I think we can agree that pockets in a skirt, tunic or dress are a must. A dress is elevated to another level of chic when there are pockets. In this tutorial, I will walk you through each step to make this the easiest was to add hidden pockets to a dress.
- Fabric that matches or coordinates with the item of clothing you are making
- sewing machine
Cut out a pocket shape that will fit your hand comfortably. You will need four of these – two for each sides of the garment. With right sides together trace around or cut around the pattern you have made.
You will want to serge around your pocket pieces prior to sewing onto your garment.
When it comes time to add the pockets, you will have already sewn the sleeves (if adding sleeves) in place, but have not sewn the front sides to the back sides. Make sure you know the beginning of where you want your pocket placed on your garment.
The following step by step instructions will guide you to getting the hidden pockets in your dress, tunic or skirt.
- Line up one of the pocket pieces right side together with the front of the dress. Sew down the side (5/8″ seam allowance).
- Fold the pocket piece away from the garment and press along the seam.
- With the pocket piece still facing away from the garment, top stitch just a few millimetres next to that first stitch. *The original stitch is pictured in purple and the top stitch is in green. This stay stitch will help the pocket stay in place and not flip to the outside of the dress. Repeat for the opposite front pocket. Do the same for both sides of the back of the dress.
- Place the front and back sides of the garment together with the pockets still facing out.
- Pin from under the arm and around the outside of the pocket and continue down to the bottom of the garment.
- Sew down where the pins are (remember not to sew straight down through the pocket opening). Repeat for the other side of the dress.
Even as you read through this tutorial, you may be doubting your ability. Can I do this? Is it too hard? What if I mess up?
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