Anyone who mostly wears dresses and skirts will understand how frustrating it can be to not have pockets.
Seems silly but I never appreciated pockets until I started wearing mostly dresses and skirts.
I hate having to carry my phone in my hand and don’t like it being in my bag so without pockets I’m kinda stuck.
I have had my seamstress add pockets to a couple of my pieces but being that I can actually sew, I sometimes feel super lazy getting someone else to do it.
So I decided to get over my fear of accidentally ruining my clothes and sew in a darn pocket myself!
To add pockets you will need:
-Garment (skirt or dress) I started with this cute Dancing Horse Jenny Skirt
-Paper, doesn’t have to be tracing/pattern paper
(I use non-fusable interfacing so that I can re-use my patterns numerous times with very little wear on them)
-Pinking shears or overlocker (optional)
(If you have a good eye and are handy with needle and thread you cdan definitely hand sew, but I rather use the machine for seams)
For this to work with as minimal fuss as possible it’s best to do this with a skirt or dress that has side seams.
If your garment does not have a side seam you may need to create well.
So with that being said…
Let’s get started!
Draw up your pocket however big you want it on your paper, this will be your guide to the actual size your pocket will be.
If you already have a skirt with a pocket you can just trace around that, which is what I did because it’s already the perfect size for my giant phone.
I had to go out and buy the biggest phone I could find so I need deep pockets.
Check to see if this will suit your skirt by positioning it where you plan to insert the pocket.
Line up the two pieces so they are even and pin together. Mark the outer corners with a pin so you know when to stop.
Sew the pieces together along the seam of the dress/skirt and curve around to close the pocket.
If you have an overlocker/surger go ahead and overlock that seam.
If not, you can use a zigzag stitch or cut the excess with pinking shears to avoid any fraying.
Sewing machine zigzag stitch & cut using pinking shears
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