Truth is, I'm a pocket addict. I must have my pockets. I may or may not actually put anything in said pocket, but it's my little security blanket anyway. This means I often want to add a pocket to a pattern that doesn't have one. In so doing, I often end up re-inventing the wheel as I try to remember how to do it. I say to myself "Self, you've done this enough, you know what to do". I draw out a new pocket template to match my pattern, dive in.....
....and realize after a seam or two that I've done it all wrong and wonky.
So I unpick what I've done, tuck my tail between my legs, and go off in search of a pattern to guide me.
This time, I decided to document how I did it in my newest project, so here's my little reminder to myself of how it's done. Maybe one or two of you will find it helpful as well :).
1. Draw pocket pattern/template. Upper edge should match a seam (like the waist) for stability.
2. Mark the area where you want the opening of the pocket to be.
3. Trim, press, and understitch.
4. Stitch long, curved edge of pocket pieces together.
5. Baste pocket to front.
6. The last step is to add the back of the skirt (or pants). Mark the top and bottom of the pocket opening on your seam. The back, front, and pocket seams are all sewn together at once, along the side seams; pull the front of the pocket out of the way as you stitch by it, leaving the pocket opening free. To clarify, the BACK of the pocket is stitched to the BACK of the skirt, all the way from top to bottom of the seam. The FRONT of the pocket and the front of the skirt are stitched to the back of the skirt above and below the pocket opening. Hope this is clear!
The finished project will be revealed soon!