Welcome to the latest installment of Crazy Cat Lady Crafts! Modcloth stylists have always had my heart, but this time they outdid themselves. I happened upon this sweatshirt a while back and immediately added it to my "Love List" knowing full well I would never buy it due to the $225 price tag, but if it were to become 90% off at any point I wanted to be ready. Shockingly, that never happened and the item is now sold out. However! This is an opportunity to get back to the original purpose of the blog and use the adorable sweatshirt as inspiration for something more affordable. Here's how I did it:
First, I used another shirt with a pocket to determine placement and size. I then marked it out with a disappearing marker. If you've never used one of these before, they are amazing for any fabric based craft. Just don't get your material wet before you're finished, you will lose all of your work.
Based on my decal and my sample shirt, I sketched my pocket at 5 inches all around so I still had space to hem the raw edges. To make sure the design was symmetrical I sketched and trimmed one side, then folded and trimmed the other (you can see this technique in the T-shirt Tailoring post as well).
I laid out my pieces to check placement before making any permanent decisions and then ironed on my decal. I created custom Wallace decals with stickeryou.com because given the option I would put Wallace's face on anything. Sticker You includes parchment paper and detailed application instructions with each order. The only tricky part was that the decals had a white border so I took the time to trim the edges before ironing to give it a more seamless appearance.
From here I just followed a sequence of fold, pin, and sew until I had my desired pocket shape. As you can see in the photos above, I started with about a half inch hem at the top, did the same with the sides, then the corners and the bottom. I was just winging this part tbh, but I think it turned out well.
After that, the only remaining step was to attach the pocket to the sweatshirt which also proved to be the most difficult step. I pinned my pocket in place making sure to only pin the top layer of fabric and then attempted the awkward bunching and scrunching required to sew only the front layer of the sweatshirt (see photographic evidence of this below). In my limited experience, the most important thing is that the material not be stretched or pulled awkwardly when sewing. If it is stretched, the sweatshirt will return to its natural shape after the pocket is attached and the pocket will not follow... resulting in a wonky pocket.... pocket.
And there you have it. Now I can take my pet everywhere! And publicly declare my insanity at the same time! My version looks a little more menacing than the original, but it captures Wallace's true nature accurately. I think the result is so weird and cute and, as a perpetually cold person, I am looking forward to living in this for the next several months. Next up, pants to match!
P.S. I'm also considering making a few available for purchase on the Etsy shop since the decals came 6 to a sheet. Anyone want to wear my pet cat on their person?!