Pockets are an amazing thing to discover, hidden in the seams of a skirt or a dress, and they are an awesome touch to any skirt or dress you make yourself! I always try to put a pocket or two in the seams if there isn’t an applied pocket, if only to have a convenient place to stash my phone! So here’s a little tutorial on how to add pockets to your garments!
It is fairly simple but it may take some time as it takes a lot of careful pinning and stitching.
1) Figure out which seam you want your pocket to be in and how big you want the pocket to be. A good guideline I use it to make sure the opening will be wide enough for my hand and big enough for my phone to sit in. I don’t usually use a pattern, I will just free-hand cut something out of scraps with pinked shears. You will need two pieces with a one inch allowance at the “opening”.
2) Stitch the pieces together, but back-stitch one inch from the edge, like shown.
3) Press the seam allowance back firmly, as shown. This will create a stitch line.
4) Using your pocket, you can copy the opening measurement to the seam on your skirt.
5) Back-stitch right up to the pin to reinforce the seam.
6) Rip open the skirt seam in between the two points.
7) Pinning right sides together, pin one pocket edge to the matching skirt seam allowance as shown. Make sure not to catch the other seams at all. It is important that they are the same length so there are no holes in your seam.
Stitch from the skirt side so you can make up to the original seam perfectly. DO NOT OVERLAP STITCHING but instead back-stitch right before.
8) Make sure you didn’t catch any of the opposite pocket or skirt seam allowance and the repeat the process on the other side.
9) From the right side of the skirt, find the pocket in the seam and give it a firm press with the iron so that the seam lines up again. If you want, you could also add a snap to the inside for more secure closure, but it will lay pretty straight and closed with you put the pocket in straight and give it a good press.
Have fun and good luck! Take you time with your first pockets and let me know if you have any questions!
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