I have been working on a growing pocket (trowser style) for Maternity and wonder if it might work in reverse for weight loss.
The front of the pocket bag and pants front are on waistband.
The back pocket bag and back of pants are on another waistband that goes behind the front band at the pocket. The top 3 inches of the pocket bag are open and there is elastic in the back band connecting to the front band. The pocket then stretches open.
What would happen if you subtracted 4 inches from your waist measurement. As you lose inches the pocket will close more.
I have seen this waist treatment on men's pants but ont ladies.
Posted 2006-04-13 2:07 PM (#16099 - in reply to #16093) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
Location: Cincinnati, OH
I like this idea, Karen! And actually, I had a pair of jeans like this when I was pregnant with Robin, and a skirt, as well. It works really well, and would be a great addition to the programs.
The band of the skirt had decorative buttons, and the buttonholes were literally folded over and doubled, forming a pleat. When I got bigger, the pleats weren't needed, so only the single buttonholes were needed. Obviously, this does not require a pocket, although there was one on each side, which was handy.
On the jeans, there were a series of buttons, if I remember correctly (it was only 22 years ago!), and there was some kind of elastic involved to sort of snug it up.
You could also do the same thing with a piece of elastic in a waistband that has buttonholes sewn in. As you grow or shrink you simply move the button to the next buttonhole.
Posted 2006-04-13 6:19 PM (#16108 - in reply to #16093) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
Location: Cincinnati, OH
a long time ago Pendelton skirts used to come with the opening in the pocket. It wasn't adjustable but it was the same idea. I used to make all my skirts that way. I have also done it for pants but it is more of a hassle if you are wearing a belt. Since I use elastic as the interfacing in most of my waistbands anyway, this would be a great way to let them stretch when needed
Posted 2006-04-14 6:48 PM (#16162 - in reply to #16093) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
I had a Vogue pants pattern in the 80's (think it was Calvin Klein) that had this open pocket. It doubled as the side opening for the pants. Was a great fit with nor front or back zipper. But, I would think that closing this up further for a shrinking waist would lead to bunching of the pocket fabric beneath the garment fabric. Might look, and feel, kind of creepy.
Posted 2006-04-30 12:47 AM (#16767 - in reply to #16093) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
I used to make most of my pants and skirts with waistbands adjustable by the pockets. For awhile, RTW had these pockets and for awhile they used buckles which slid along a track.
I have used pairs of buttons and one buttonhole, trios of buttons and two buttonholes, a single and two eyes plus velcro, the large hooks and eyes which have three openings for the hooks, a skirt hook with two eyes sewn 1/2" apart, and so on. I've also had buttonhole elastic coming out of the back waistband and buttoning to the front. Can you tell I've always had a problem with a variable waistline?
Now, elastic is my best friend, although I still use the waistbands on pocket openings once in awhile. (Check out the Plaid seersucker pantsuit, PMB V3, 8/04 at www.flyingember.com/sewing/sewing.html
Posted 2006-05-01 11:50 AM (#16812 - in reply to #16808) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
Location: Cincinnati, OH
LOL! That's a good one, Karen!
Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2006-05-01 1:22 PM (#16817 - in reply to #16767) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
Phyllis, I just went to your website and I am very impressed with all of the projects you have made--great work! I want to make a slinky top with cowl neck, so I was especially interested in how you did that project. Thank you for sharing!
Posted 2006-05-04 12:44 AM (#16885 - in reply to #16093) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
Thanks. I've been using PMB and Curves for three years now, and have only used a commercial pattern a couple of times (they were ones I'd already made up.) I started the website when I realized there would be lots of questions about how I made a couple of things, and it hopefully has continued to help others in their journey towards better fitting and more interesting garments!
Phyllis Carlyle, who is off her home dec kick and back to making a blouse
Posted 2007-04-17 11:04 AM (#29128 - in reply to #16093) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
I would love to see this type of pocket available they make the pants very confortable to wear and they don't show the elastic which makes them seem dresser. They also don't seem to creep down in back when you bend over. I have a physical labor job that requires dress clothes / suits.
Posted 2011-01-21 11:28 AM (#72119 - in reply to #29129) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
Location: Lincoln, NE
I've lost about 30lbs and plan to lose another 15-20lbs so this looks like just the ticket for me! But I'm having a hard time visualizing this. Wouldn't you end up with a wonky pocket? Do you somehow pleat the inside pocket so that it doesn't pull funny when you adjust the waist size? Would it be possible to see some diagrams or pictures of this?
Posted 2011-01-26 3:27 PM (#72179 - in reply to #16093) Subject: RE: Adjustable pocket
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Threads magazine, issue 144 of Sept 2009, page 40 has an article by David Page Coffin called 'A Moveable Waist".
I think this may be something like you're describing.
Or maybe not quite as it looks as though there is one front waistband and not two, and it moves as the closure type is adjusted along the waistband.
I also notice that the pocket is a slant style.