The right way to Add In-Seam Pockets to a Garment

You may need to bookmark our useful video to observe the stitching steps as you go, or the photograph information is beneath.

Insert these pockets into your selfmade garment earlier than you begin stitching the items collectively. Resolve the place you need the pockets to sit down – maintain up the entrance cloth piece to your physique, think about placing your fingers within the pockets, and mark with pins the place the highest of the pocket openings will fall on the facet seams. Mark the identical place on the again cloth piece – let’s say it’s a skirt for the remainder of this tutorial, nevertheless it could possibly be a costume, the skirt a part of a costume, trouser legs…

The perimeters of this pocket sample are straight – for those who’re making one thing that has a curved facet seam, merely curve the facet seam on the pocket sample to suit your garment.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Lower 4 pocket items, or two symmetrical pairs. Lower 4 strips of iron-on interfacing 2cm (3/4in) broad by 19cm (7½in) lengthy.

Lay the interfacing strips over the fallacious facet of the facet seams on the back and front legs or skirts, the highest of the strip 10mm (3/8in) above the pin marking the highest of the pocket opening. Take away the pins and press the interfacing strips in place with a sizzling, dry iron.

For those who’re utilizing woven cloth, end the skirt or leg facet seams and the sides of the pocket items utilizing zigzag sew or an overlocker (serger).

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Place a pocket piece over the entrance skirt or leg, proper sides collectively, so the pocket facet seam strains up with the skirt or leg facet seam, and the curve of the pocket is pointing in the direction of the skirt or leg hem. Place the highest of the pocket facet seam 10mm (3/8in) beneath the highest of the interfacing strip (which is on the fallacious facet of the material), and pin in place. Sew with a 10mm (3/8in) seam allowance. Repeat on the opposite facet seam of the entrance skirt or leg, after which on the again skirt or leg, making certain the pockets on the again skirt or leg line up with these on the entrance.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Fold the pockets away from the skirts or legs and press. It is a good suggestion to understitch the pocket to the facet seam now, near the be a part of, to cease the pocket from peeping out.

Place the entrance skirt or leg over the again skirt or leg, proper sides collectively. Pin them collectively down the facet seams and across the pocket curves, matching up the pockets and notches, and leaving the facet seam the place it joins the pockets unpinned. Mark pivot factors on the fallacious facet of the skirt or leg 15mm (5/8in) in from the uncooked fringe of the facet seams and pockets – marked in yellow on the pic above.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Utilizing a 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance, sew down one facet seam till you attain the primary pivot level. With the needle down, increase the presser foot and pivot the material till the pocket curve is pointing in the direction of the needle, then decrease the presser foot and proceed stitching across the pocket curve. Whenever you attain the second pivot level, pivot the material once more and stitch down the remainder of the skirt facet seam. Repeat on the opposite facet seam.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Press the pockets and seam allowances in the direction of the entrance skirt or leg. And proceed stitching your undertaking!

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

And there you’ve it – easy-peasy pockets to stash your money, keys and sweeties 🙂

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