You might grimace at this, but it works for me! installing the pockets can be a bit of a pain – do you hand stitch? with yarn or sewing thread? who’s to know? Based on my previous experiences, I used the sewing machine and just top stitch them in place!
Now, you do need to have a fairly good match on the sewing
thread. Taking the swatch pocket to the store is a must but you can’t trust the
lighting, so I always get two options and then judge at home. I stitched on the swatch
to check and felt confident in my selection. Pinned the pockets where I thought
I wanted them, sort of in the centre of the half front, over the double stripe,
and then put it on. Wasn’t quite right. I found moving them almost to the side
seam looked better. I really like how it breaks up the lines and adds to the
detail. Took all of 10 minutes to stitch them in place, using a relatively long,
straight stitch, following along the inside of the chain stitch edging.
the belt, knit tubular, and hand made loops at each side seam at waist level to
hold it in place. This may be abandoned at some point, but I had to try it. I
like the whole thing, especially the sleeves – that little bit of bell
shaping feels nice, kind of feminine, and I like the way it snugs up to the elbow. The way the
fronts overlap just right and fall nicely without opening wide as I wear it, makes
the belt is rather unnecessary and I prefer the line of the whole garment without the belt. The weight of the longstitch facings is perfect!