Front Hip Pocket Components
A front hip pocket application requires separate patterns that work as an extension of the garment. Conventionally, the pocket is constructed of a pocket facing and a pocket piece. You will need one piece of each to form one pocket. Since front-hip pockets come in a pair, two pieces are cut of each pattern (facing and pocket piece). The pocket piece should include notches along its side seam and waist edge to facilitate the alignment process with the pocket opening edge.
The pocket facing clean finishes the pocket's opening edge. The pocket piece is half visible on the face of the garment with the other half positioned underneath the facing layer to form the pocket bag. The pocket piece's vertical side edge completes the garment's side seam while its top horizontal edge completes the waistline edge. The pocket piece is always cut from the same fabric as the garment while the facing is usually cut form a lighter material.
It is common for the facing layer to be divided into two parts. Similar to a facing-lining combination, a smaller portion (usually, made of the same fabric as the garment) finishes the pocket opening edge, while the second portion, usually made of lighter material, completes the pocket bag.
In the sewing process, the pocket opening edge is clean finished with the facing first. Only after this portion is fully constructed, the garment layer featuring the pocket opening edge is aligned on top of the pocket piece to complete the garment's front portion and respectively, the pocket bag. For an accurate application, it is important that all corresponding notches and pocket bag edges align.