My youngest daughter likes to collect and carry around all sorts of little things….funny sticks, shiny rocks, a crochet worm named “Wormy,” legos, sequins….
…and even pill bugs.
Yeah, I know.
I’m participating in the blog hop for the Perfect Party Dress by Tie Dye Diva (that’s an affiliate link) and asked her what she wanted me to add to the dress, and she asked for pockets. Deep pockets, to be exact. She’s been “into” asking me to add side seam pockets to skirts – I made a knit skirt for her with pockets (the tutorial for that skirt is here), but she also wanted me to add inseam pockets to this dress.
For, you know, the important stuff, like this:
(by the way, did you know pill bugs aren’t bugs? They’re crustaceans….that look like armadillos, with the scientific name “armadillidiidae” and the higher classification “woodlouse.” Shudder.)
But this isn’t a science lesson, I know. You wanted to learn how to add side seam pockets to skirts….but the pill bugs were seriously an important factor in the success of my photo shoot.
In addition to the pattern – I’m using the Perfect Party Dress pattern (there’s that affiliate link again) I was given for this blog hop, you’ll need your measuring tape and extra fabric to make your pockets.
How to add side seam pockets to skirts (or dresses)
First, measure where you want the pocket to be. I finished the bodice and then draped it on my daughter while she was wearing a standard pair of pants. Then I measured the distance from the bottom of the bodice to the top of the pocket.
To this, add an inch, to account for your seam allowance.
Next, trace widely around the hand that will be in the pocket, and then add an extra inch all the way around for – you guessed it – the seam allowance. Shape the pocket like a downward teardrop, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Trace your pocket on the fold, twice. Then, cut the fabric down the center so you’ll have four pockets – two facing each direction.
On woven fabrics, finish all of your edges first. I used my serger, but you can also zigzag along the edges too.
Place your pocket piece on the side of the skirt, right sides together, at the distance you measured and calculated. Stitch the pocket in place with a 3/8in seam allowance. Repeat with the remaining three sides and pocket pieces.
Lay your skirt pieces right sides together and flip out the pockets like ears. Pin together.
Next, stitch around the pocket, with the 1/2in seam allowance (that’s what this pattern requires, so that’s what I’m using. Follow the seam allowance for any pattern you’re using…and in the previous step, make sure you sew the pocket onto the side of the skirt with a slightly narrower allowance. This keeps the pockets from sticking out of the skirt or dress). Don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end.
After you’ve stitched your pockets, stitch the side seam the short distance from the waistband to the pocket seam, also remembering to back stitch.
Repeat with the lower part of the skirt (hemline to pocket), and with the second pocket set on the other side.
Then finish off your dress or skirt as directed in your pattern!
I altered this pattern to get a good fit on my daughter, who’s thinner than average. By measuring your child and following the sizing charts in any pattern, you can get a good fit almost every time. Learn how to do simple pattern alterations for your children (and yourself) in just a few extra steps!
Thanks so much to Kathy of Handmade Dress Haven for inviting me to participate in this blog hop for Tie Dye Diva’s Perfect Perfect Party Dress (the final affiliate link, I promise, but the pattern really is lovely and quite simple to make.) I enjoyed seeing the 15 other variation on all the different blogs. You can see them all on Pinterest – be sure to visit everyone’s Pinterest link to view the tutorials on their blogs! You’ll learn a lot of different ways to change up this pattern.
Oh – and if you want to learn the secret to sewing buttons by hand – you’ll love this post on how to sew buttons! A secret is revealed… 🙂
Deanna McCool writes for sewmccool.com. I hope you enjoyed learning how to add side seam pockets to skirts. To make sure you don’t miss any posts, please follow SewMcCool by e-mail (the link is at the top of the right-hand column) or join me on BlogLovin’ – the button is just below the e-mail feed box! 🙂
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