- Transfer markings to left front including raw edge slit.
- Using a rotary cutter and straight edge ruler, cut open the slit. Don’t fray yet!
- If you want to stitch the decorative ribbon in place by machine, do it now, positioning so it lies straight with the cut slit.
- Turn under the seam allowances on all edges on the patch pocket, turning to the right side. (so the right side of the fabric will show behind the slit).
- Position the pocket on the wrong side of the garment, right side of pocket to wrong side of jacket.
- Edge stitch in place.
- Wait until the garment is finished to carefully fray the edges on the slit opening and sew on the ribbon by hand.
- When the jacket is completed, add optional hand stitching.
- I used a double strand of silk cord, but you could use embroidery floss, buttonhole thread or a double strand of ordinary sewing thread. Make a sample on scraps so you can get the effect you want.
- I thread the needle, then run the thread over beeswax or thread wax and press with a hot iron to make the thread smooth and tangle free.
- I knot each thread separately - this helps prevent tangling and knotting.
- Use a running stitch around the facing and top of the pocket, finishing with a + at the shoulder seams, stitching ends and make a + on the pocket edge to hold it flat.
- Stitch a decorative piece of ribbon on the pocket. I slip a piece of cardboard into the pocket to make stitching easier.
- Carefully tease out the threads along the slit to make a frayed edge