What Is The Difference Between A Bound Pocket And A Traditional Welt Pocket?
Both a welt pocket and bound pocket fall in the larger category of slash pocket application. The finished pockets look identical- the only difference is in their construction.
In a traditional welt pocket application, the pocket opening is constructed of one or two welts taht are cut and stitched separately to the pocket opening. The individual welts are pre-folded and stitched to the pocket opening edge(s) such that when brought to the wrong side of the garment to complete the pocket opening, the welts from the rectangular fabric strips characterizing a traditional welt pocket application.
In a bound pocket application, the pocket bag layer is used to form the welt-like pocket opening. This longer pocket bag is folded evenly from the bottom and top on the wrong side of the pocket application.
On the right side of the bound pocket application, the folds create two separate strips that imitate the look and function of a traditional welt pocket. Unless you look on the wrong side of the pocket, you shouldn't be able to tell whether the pocket opening was constructed from separate welt pieces or formed with one of the pocket bag layers.