How to add pockets to a top or dress

Add pockets to anything-dresses, tops, skirts, etc...
I'll show you how in the following steps. If I can do it..... .. . you know the rest.

First, put on your garment and decide where you want the pockets to sit. Mark the general area with an erasable marking pen. 

Cut out the pocket pattern pieces - there will be four pieces (two for each pocket). If you don't have a basic pocket pattern, draw half a heart shape and use that. 
I used a pocket from an old McCalls pattern.

Place pins at the starting and stopping point, according to the size of your pocket.

 Unpick all the stitching--go slowly. After the first few picks it becomes easier.

 Get each pocket ready. These two pieces are for the first pocket.

Place the first pocket piece right sides together onto your garment. Stitch a 1/4" seam where I have my pins:

Do the same thing for the other side of the garment with the matching reverse pocket piece (still working on the same pocket).

 Now you will have two flappy pocket pieces with your garment in the middle. 

Now pin the pocket pieces together, RST, and sew around the pocket as I have placed the pins below:

 Make sure to back stitch where the pocket meets the garment for extra strength. 
Do the same with the other side. That's it!

I apologize for photos- clearly I need less coffee and a tripod. LOL!

Hope this helps you add pockets to any garment!

1 comment:

  1. Very helpful post, I never image that add pockets to my dress all by myself. Thanks for share this with us!


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