Mizzie Modifies: DIY Fashion - Add Pockets To a Dress or Skirt

How much do you love a dress with pockets?  I know I do.  Sometimes I won't even try on a dress if it doesn't have pockets.  This weird obsession of mine, that has kept me from buying some very cute summer dresses I might add, got me thinking.  What if I could buy the dresses I love without pockets then use my "Mizzie Modifies - DIY fashion" skills and add pockets myself?  I thought this way I could save some serious cash, since pockets add to the cost of a garment, and give myself more choice when shopping for my favorite summer item, the cotton summer dress. It's a win win!!!

This is a dress I bought that did not have pockets.  It was on sale for £15, bargain! 

- Dress with no pockets
- Small piece of fabric about half a yard
- Seam Ripper
- Scissors
- Straight pins
- Thread
- Sewing machine

Time to modify: about 1 1/2 hours

Step One: Find a pocket that you like in a garment you already own.  This will serve as your pocket pattern.  You will also need some fabric, preferably a similar or lighter fabric than the garment you are adding a pocket to. 

Step Two: Trace the outline of the pocket onto your fabric.  You will need four copies of the pocket pattern.  I folded my fabric in four layers so I would only need to cut once.

Step Three: Cut out your pockets

Step Four :  Using a seam ripper or small pair of scissors make a 10 inch whole in your dress approximately 3 inches from the waistline.  I used my butterfly dress as a guide for placement.

Step Five: Pin the right sides of the fabrics together one on the front and one on the back

Step Six: Sew a seam down the edges on each side where the pins are then fold back the seams and iron.

Step Seven: Turn the garment inside out and pin the two sides of the pocket together and sew around the edges. 

Step 8:  Make sure there are no open spaces between the seam on the dress and your new pocket.  If there are just go back and sew those closed by hand or machine. 

And that's it! Now repeat the process for the other pocket and you are done!  I really love this modifies I am planning on sewing pockets in like 7 of my dresses.  

Get creative.  If you have a solid dress use a patterned pocket fabric or a contrasting color. 

Happy Modifying!