If you have a son or a daughter in kindergarten age, you certainly know how much they love pockets (well, maybe not all of them, but most do)! LilPotato adores to fill them with stones (preferably white!), flowers, little toys…

And, if a pair of pants (or a skirt, or a dress) is without pockets… she’s not ok with it! She will wear it, but she will fill mom’s bag with all these goodies!
So, since mum don’t really like stones in her bag, today I’m showing you hot to add a simple

In-Side-Seam Pocket

with a Bonus FREE pattern of a pocket shape, sized a 5 years hand.

Hint: For bigger or smaller hands (and pockets too), you can simply resize it with a photocopier, or print with resize!

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern

What you need to add an In-Seam Pocket:

  • the In-Side-Seam Pocket Pattern (add seam allowances!)
  • fabric scraps
  • a pair of pants, a skirt or a dress where add pockets

 

You can add these pockets to an existing garment too! Simply open side seams with your seam ripper, and press them flat. Then mark on both front and back pieces upper and lower marks, where pocket will start and stop (the pattern I’ve made has a 11,5 cm opening length)

When you have your pocket pattern, cut 4 pieces (two for left pocket, two for right pocket, mirrored).

Consider that the straightgrain runs parallel to the straight edge of the pocket, vertically.

Now put one of the pocket pieces RSF (Right Sides Facing), matching the straight edge to the seam allowances of each front and back piece.

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern - pin

Sew together, using a seam allowance slightly smaller than the ones your pattern asks for (so the pocket will be perfectly hide in-seam)

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern - sew

Finish the edges together with your serger or simply with a zig zag, only between the notches where you’ve just sewn your pocket on.

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern - serge

Press the seam, pulling the pocket outside the main piece. Do that on both front and back pieces (4 times), than put your front piece over your back, RSF,  and pin all around the side seam and the pocket:

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern - pin all seam

Stitch together, all in one only stitching.

Tip: while you change direction in stitching, going from side seam to pocket and from pocket to side seam, go back and forth, just to reinforce this stress point!

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern - stitch all seam

Finish with your serger or with a zig-zag stitch all the seam you’ve just done, then press the side seam and the pocket toward center front!

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern - serge all seam

That’s all, your pocket is in!

Serger Pepper Add an In-Side-Seam the easy way to any existing pattern - a perfect pocket

I like to use this lazy technique every time I have a lined dress or skirt, or with pants (lined or not). If I have a skirt or a dress without lining I think it’s better to use a french seam technique, slightly more difficult but not that much… but this is another story, and I’ll talk about it next monday!

 

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