Pockets are great! They are built-in compartments that can supplement or replace a handbag or purse. Here is a previous post about the hidden treasure of sewn pockets, but what about the majority of fabulous dresses & skirts without pockets? Let’s add them!
The easiest garments to add pockets are non-stretchy fabric (cotton is my favorite) with a tight weave to “hold” the pocket. Try to match the pocket fabric for similar or coordinating color and fabric type, then plan out your pocket location.
This is a great pocket for sheath dresses, tight fit, or straight skirts for beginners. Select your pocket-less garment and fabric for the pocket, then follow the steps below.
- Print this Top Pocket Pattern and trim at the solid black line.
- Fold pocket fabric, align the pattern at the fold, and cut 1 for each pocket. For heavier fabric, fold 1 inch at the fold line and leave the majority of the pocket single layer.
- Mark the pocket location on the outside on the garment. For dark fabrics, mark the fabric with bar soap (use it like a crayon).
- Turn under the outside edges and sew under.
- With the fold at the top, pin the pocket to the garment and sew the sides and bottom
For pocket practice, try adding simple pockets to an older comfy garment. I wear knit dresses around the house and by the pool, so this grey dress was a perfect candidate for pockets. For children’s clothes, ribbon or bias tape could go on the outside. Or, add decorative buttons on the corners.