Unscrewing My Screw-up — Double Welt Pockets

I recently sewed a pair of Sewaholic Thurlows (my favorite pant pattern ever!).  While working on the back pockets, I screwed it up by cutting the whole way along the marked line.   You’re supposed to cut until you’re about 1/2 inch from the end or so, but I was being a bonehead and cut the whole way across.   Once I realized that I had screwed up, I contemplated what to do.  I didn’t have enough fabric to cut another back piece, so I had to work with what I had.  I figured I had two options. Option 1. was to extend the pocket a bit, doing the same for both sides of course.  This would have entailed pulling off the sewn on welts and cutting news ones slightly longer.  That wasn’t a bad plan, but I didn’t know if a longer pocket would look ok.  Option 2. was to try to sew up my mistake.  This is the option I went with figuring if it didn’t work, then I could try option 2.

First, I butted the cut area together and steamed fusible interfacing on it.  I used fusible tricot because it’s what I have in my stash that behaves the best.  I just wanted something to hold the cut together.

Once I had that ironed over my blunder, I VERY CAREFULLY zigzagged over the cut ends and did several zigazgs back and forth.  I did this by positioning it right side up under the machine foot and then holding the welts out of the way while I stitched.

Here’s a pic from the back and front.

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I then continued on with the construction as normal.  My stitched up area was all inside the corner when it was complete….I thought there might be a chance that a little would peak out, but it was ok.  Had any been sticking out, I had decided that no one should be looking at my butt that closely to see anyway.   Just to ensure that it doesn’t cause any problems in the future, I did topstitch around the entire top of rectangle of the welt.  Here’s the finished pockets.


Success!!!!  They actually might be the best welt pockets I’ve ever made!

To remind myself not to do that moronic mistake next time, I put a note in the pattern directions.


This will make me smile every time I see it in the future!

Happy Sewing!!


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2 Responses to Unscrewing My Screw-up — Double Welt Pockets

  1. I made it!! says:

    Well I looked at the butt of your pants very, very closely and you did an excellent job patching up!

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