I admit, going into this project I was pretty intimidated. I knew I wanted pockets, but I also knew that once I started there was no going back. And as I really liked the dress, failure was not an option. However, this came together so much more smoothly than I anticipated. I did get thinking halfway through that I should probably have gone off of someone else's tutorial for my first attempt. I did, basically, make this up as I went. Nonetheless, I am quite satisfied with the final product and I see myself doing it just the same in the future.
I realized an amazing aspect of adding your own pockets. They can be as big as you want them to be! Now, how many of you have pockets that won't even fit your hand? I know I do. And most skirts and dresses don't even have pockets! Anyway... I'm sure you've picked up on the fact that I'm pretty excited about this.
So, the pockets in this tutorial I guess are what you would call Welt pockets. Maybe not, I don't know my pocket styles very well. I'm hoping to eventually do a side seam pocket, I feel that could be added to a wider variety of garments, as (hopefully) they wouldn't be seen unless your hands were in them.
well... here goes, and god luck following my instructions. If you have any questions leave a comment, shoot me an email, send a carrier pigeon; I'll make sure to get back to you. Also, I do appologize for the quality of the pictures - I feel I say that an awful lot. That's what I get for working on these things too far into the night.
Also, keep in mind that your garment doesn't have to have two pockets. If getting two to match perfectly makes you faint-hearted just do one.
Step One: I started by making the piece of fabric that will go over the pocket. The only bit you'll see from the outside. I happened to have some of the same material as the dress and used that, but if you don't have the exact same fabric, fret not. A complementing fabric would be fine. If you went with something contrasting I think that would look amazing. Perhaps a colorful print on a solid or, if the skirt is a busy print, you could go with something solid and bright. Don't be afraid to make the pockets pop!
My pockets are 5 inches long. I cut the material 6 inches and folded the ends over a half inch. As you can see in the picture below, the top of the strip is a clean hem and the bottom is a raw edge. The bottom will be sewn under, so it's okay if it's not pretty. Height-wise they are about an inch and a half, with a half inch or so of seam allowance on the bottom. The measurements for the height don't have to be too exact, as long as the two pieces match, the length definitely does have to be exact.
note: Your pockets don't have to be at an angle as I did mine. They can be straight across.
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Step Twelve: Fold the strips upward, to cover the slits. Iron Them flat if it seems necessary. Pin in place.
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