On-Seam Pocket Length and Positioning On The Garment
On-seam pockets are perhaps one of the most functional elements in dressmaking. They are subtle enough not to visually disrupt a garment's design, adding undeniable comfort and functionality to a garment. However, this comfort and functionality is only viable if the pocket is constructed of the correct pocket opening length and positioned at the correct distance along the seam. If you are adding on-seam pockets to a garment sewn at home, here are some basic rules to adhere too:
The on-seam pocket opening should not be less then 5" long. Anywhere from 5-6.5" is a standard length for an on-seam pocket opening. Anything longer would affect the pocket's functionality both in terms of items housed in the pocket as well as their ability to comfortably rest your hand in the pocket cavity.
When positioning an on-seam pocket along the seam, you should test the pocket location most comfortable to you. Bring your hand to your side and imitate the motion of placing your hand in the pocket. Measure form the waistline down to this general location to fins an approximate distance for the pocket placement. Your hand should rest comfortably and feel natural when using the on-seam pocket. Naturally, a placement taht is too low or too high along the seam will feel uncomfortable. The position of an on-seam pocket located at the side seam is usually measured from the waistline down- if the top of the pocket opening is anywhere from 3-6 inches down from the waist, you should have a fairly comfortable pocket placement.