash doesn’t have anything to make the contrasting panels in my jacket – I’ll have to go FABRIC SHOPPING!

I did get a bit distracted … I ended up buying 3 more metres of 100% cotton bleached indigo denim. The colour was fabulous! I’m sure I’ll find something to make with it.

Now for the contrasting fabric … as soon as I found this fabric, I knew it was what I wanted to use for the contrasting panels. The wrong side of it had large stripes of red that I wasn’t too fond of, but at least the red was woven into the fabric tightly and there were no fibres hanging to get caught on anything. I was quite surprised to find this fabric, 50% polyester/50% cotton, in the “home decor” section of the store. I love it!

I’ve decided on my pattern choices – Vogue V8774, for the jeans, and Islander Sewing Systems “Jacket Express” for the jacket. I got this jacket pattern with a Craftsy course by Janet Pray and really enjoyed it! I have made this jacket before here, (over four years ago!) and I still wear and love it!

Starting with the jean jacket, I decided on cutting the corners square, instead of rounded. Also, when I was fusing on the interfacing, I noticed that I would have to be very careful putting this one together as only one side of the back denim fabric looks black to me, the other is a dark gray, which I definitely don’t want.

Sewing seams and topstitching. I could topstitch all night. Love it!

Then I started these front pockets. By the way, how many ways are there to make a pocket? Here’s the interfacing fused onto the facing and sewn onto the front, right sides together.

Facing pressed towards the inside.

Pockets prepared, making sure the right side is on the inside.

More topstitching.

Pockets basted onto the inside of the jacket using black thread with the right sides facing down towards the machine.

More topstitching on the right side of the front of the jacket, around the pocket edges. Have you ever seen a pocket put together like this before? Know of any other pattern that does it this way? I mean, it’s not impossible to do, just different than usual. As I cut it out and sew it, I can’t help but think that it might be easier to do a usual patch pocket on the front of the jacket. You would just have to put a cut out and a facing on the patch pocket piece. What do you think?

Now the welt pockets seem to be made with a more familiar method.

Pocket welt sewn on in the exact right spot!

Pocket lining sewn on in the exact right spot! Then comes the dreaded moment – I have to CUT a slit into my jacket front between the two edges and turn the pocket welt and lining to the inside!

Everything turned into the inside and pressed. A bit of edge stitching around the sides and top of the opening (Reminding myself not to sew the pocket shut!) Then the last piece of the pocket bag is sewn onto the pocket welt and lining.

So have you seen this method of sewing pockets in any other patterns? It’s a first for me!

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT?  Well unfortunately I started out 2019 by buying 3 metres of blue cotton denim and 1 metre of this wild polyester/cotton. Although I am hoping to have enough of the wild polyester/cotton left to make myself a bag (surprise, surprise) of course! So there is now 134.2 meters in the fabric stash!

2019 sewing plans!

Yes, I know, January is almost over, but this year I have actually done some PRE-PLANNING and this year I plan on finishing:


I know, like everyone, I still have a few UFO’s to finish – a top for my sister, a half made dress for myself, a pair of dress pants and another Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt.

But I’ve also sorted out a few projects I would like to tackle!


Of course all year I will be looking for my Designin’ December 2019 inspiration.  I’ll be watching for your inspiration too!

@corrineapplybemakes already has her Designer me-made Copy finished and posted on IG!

There’s no rush, take your time, you’ve got all year to think about it (almost!).  If you would like more details about the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER challenge take a look at this post here.

ROSIE© BAGS and other such projects:

I’ve made two Rosie© Bags so far this year, one for my sister, @JCVArtStudio, and one for me!!!

I have a 2 meter piece of fabric with a large Parisienne print so I isolated different scenes of the large print and let my sister decide which scene she wanted to use for her Rosie© bag …

… and which scene did she chose?

Next I finished my Rosie© bag.  I used fabrics from the box of upholstery fabric my sister gave me.

I’ve got one more Rosie bag cut out, I’ll get to it … sometime this year!


Over on Instagram there are a few Sewing Challenges I love. One is #magamsewalong. @sarahlizsewstyle organizes and inspires us to sew every month … she doesn’t have an easy task! I think my yearly theme is going to be “stash busting”. Hopefully I’ll have time for a few of the monthly themes too.

#makenine2019 INSPIRATION:

Another Instagram Sewing Challenge. I TRIED the #makenine2017 Challenge.  I picked my nine patterns to make during the year. I don’t think I got half way through them!  Now there is the option of choosing to make nine different garments (sewn or knitted or?) instead of picking specific patterns, so this Challenge has my interest.

Part of my inspiration for this Challenge was this meme I found on Facebook.  I can’t find the creator though, any ideas?

I seriously want to be the lady on the left … she’s my Inspiration … she’s just so cool … laid back … I love her.  I would even love to have her hair for a few days!

So here’s my #makenine2019.  

A Jean Jacket similar to the one my Inspiration (above) is wearing, not leather though. My Jean Jacket pattern is by Islander Sewing Systems. I’ve made one before here and I loved the pattern, the instructions and her methods.  This time I’ll put the buttons on the right side though! LOL

Skinny Jeans like my Inspiration.  

A Tunic top sort of like my Inspiration – I don’t want a long one, like her dress length.

Then a hoodie, casual pants and a top.  

And still left from last year’s “sewing to do” list … a bra and granny panties.  

Last, a dress of some sort!

Does anyone know of a on-line shop where I can purchase a complete kit for making a bra – proper fabric, elastic, whatever is needed?  Until I am familiar with what materials and supplies are needed, I would prefer someone just sell me a “kit”, preferably in Canada?

I found 3.5 meters of denim in my stash that I might be able to squeeze a pair of Jeans and a Jacket out of! I also found this embroidered pocket.  I was given this by a sewing blogger friend long ago and I was keeping it for something special.

Well I finally decided what “something special” is … some sort of little coin purse, wallet front or card purse.  I’ll figure something out. In the meantime, I’ve drawn chalk lines all over this and trimmed it down and I am drawing up pattern ideas.

What Challenges are you planning to do this month, next month, this year?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT?  Nothing yet!  Still 130.2 meters left in the fabric stash.

So how was Designin’ December 2018?

I hope you enjoyed yourselves! It sure ended with a BIG BANG at midnight last night! We had quite a slow start with one entry in early December … then there was a long, long pause … then BAM 12 more entries and most of them appearing on Instagram! Well done, Ladies! I thank you all for participating! I say, and I hope you do too …

“Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

These talented Sewists proved it! Here are their Designin’ December entries. Can you pick out the Designer Original v. the Designer me-made Copy? Check out their IG accounts and their blogs (links given with photos) for more photos and details. The details are fabulous!


This time last year – my how time flies – we were voting on who would be the Designin’ December Winners. Well since we have 17 generous prize sponsors and 18 generous prizes (two prizes from Itch to Stitch) and we have 13 Designin’ December Challengers we are going to change things up a bit from what was previously posted – I’m sorry – NO voting this year – instead ALL 13 OF YOU GET A PRIZE THIS YEAR! (My secret desire – no one leaves empty handed!)

To decide who gets what and to spice things up a bit, I drew your names one by one and put them in order from 1 through 13. #1 can pick a prize first, then #2 can pick a prize, and then #3 and so on and so on through to #13. I even have photographic evidence (14 photos actually) showing the outcome. I’ll just show you the final photo here …

So if there is no objection to my method – I give you the results of my draw – Winners IN ORDER:

  1. @delightfullypeculiar
  2. @sosewg
  3. @thesewinggoatherd
  4. @seamracer
  5. @wronghandmads
  6. @dezignsby
  7. @kaschu40
  8. @creationsbypaulamu
  9. @sarahlizsewstyle
  10. @suestoney
  11. @raquel_sewing_knitting_in_asia
  12. @memas_work
  13. @conlon.jan

I know this might take a while to go through all the Winners, so you should all look over our list of Sponsors and prizes and pick a few choices so you are ready when I contact you. @delightfullypeculiar please contact me with your choice first. You can email me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com . Let’s get this ball rollin’!

I would like to give a huge amount of praise and thanks to our prize sponsors. The sewing community is sooo generous!

I just want to say again it has been a pleasure organizing and running the Designin’ December Challenge, so much so that I look forward to seeing your Designin’ December posts all through 2019.

Remember … inspiration for sewing can come all year round, if you are inspired anytime during 2019 by an Original, copy it! Let me know! You too can be in the Designin’ December 2019 Challenge!

Over the next couple of weeks I shall be wrapping up Designin’ December 2018, doing a bit a sewing and taking a break from blogging. If anyone has a questions about Designin’ December, please leave a comment here or email me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com .

See you again mid-January! I think by then I might have my sewing plans in order for 2019 – not that I follow them as the year unfolds! 🙂

Happy Sewing!

This Challenge is organized and run from my blog, “Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!”. This Challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, and/or any and all other sorts of social media. Any information provided by you to me is for my information only and is not released to anyone or anything else. Winners will be notified through my blog and email, not any other types of social media.

My Designin’ December me-made Copy!

My Designin’ December me-made Copy is finished!  I decided long ago to copy this Designer Original … an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.

I did notice that it had these strange looking tied-on sleeves and decided those would be a work place hazard for me!  I did like the length of the sleeves and the slits in them though.

nicedressthanksimadeit.comI’ve used this pattern, McCall’s M6606, before and didn’t have to make many changes – a slight change to the collar and the hem line and the sleeves – those I narrowed a bit, left the traditional cuff off and made a new cuff with a slit.

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I definitely had fun with the “appliqués” on this tunic top!  I love this embroidered fabric!

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I cut off a section of the embroidered fabric with a couple of birds and flowers on it and pressed a light interfacing to the back of it, with a cloth over top of course.  Then I carefully cut out the birds and flowers.

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I was again lucky to find the correct colours in my thread stash! After I decided where I wanted to place everything, I basted the embroidered pieces to my fabric with Wonder Tape.

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I used the appliqué stitch on my sewing machine.

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I am very happy with the result!

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I’ve really enjoyed making this one and think it will fit into my life style just wonderfully!

If you would like to know more about the Challenge, click on – Designin’ December! Thank you to our sponsors!

Happy Sewing!

Designin’ December Questions and my progress with my DD me-made Copy …

I had a couple of Questions about Designin’ December.  

Do I have to copy a “high-end” Designer?  Nope!  If your taste leans towards something like these Nordstrom jeans – from Veronica Beard RTW at a cost of CAD $418.42 – make them!

Veronica Beard / Nordstrom / $418.42

I say … “Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”  Just show us your Designer Original photo and your Designer me-made Copy!

Another question – Do I have to sew it and post it in December?  Nope!  Inspiration strikes us all year round!  Anytime during the year you might find your Designer Original and make your Designer me-made copy – make it, post it, let me know!  I’ll save it for the fashion show in Designin’ December!

Don’t be shy now.  If you have questions, ask away!

Now it’s time to update you on my Designin’ December me-made Copy.  I decided long ago to copy this Designer Original … an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.

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I ran into a bit of a snag because I couldn’t believe that the pants were so PLAIN, but Sue of Fadanista came to the rescue and found a close up of the pants for me.  I love the slits in the back of the pant legs!

I originally was going to use a Simplicity pattern from 1999 that I have used before, # 8740, but I thought I would pull out my self-drafted pants pattern that I drew up a while ago, after many fittings of my muslin, and give it a try instead!

I compared my self-drafted pants pattern with the Simplicity pattern pieces.  There wasn’t much difference so I cut the pieces out using my self-drafted pattern pieces.  It felt safe enough!  We shall see how it turns out with this 100% cotton fabric.

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Look at that, I even have matching thread in my stash!

Zipper attached, inner and side seams basted.

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Approximately 100 fittings later – which meant trying them on, taking photos from all angles, examining the photos, picking the seams out, sewing them up again, and doing it all over and over again —

— I ended up really liking the fit on the RIGHT FRONT LEG and the LEFT BACK LEG!!!  LOL  I’m determined though … perhaps just one more fitting session is needed!

Of course, I had to pick apart my side seams along the top yet again to sew in the pockets!  I cut the corners of my front leg pieces in the same shape as my pockets.

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Pocket lining pieces attached.

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The belt loops and waist band were attached.

The waist band inner facing was attached too.  Then I picked it apart in a few spots so I could slip in the forgotten belt loops and sew it up again!

Last bit of machine sewing …

Next, the hand sewing is done.

Now for the slits in the back of the pant legs.  I cut the 2″ hem off and an additional 5″ for the cuff.

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I cut four pieces to make the two new 5″ cuffs.

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They turned out nicely.

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They were machine and hand sewed on.

Final photos?  Nope!  Not yet!  Not until I can wear them with my Designer me-made Tunic Top!

How’s your Designin’ December me-made Copy coming along?  Do tell!  Any Questions?  Just ask!  If you would like to know more about the Challenge, click on – Designin’ December!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Happy Sewing!

Our first Designin’ December 2018 Challenger …

is Sue Stoney of “Fadanista”!  Sue has used a new pattern from “Pattern Union” to copy a Designer Original she saw at a Marimekko Exhibition.

Here’s her Designer Original …

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and here’s her Designer me-made Copy!

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I love her hand painting!  If you’d like to know how she did it, pop on over to her blog “Fadanista” … she’s on Instagram too @suestoney!

Have you got a favourite designer?

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and a pattern?

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then you too can join.  To learn all about it click … Designin’ December Challenge!  

Of course, we cannot forget about our wonderful sponsors … Thank you!

Happy Sewing!




“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” … for Designin’ December 2018!

I know.  I completely stole the image and the quote.  Thank you White Rabbit for helping me illustrate my panic!  LOL  (illustration by Sir John Tenniel and written by Lewis Carroll)

NO, NO it isn’t too late!  Chill!  It’s not too late to start … keep working on it … and finish!  I am myself just finishing off on my pants (photos this weekend?) and I plan to do more cutting and sewing this weekend on my tunic top of  my Designer me-made Copy of this Designer Original – an Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2018.

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Keep in mind though, I do NOT wear pink, so I am using this green for my pants.  What would you call it “Emerald”? “Shamrock”?  No matter, I love it and I don’t have anything like it in my closet!

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Now that I am at the hem-up-my-pants stage, I wonder … Should a person who is 5’5″ on a good day wear “shorter” pants, like this model?  Also, I can’t tell from this Designer Original photo, but are there “slits” in the sides of these pant leg bottoms?  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments, please!

Oh!  I have news!  We have another DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018 Sponsor!

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Another Rosie© Bag and the Circle Craft Christmas Market

The holidays are fast approaching and along with organizing and sewing for Designin’ December, I have been asked and have decided to make a few Rosie© Bags as gifts.  I have a few cut out and I’ll be slipping the finished Bags on here as they get done, so you can have a look at them too!

My first request was for one exactly the same as the one I made for my sister, with a lighter coloured lining though – if I had it.  After all, I try to use stash and repurposed fabrics and supplies so sometimes the colour choices, etc. are not available!  But I found enough for this bag, and maybe even one more!  

My pieces are cut and interfaced properly.

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Refashion …

to fashion (something) again or differently; remake; alter.

I know I have made patterns exactly according to instructions, and I’ve also made them in my own haphazard way.  Refashioning this cardigan was something new for me!

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My sister bought this cardigan on-line.  As soon as it arrived she knew that it was NOT what was pictured in the catalogue photo.  She was disgusted with her purchase and asked me to take it off her hands.  Do whatever I wanted with it.

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