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Pocket perfect! How to turn a plain hoodie into a fashion statement

DIY diva Crispina Ffrench buys most of her clothes at thrift stores, and then jazzes 'em up at home using her ace seamstress skills. Here, she shows ya how to turn a not-quite-fab sweatshirt into the hoodie you'll be wearing all season long. Get ready to dazzle!


What you’ll need:

Thrift store sweatshirt

Remnant of fabric for your pocket made of similar weight and stretch as the sweatshirt

Embroidery floss

Sewing machine or hand needle and thread

Straight pins


What you’ll do:

1. Using the pocket on a different sweatshirt as a pattern, cut two “kangaroo” shaped pockets. If the edges of your pocket fabric will fray, add 5/8" seam allowance all around. If your pockets are made from a fabric that won’t unravel, add 5/8" seam allowance to the curved edges only.

2. Press under the seam allowances.

3. Using embroidery floss, hand-stitch the curved edges with a running stitch to secure the seam allowances to the pockets. The fold at the pocket openings is important so those edges don’t stretch.

4. Pin the pockets onto the sweatshirt and sew them down using the same simple running stitch.


Think outside the box

Crispina says, "Pockets can be added to lots of garments. I have added cell phone pockets to the inside center back of my running shorts and pants. This placement keeps my shorts from pulling on one side due to the off- center weight of my phone/pedometer/timer. I used T-shirt fabric for these pockets, keeping them soft and absorbent against my skin. These pockets work best if they are just as wide as and a bit deeper than the gadget they are designed to hold to keep them secure even when bouncing around at a full-tilt sprint."
Excerpted from Mend It Better (c) by Kristin Roach, used with permission from Strorey Publishing. Photo by: Greg Nesbit Photography

BY CRISPINA FFRENCH ON 4/18/2012 2:30:00 PM


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