Sewing Hip Pockets - A How To Video Tutorial

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Video Length: 6:57
Produced by: Produced by Colleen G Lea for FashionSewingBlogTV

You may remember (although probably not), that back in March 2011, I first looked at the sewing of a ‘hip / inset’ pocket.


After a request by a Fashion Sewing Blog reader, I have decided to write this second post, covering the sewing of a hip pocket further, BUT, include an easy to follow video tutorial.

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The ‘hip’ pocket is also known as an inset pocket.

A hip / inset pocket is sewn within the waistline AND side seam of a garment.

A hip / inset pocket is more suited to the front of a garment.

The pocket may be used as a decorative feature to add design and flair to a garment, often added with other details such as pleats and gathers.

There are two sections to the hip / inset pocket -

A – A back section, which covers the hip area and can be in a contrasted fabric to that of the garment.

B – The lining fabric, sewn and then stitched into place inside of the hip / inset pocket.

Read How It’s Done!

1 – Interface the opening edge of the garment pocket shaping to stabilize the seam.

2 – Sew the inner pocket (lining) to the right side of the actual garment.

3 – Trim, grade and clip the seam allowance.

4 – Press the seam and then understitch. Turn the pocket to the wrong side of the garment.

5 – Top stitch the pocket shaping (optional).

6 – Now for the back of the pocket. With the garment on the wrong side, place the pocket and lining onto the back pocket section, matching up notches / balance marks. Pin and baste into position and machine sew.

7 – Neaten the seam edges.

8 – Sew the pocket to the waistline within the seam allowance and do the same at the side seam to secure it in place.

9 – The hip pocket is now complete.

If you have any fashion sewing related questions, please get in contact. It’s always a great pleasure to hear from the sewing community.

Happy fashion sewing

Colleen G Lea

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