Raglan dress real pockets

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We’ve been talking a lot about the fake pockets on the raglan dress.  KIDS WANT REAL POCKETS TO STORE TREASURES!!  RIGHT??

I am learning…  My baby girl isn’t to that stage yet so it didn’t cross my mind when designing the pattern.

Good thing I have friends like you to tell me how it is 🙂

This photo sequence will show you one option on how to add real pockets to the dress. There are different ways it can be done, I just think this one is cute.

Starting out, you will cut out all the pieces like normal EXCEPT the pocket backings.

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To create new pocket backings, take the front pattern and mark a line about 0.5″ from the top of the pocket arc.

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Make another mark about 0.5″-0.75″ in from the center, on the waist.

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Sketch a curved line from the top marking to the bottom marking.  You can use a curved tool as well to trace a smoother curve.

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Cut that part out of the pattern piece.

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I have my fabric folded in half so when I cut on top I will get opposite pocket backings.  When you cut them out, just go straight at the pocket area.

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Now, sew the pocket binding onto the front pattern pockets and sew the serged seam flat to the dress.

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The pockets will get placed so the right side is showing in the pocket.  I serged the edges of mine because I used woven cotton, if you are using knit you don’t have to.

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Pin the edges to the dress so you know where to sew.

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Sew along the edge of the pocket backing.  I like sewing from the top, it seems to look nicer for me but you can sew from the back if that’s easier.   They should both have a nice looking arc after you sew them on.

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Continue sewing the dress as usual now.  Sew the sleeves to the front and back, sew down the side seams.

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Sew the cuffs and bands closed and serge them to the sleeves, waist and neck.

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Now you have officially awesome pockets to put wooden keys in and such..

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If you need to buy the raglan dress still you can find it here.

Thanks guys!  I’ll be back soon with more.

-Melissa

  • Megs G

    Thank you, I wok try this on my next one. I have gotten so fast at these.

  • Cari Ann Fritz

    Did you use a regular straight stitch when sewing the arch of the pocket or did you increase stitch length?? Thanks so much going to try today!

    • Hey! I used a little longer stitch. Any straight stitch length will be fine, I tend to like a wider stitch for the look though.

  • Cecilie Johansen

    This is perfect! I would love that option for the Faux pocket pants as well.

  • Elly

    I think I will just use a single large strip so that you get one big pocket accessible from both sides. I always like pockets that join up in the middle.