A conventional Way To Iron On-Seam Pockets Once Complete
Ironing a seam housing an on seam pocket is what truly completes the pocket application in the dressmaking process. Just stitching and clean finishing the seam and corresponding pocket bag i snot enough to yield you a clean, professional finish- ironing is what pulls it all together.
Once the on-seam pocket is stitched and the seam allowance edges are clean finished (as desired or indicated in your project instructions), iron all seam allowance layers and pocket bag toward the front of the garment. This directing will ensure that the on-seam pocket lays in its appropriate functional direction. You may find it difficult to iron from the application's wrong side, thus you should iron from the seam's right side as this will provide optimal control. Be mindful of heat sensitive fabrics and use a protective cotton cloth if needed.
Sometimes, ironing alone may not be sufficient to keep the pocket bag permanently directed forward. After the first wash cycle or during the first few uses, you may find taht the pocket flips toward the garments back and needs to be manually redirected toward the front to be used functionally. In this case, it helps to apply attach on at the bottom and/or top of the pocket opening to ensure the pocket bag remains in place as aligned. You can use a whipstitch or a bar tack, applying it next to the seamline (on the garment's front side) catching the garment layer and pocket bag layers underneath. Conventionally, the thread color should match taht of the garment- for better visibility, a pink color thread is used in this tutorial.