Thank you all so much for your advice on my pocket lining! In the end, I chose to hotfoot it to MacCulloch & Wallis on a lunchtime to ask if they had any pocket lining fabric. Of course they did!
The above is Cotton Silesia, which is a dense polished cotton. It’s light, but tough! As you can see, it came in three colours and I went for black. In hindsight, maybe I should have gone for the cream. I just can’t decide. I still like the colour-absorbing qualities of black, for keeping things discreet. Let this be a lesson! Always carry a swatch of your fashion fabric in your handbag – you never know when you’re going to be doing some spontaneous additional shopping.
Beth of Sunny Gal Studios has a great blog post here about inserting pockets so that they’re hidden rather than flush with main seams. I’d already cut out my pieces, so couldn’t follow her direction quite as closely as I’d have liked, but her tips certainly helped avoid my pocket lining being right on the seam. You can see, they’re slightly tucked away from the edge:
And when the pocket is lying flat, it’s all but invisible – just what I wanted.
If I’d been clever I’d have thought around the print placement on my fashion fabric before cutting out these pieces for pocket insertion. But I’m not clever, I’m dumb. Fortunately, this print is so busy, that I don’t think my oversight is a deal breaker.
This makes me so happy! I don’t mind making minor mistakes because I’m learning, learning all the time. Next time, fingers crossed, I’ll remember and won’t make the same mistakes again. Famous last words. That is asking an awful lot of my addled brain…