How to Add Pockets to Any Dress Pattern

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So you find the perfect dress pattern. It’s beautiful and flowy, something straight out of a fairy tale. And you’re like…

Hey! I could totally live in that thing!

But then you’re also like…

Hey! Dresses are actually super impractical.

So then you’re like…

This is why all awesome dresses have pockets. With pockets in your dress, you can now justify not wearing pants ever again for the rest of your life! So let me take you to pocket-dress pleasuretown using my free Teardrop Dress Pocket pattern, shown in this beautiful Summer Breeze dress I made:

Pssst! This rayon challis is from Pretty Posh Prints and it’s so comfortable I refused to take it off even though I never left my house and was covered in spit up most of the day…

So now that you’ve seen the pockets in all their glory, let’s get you making your own! Start by downloading the free pocket pattern here.


Make sure you print your pocket pattern at 100% or actual size. Then cut it out and use it to cut 4 mirror pieces of coordinating or matching fabric for your dress. The right side of the fabric is represented in these instructions by the polka dot pattern. The wrong side is represented by the grey color.

Also, be sure to use some washable marker to mark the stitch marking on the wrong side of the pieces.

Find the point in your dress pattern where your natural waist will hit. Lay your pocket pieces on top of your dress/skirt pieces with the right sides together and the flat edge of the pocket out towards the side seam. Drop them so that the top of the pocket is about 2.5″ from the point of your natural waist.

The natural waist is illustrated in these pictures as the top edge of the skirt piece.

Use your sewing machine to stitch the pockets to the skirt/dress pieces starting at the top of the pocket and stopping at the stitch marking.

Next, flip the pockets outward and press the seams in towards the skirt pieces.

When it is time for you to sew your side seams in the assembly of your garment, lay the skirt pieces on top of one another with the right sides together then stitch down the sides making sure to go around the pockets as illustrated below.

That’s it! Flip your dress right side out and your inseam pockets will be good to go.

Now go forth and make all the pocket dresses!

Editor’s Note: Do you love pockets as much as we do? Try them on the Rosa Tulip Dress

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1 thought on “How to Add Pockets to Any Dress Pattern”

  1. You are awesome! I was just sewing a dress for my daughter when she asked if I would add pockets. I just could not wrap my brain around how to do it best (and easiest!). A quick internet search brought me to your page and it worked like a charm!! Thank you from me and my daughter!!

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