patch pockets

Using the pocket pattern piece, trace and cut out two pockets in the dress or contrasting fabric. Finish the sides with pinking shears, zig zag stitch or serger.

Next, fold over the top of pocket 1/4 inch (6mm) to the inside and press.

Fold over a second time, creating anywhere from 1/2 inch (12 mm) to 1 inch (2.5 cm) fold. Press and pin.

Top stitch the fold, either from the wrong side or from the right side, using the fold line as a guide. You can also measure from the top fold and make a line using tailors chalk. Repeat with second pocket.

With right sides facing, pin both pockets together.

Switch to the largest stitch setting on your machine and baste the two pockets together using a 1/4 inch (6mm) seam allowance. Do not back-stitch at the beginning or end.

Next turn the sewn pockets right side out, using fingers to push and smooth the curved edges.

Give the edges of the sewn pockets a good pressing.

Using a seam ripper, undo the basted stitches, carefully preserving the folded over edge.

Remove the threads and carefully press both pockets. You now have a pair of symmetrical pockets with raw edges folded to the inside.

Determine the best position for your pockets, pin to your dress and top stitch both pockets in place.