Rosie purse by Swoon. (this might be an affiliated link, if I did it right...) This is much smaller than the others I have made, so I was worried a gun wouldn't fit in, but it does, as long as it's a small gun!
|Back with discrete pockets|
|Zipper pocket was moved to the front, under the flap|
The entire back panel is the concealed pocket, and it is accessible from both sides. Once again some magic happened in the process, but I did try to capture pictures of that magic!
|My career as a hand model has begun!|
Here's my magical guide to adding the pocket:Additional supplies:
pocket lining fabric (1/4 yard is plenty)
2 zippers at least 9" (for double sided entry) I used these from Emmaline bags.
Fusible flex foam for the entire outside (I used it on the main front and back pieces, plus the gusset, trimmed so that it was just outside the seam allowance, non fusible needs to be caught in the seam allowance, so don't trim it as much)
Wash away zipper tape - makes it SOOO much easier!
Cut 2 extra pieces the same size as the back out of your pocket lining material, and 2 extra pieces of shape flex 101. Fuse the SF101 to the pocket pieces, and the flex foam to the back piece and gusset.
|Black fabric will be my pocket, the Always fabric is my back piece|
I elected to move the original back zipper pocket from the pattern to under the front flap, but you could eliminate it completely.
|For the zippers, I love the longer pull ones from Emmaline bags|
|Go past the curve of the bag so you have a large enough opening to get your hand inside. Leave enough hanging off the edge so that the zipper pull won't be in the way when you sew.|
Starting 1/2" down from the top, sew the lining and backing together using the seam allowance and stopping just past the curve.
|Don't be fooled by my starting thread tail, that's not sewn all the way to the top.|
Repeat the same steps for the zipper on the other side, using the same pocket piece.
|Make sure to leave the bottom open|
Flip the pocket piece right side out and double check both of your zippers still open.
Take the gusset piece and line up the top edges with the top edges of the back piece, right sides together.
|Make sure you've already attached your handle connectors, or you may hate your life later.|
|If you aren't using zipper tape, you may want to open it up and baste in place|
|Don't worry about gaping at the bottom, it's all going to come out in the wash|
|Those are the inside pieces of your pocket|
|The unsewn part of the gusset and back.|
To finish up the back, flip the gusset forward so that it is right side together with the back piece. Make sure the zipper is closed, but that the zipper pull is at least 1/2" below the top. Pin or clip the gusset to the back piece, and make sure the 2 pocket pieces will be caught in the bottom seam. Sew the top edges together (only about 1/2", but make sure to backstitch and secure it) Sew from one zipper to the other on the bottom, using the seam allowance. Once you are happy with how it looks and that the zippers open nicely, trim the zipper ends.
|Stitching on the back, above the zipper|
I hope that was helpful for anyone wanting to make their own concealed carry Rosie, and if not, I'll try to answer any questions! Thanks for stopping by!