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I have a coat that originally came with horribly over-sized patch pockets that I’ve finally decided needed to go, but I hate coats that don’t have pockets. So I was going to add in-seam pockets, but the side seams of the coat are a little too far back so it would make using the pockets awkward.

So my question is:

Would I be able to add other “invisible” or slanted welt pockets in the middle of the front panels of the coat?

I do have extra fabric from the removed pockets. I believe this coat is a wool blend felt. My sewing skills are self taught and enough to hem my own jeans, mend holes, sew buttons, but that’s about it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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    Sep 10, 2012, 05.54 PMby katexxxxxx

    You could use fabric from the pockets to make welts for welted pockets, using a lining fabric to make the pocket bags. They won’t be invisible, but the would be more discreet than patch pockets.

    Practice making welt pockets on gash fabric before you attack your coat!

    I doubt the coat is felt. Felt has no weave. if it looks like felt on the surface but has a woven fabric structure within the fabric, then it’s probably Melton.

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    Sep 12, 2012, 03.52 AMby babydolljf

    Another question as I just realized (duh!) that my coat has a lining. What would be the best way to go about adding a welt pocket then?

    Could I partially remove the lining and sew it back on without it looking horrible?

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      Sep 12, 2012, 09.07 AMby katexxxxxx

      Yes. Just release it round the hem, go up inside the coat, and hand stitch it back in place afterwards.

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    Nov 8, 2012, 03.14 AMby arisaid

    Out of left field, why not knit some patch pockets and put them on!

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