Pocket Opening Corrections – Making Curved Pockets Bigger

Have you ever had the problem that you can hardly fit your hand in your pockets?! It’s certainly a common problem with store-bought clothes, especially on tight/skinny-fitting pants!

This is a little trick to do on tight pants with curved pockets. It allows a bit extra room for the hand to get in.
Of course, you need to make sure your pocket opening length is long enough for the width of your hand.

On your pattern, give ⅛ inch to the side seam and the waistline right near your pocket opening. This will be enough to provide extra fabric for your hand to go in. If the pocket has a facing, it usually goes 1¼ inch into the pocket, so this subtle extra amount of fabric won’t expose the facing’s border.

You’ll see a great trick for straight pockets in the next post.

This information and more can be found in The Fitting Book. Order your book today through the link below.

Learn the 3-Step Fitting Process:

A) Identify the Fitting Issue.

B) Pin, Cut, & Tape the Fitting Sample.

C) Correct the Sewing Pattern.

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